Tuition fee

Higher education

The fee that a domestic fee-paying student pays for their unit of study. The fee may be paid by the student or by another person, agency or organisation on behalf of the student. Excludes fees collected as or in lieu of fees for student associations or student unions. Excludes fees paid by an employer for a place fully funded by an employer.

See Higher Education Administrative Information for Providers for more information.


The total fee to be charged to the student for a course or part of a course (including the 'covered fees' (amounts covered by the loan) plus any gap fees (tuition fees in excess of the loan amount). See VET Student Loans Manual for Providers for more information.

Application of glossary term:
  • Unit enrolment (HE)
  • Unit enrolment (VET)