What it costs
Our course pages give an indication of the tuition fees for each course, but should be used as a guide only, because tuition fees are charged per unit and you often have a choice of units you can study within a course.
Keep in mind there may be some fees specific to your course that are in addition to your tuition fees. For example, if your study involves using a laboratory, you may need a lab coat, safety glasses and gumboots. Or, if you take a jewellery design unit, you will need to pay for some of the materials you use. These are called incidental fees. For more information on the incidental fees for specific courses, contact the relevant head of school or course coordinator in your intended area of study.
Sort your budget
Use our UniSpendometer to get an indication of the expenses you can expect as a student.
You'll probably need to purchase course-specific textbooks as well, which can add up. Visit the Curtin University Bookshop site for an idea of what your books might cost.
The Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a fee that is being charged by universities throughout Australia to support non-academic services and facilities for students. Examples are sporting and recreational activities, childcare, and food services. Learn more about the SSAF.
HECS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in Commonwealth Supported Places. It can cover all or part of your fees. If you receive a HECS-HELP loan, the Australian Government pays the loan amount directly to us on your behalf.
If you've deferred the payment of fees through HECS-HELP, you don't have to begin repaying the debt until your income is above the minimum repayment threshold. These payments are then deducted from your income similar to normal income taxes.
For more information on HECS-HELP, visit the Federal Government's Study Assist site.
The Federal Government, through Centrelink, supports eligible students with a range of payments including Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY and Assistance for Isolated Children.
Our scholarships program provides support to students whose financial situation may affect their ability to study at university.
Under certain circumstances, a refund or remission of fees previously paid upfront may be granted. For full details, see refunds and remissions at our Fees website.