Fees and Fee Help

Stirling Theological College is committed to keeping all fees to a minimum. This is possible due to giving by our churches, donors and through fundraising.

The fees for 2018 are:

Audit Fee for taking a subject without assessment $575.00

For domestic and overseas undergraduate students (diploma/degree courses)

Cost of applying – nil for domestic students, $300 for overseas students
Cost per subject unit – $1,548.00
Annual cost for full-time study – $12,384.00
Number of subject units per semester for full-time study 4 (8 per year)

For domestic and overseas post-graduate coursework students (graduate certificate/diploma/masters)

Cost of applying – nil for domestic students, $300 for overseas students
Cost per subject unit – $2,400.00
Annual cost for full-time study – $14,400.00
Number of subject units per semester for full-time study 3 (6 per year)

For domestic postgraduate research students (masters)

Cost of applying – nil
Annual cost for full-time study – $10,794.00

For doctoral students

Annual cost part-time study – $8,376.00
Annual cost full-time study – $16,752.00 (note that tuition fees for doctoral students may be funded by the University of Divinity research training scheme)

Click here for a PDF file showing fees for 2018 and duration of the various University of Divinity courses. (Click here for a PDF file showing fees for 2017).

(The above prices include tuition, library fee, tea/coffee but do not include the cost of reading packs and books which is usually an additional $25.00 – $39.00 each subject).

Overseas students who are enrolling for the first time and require a student visa will be charged an administrative fee of $300.00.

Should a student withdraw from a unit within the first three weeks of a semester, fees (apart from any application or late fees) will be refunded.

Fees are payable at the beginning of each semester or at the time of registration.

Students who have not paid academic fees by the end of the third week of semester risk being formally “withdrawn” unless they have signed an agreement with University of Divinity’s Director of Finance. Academic transcripts will not be forwarded to students with outstanding debts.

Fee-Help for students

Fee Help is the name of the Commonwealth Government education loan scheme. It is a loan given to eligible students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. A FEE-HELP loan can cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Students who are Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa are eligible (permanent residents are not eligible). Under current rules for FEE-HELP, you can borrow up to a maximum of $102,392 (2018 – indexed each year) over your lifetime.

Here are some other important features of FEE-HELP:

• For undergraduate courses of study, a loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans. No loan fee is payable for postgraduate courses.
• The Commonwealth pays the amount of the loan directly to the student’s provider (university of Divinity).
• Students repay their loan through the tax system once their income is above the minimum threshold (in 2017-2018 = $55,874.00).

More information on FEE-HELP is available from the Stirling Registrar or you can find detailed information on Fee-Help by clicking here or you can download an information booklet by clicking here.

Please note that overseas students and holders of permanent resident visas are not entitled to Fee-Help.

Youth Allowance and Austudy

Youth Allowance and Austudy are available to students undertaking vocational degrees. Students who take at least 75% of an equivalent full-time load in a year are eligible for Youth Allowance or Austudy, subject to the same conditions about previous study and income as for study at other tertiary institutions. If a student with a 75% study load in a semester withdraws from one subject, then Austudy will no longer be payable.

Information is available from Centrelink offices or by going to the Austudy Website

Minimum Numbers

Stirling reserves the right not to proceed with a semester unit when registrations are below a minimum number.