Fee Policy and Procedure

On this page you can access links to the Student Fee Policy and Student Fee Procedure for students at UNSW.

Student Fee Policy (pdf)

This Policy specifies the principles for setting, calculating, charging and refunding student fees.

Student Fee Procedure (pdf)

This Procedure specifies the processes which apply to the setting, charging, refunding and collection of tuition fees and other associated fees.


Sponsored or assisted students

Extract from the UNSW Fee Procedure (pdf)

Sponsored students who have provided appropriate documentation from a UNSW-recognised official sponsor are considered to have a formal sponsorship agreement with UNSW that may extend to cover all or part of their tuition and related fees.

Where the formal sponsorship agreement covers payment of tuition fees, UNSW will send an invoice to the sponsor following the relevant census date.

A formal sponsorship agreement does not discharge a student from liability for any fee covered under the arrangement. Responsibility for the payment of tuition fees ultimately remains with the student. In the event that a sponsor defaults on a tuition fee payment to UNSW, the sponsor association will be removed from the student record and the student will be notified of, and immediately liable for the payment of, all unpaid fees.

Where a sponsor association has been removed due to either sponsor or student default from a student record, UNSW will not formally recreate the association with the sponsor until demonstrated evidence of commitment has been received and approved by the Vice-President Finance and Operations or delegate.

Note on fraudulent documentation

UNSW is committed to ensuring the integrity of our degrees for our graduates and adamantly opposes any activities that result in the creation of fraudulent documents or false representation of university studies.

While UNSW cannot speak to individual investigations or to any specific individual student file due to privacy legislation, any such accusations are accorded serious review and attention.

Examples of possible punitive actions might include expulsion, refusal to allow admission and possible legal action.

Where a student is found to have provided fraudulent documentation, the University will consider the record to be ‘on hold’ or suspended until the investigation is complete and a decision regarding the possible outcomes is communicated to the student. No refund of any tuition or deposit will be made whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Where a student is found to have provided fraudulent documentation as part of their application for admission and is excluded as a result, no refund will be made to the student unless the student has paid fees in advance for a period of study which has not yet commenced.