Fees & Scholarships

2019 Fees

Fee type Fees for 2019
(8 subjects)
Indicative total course fee (three year course) Government Loan Scheme

Australian Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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

Melbourne Law School awards a substantial number of 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.

$10,958 $33,3691

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

If using HECS-HELP, upfront payments are optional.

Australian Fee Place plus JD Bursary

The JD Bursary provides a student with fee relief to assist with the gap between the full cost of the course and the amount that can be deferred to the FEE-HELP Government Loan Scheme.

The JD Bursary is applied as a single fee remission at the beginning of each year over three years and not applied to individual subjects.

In recent years Melbourne Law School has offered at least 100 Melbourne JD Bursaries to domestic fee-paying students. Bursaries have been awarded based on financial need, academic achievement or a combination of both.



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

If you have not previously used FEE-HELP, the JD Bursary is expected to be largely sufficient to cover the gap between the full cost of JD and the amount that can be deferred to FEE-HELP. In that situation, upfront payments are optional.

Australian Fee Place

$40,256 $126,907

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

Please note, there is currently a gap between the amount you can access through FEE-HELP and the cost of the Melbourne JD.

If using FEE-HELP, approximately $19,3102 to pay throughout degree.

International Fee Place

$40,256 $126,907 Not applicable

1Based on an expected 1.5% increase each year on the 2019 CSP student contribution amounts.

2Based on an expected 1.5% increase each year on the FEE-HELP limit.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place for your graduate course, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

You’ll pay a student contribution amount – with the amount determined each year by the Australian Government – based on the subjects you take not the overall course you are studying.

You can pay your student contribution amount to the University when you enrol (upfront), or you can defer this cost through the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program (HECS-HELP) if you’re eligible.

The number of Commonwealth Supported Places available is reviewed annually by the University.


Payment of your student contribution amount can be made when you enrol (upfront), or can be deferred through HECS-HELP if you’re eligible.

HECS-HELP is the Australian Government’s Higher Education Loan Program. It enables you to borrow the amount of your student contribution and then pay that loan back once you are in the workforce and earning at a specified level. A HECS-HELP loan is not means tested.

HECS-HELP is available to eligible Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders who are enrolled in a CSP.

The Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about Commonwealth Supported Places and HECS-HELP.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), you will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which in 2018 was $298 for full-time students and $223 for part-time students. SA-HELP, a government funded loan scheme, is available to help eligible students pay all or part of their SSAF.

The Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and SA-HELP.

Australian Fee Places

When you apply, you will automatically be considered for an Australian Fee Place if you meet course entry requirements.

You’ll pay tuition fees for each year that you are enrolled. Tuition fees are calculated according to your course and study load each semester. You may defer payment of your fees via FEE-HELP if you are eligible.

If your course is relevant to your current employment, you may be able to claim fees as a work-related tax deduction.

Tuition fees may be adjusted each year.


FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that helps eligible Australian fee-paying students (full-time or part-time) pay their graduate tuition fees.

FEE-HELP can cover all or part of your tuition fees. The Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to the University. You’ll make repayments on your loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) whenever your income is above the threshold, or you can make voluntary repayment to ATO at any time.

FEE-HELP is not means tested and there is no loan fee for graduate study. If you already have a HECS-HELP loan from your undergraduate studies, you can still access a FEE-HELP loan.

No interest is charged on your FEE-HELP loan, however, it is indexed each year with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) in line with the cost of living.

The Government’s Study Assist website provides more information about FEE-HELP.

Graduate Access Melbourne

You can enhance your opportunity for selection and be considered for a bursary by applying for the University’s Graduate Access Melbourne scheme.

Other Financial Assistance

The University's Student Financial Aid Service can provide you with advice and information on: student loans and bursaries/grants, government student assistance, including Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance, cost of living advice, budgeting and tax advice.

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

To comply with student visa requirements set by the Australian Department of Home Affairs, international students must arrange visa-length Overseas Student Health Cover, which you must maintain while studying in Australia. You are usually required to arrange and purchase this at the same time as accepting your course offer. The University can arrange visa-length OSHC on your behalf with Bupa, the University’s preferred OSHC provider.

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

Higher Education Reforms

Updated 17 August 2018

The Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (Student Loan Sustainability) Bill was recently passed by Parliament and contains a number of changes to student fee arrangements, including:

  • From 1 July 2019, revised repayment income thresholds under the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) will apply. The new minimum threshold is $45,881 with a 1 per cent repayment rate and a maximum threshold of $134,573 with a 10 per cent repayment rate. The minimum threshold for the 2018/19 income year is $51,957.
  • From 1 January 2020, a combined renewable 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 combined limit will only include HECS-HELP debts incurred from 1 January 2020. Any historical HECS-HELP lending for study prior to this date will not count towards the combined limit.

It is important to note that the new lending limits will not apply immediately and not all students will be affected. The University is exploring ways to assist students who may be affected by the loan limits in the future, including through scholarships and bursaries.

Further information on Study Assist FEE-HELP.

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