Fees & Scholarships

2019 Fees

Fee type Fees per 12.5 credit point subject Fees for 2019
(8 subjects)
Approximate total course cost (based on a three year program) Government Loan Scheme Upfront payments

Australian Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$1,344* $10,754* $33,347*

Based on an expected 1.5% increase each year^ 

Australian citizens are eligible for HECS-HELP, a loan scheme which allows payments to be deferred.

For Australian citizens using HECS-HELP, upfront payments are optional.

For students who are not Australian citizens, fee costs apply during course.

Australian Full Fee plus JD Bursary**

** The JD Bursary entitles a student to fee relief with the expectation of covering the gap between the full cost of the course and the amount that can be deferred to a government loan, subject to the government higher education reforms.

$5,032

$40,256 $126,907

Based on a maximum 5% increase each year

Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme which allows most of the course payment costs to be deferred.

Approximate FEE-HELP limit 2018: $102,392^

For Australian citizens using FEE-HELP, upfront payments are optional.

For students who are not Australian citizens, fee costs apply during course.

Australian Full Fee

$5,032 $40,256 $126,907

Based on a maximum 5% increase each year

Australian citizens are eligible for FEE-HELP, a loan scheme which allows most of the course payment costs to be deferred.

Approximate FEE-HELP limit 2018: $102,392^

For Australian citizens using FEE-HELP, approximately $24,515 to pay throughout degree.

For students who are not Australian citizens, fee costs apply during course.

International Full Fee

$5,032

$40,256 $126,907

Based on a maximum 5% increase each year
Not applicable

Fee costs apply during course.

* This amount is based on 2018 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) student contribution amounts, the 2019 amounts have not yet been released by the government.

^ This amount is an estimate only based on a 1.5% increase in FEE-HELP per year. The actual level of increase for FEE-HELP in 2019 and subsequent years has not yet been announced.

Fee types

  • Australian Commonwealth Supported Places

    Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand citizens are automatically considered for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) when they submit their application for the Melbourne JD.

    Melbourne Law School awards a substantial number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) with a minimum of 20% awarded on access and equity grounds under the Graduate Access Melbourne program. The remaining CSPs are awarded based on academic achievement.

    As a CSP student your tuition costs are subsidised by the Government. Australian citizens and students who hold a permanent humanitarian visa who will be residents in Australia for the duration of each subject can apply for HECS-HELP which helps students pay the student contribution amount for subject(s) of study in which they are enrolled as a CSP student.

  • Australian Full Fee with JD Bursary

    Melbourne Law School offers at least 100 Melbourne JD Bursaries to domestic fee-paying students. The bursaries entitle each student to JD fee relief with the expectation of covering the gap between the full cost of the course and the amount that can be deferred to a FEE-HELP debt. Bursaries will be awarded based on financial need, academic achievement or a combination of both.

    The indicative cost of the standard three year program for students commencing in 2019 is an estimate only that is provided to assist you in making your decisions. The University guarantees that fees will not increase by more than 5% for subjects in any year. Melbourne Law School aims to keep fee increases to a minimum.

    Australian citizens are eligible to apply for the government-sponsored loan FEE-HELP, which enables you to defer your contribution and pay it back over time through the tax system.

  • Australian Full Fee

    The indicative cost of the standard three year program for students commencing in 2019 is an estimate only that is provided to assist you in making your decisions. The University guarantees that fees will not increase by more than 5% for subjects in any year. Melbourne Law School aims to keep fee increases to a minimum.

    Australian citizens are eligible to apply for the government-sponsored loan FEE-HELP, which enables you to defer your contribution and pay it back over time through the tax system.

    Please note, there is currently a gap between the amount you can access through FEE-HELP and the cost of the Melbourne JD. Please see below for a range of forms of financial assistance that may be able to assist you with this cost.

  • International Full Fee

    The indicative cost of the standard three year program for students commencing in 2019 is an estimate only that is provided to assist you in making your decisions. The University guarantees that fees will not increase by more than 5% for subjects in any year.

Scholarships and financial assistance

There are a number of options available to help Melbourne JD students finance their studies, including scholarships, financial aid programs and loan schemes such as FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP.

Melbourne Law School offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that recognise outstanding academic achievement and provide support to students in financial need.

More information on scholarships

High Education Reforms

Updated on 18 December 2017

The changes proposed in this reform package have not yet been passed into legislation.

These proposed changes will not affect fees for most international students.

Key changes that will affect students enrolling in 2018:

  • In 2018 the University of Melbourne will have an unchanged number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) for domestic students who enter our undergraduate degrees. These students will be eligible to apply for a CSP or Australian Fee place for graduate courses in the future, should they successfully complete the course prerequisites. The government’s plans for funding graduate CSPs for 2019 and beyond are not clear at this stage. The University will provide full details on their webpage once they are known.
  • From 1 July 2018, there will be revised repayment thresholds under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) that includes a new minimum threshold of $45,000 with a 1 per cent repayment rate and a maximum threshold of $131,989 with a 10 per cent repayment rate. The minimum HELP repayment will be reduced to $51,956 for the 2018/19 income year.
  • From 1 January 2019, a combined lifetime limit will apply for all tuition fee assistance under HECS-HELP, FEE-HELP, VET FEE-HELP and VET Student Loans of $104,440 for most students and $150,000 for students undertaking medicine, dentistry and veterinary science courses.
  • The Government has confirmed that for 2018 there will be no changes to the current arrangements for New Zealand citizens and Australian Permanent Residents, so these students will be eligible for CSPs.

Information on Australian fee-paying places

You can check the Australian Department of Education for updates and further information.

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