Fee Assistance

Torrens University Australia is a private university. It is not funded by the Australian Government and charges tuition fees for all of its undergraduate, postgraduate coursework and research courses. Eligible students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP.

What is FEE-HELP?

FEE-HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP applies to undergraduate, postgraduate and research study. Students repay their FEE-HELP debt through the tax system when their income exceeds the minimum threshold for compulsory payments. In the 2014-2015 tax year, the income threshold is $53,345.

Who is eligible?

Torrens students are eligible to obtain a FEE-HELP loan if they are:

  • an Australian citizen, or
  • a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa and living in Australia for the duration of their course.

How much can I borrow?

In 2015, students have a lifetime loan limit of $97,728 for all courses except Medicine, Veterinary Science and Dentistry for which the limit is $122,162. The limit is indexed annually. Once you have reached this limit, you will not be able to borrow any more even if you have made repayments to the Australian Tax Office.

How do I apply?

If you receive an offer from Torrens, you will also receive a Request for FEE-HELP Assistance Form to complete if you want to access FEE-HELP to defer payment of some or all of your tuition fees. You will need to quote your tax file number or provide a Certificate of Application for a Tax File Number. The form must be returned to Torrens University Australia before the commencement date of your course.

Need more information?

For detailed information, including a FEE-HELP information booklet, please refer to the Australian Government’s Study Assist website or contact Torrens on +61 8 8113 7821.

2016 Course Fee Schedule

The 2016 Domestic Course Fee Schedule and 2016 International Student Course Fee Schedule indicate the cost per trimester for your course. The University reserves the right to increase your fees by up to 10 per cent in each calendar year that you are enrolled. This allows the University to adjust fees, if necessary, to cover increases in the cost of delivering your course.

Fees for each trimester must be paid before the trimester commences.

If you withdraw from a course or subject you will be eligible for a refund or a re-credit of your FEE-HELP balance in accordance with out Student Refund Policy or for international students, the International Student Refund Policy.


If you’re a domestic student, your investment in your education is protected by Torrens’ membership of the TAFE Directors Australia Higher Education Assurance Scheme. If you are a domestic student, please refer to our Tuition Assurance Statement.

International students are covered by our membership to the Tuition Protection Scheme, an initiative of the Australian Government to assist international students whose education providers are unable to fully deliver their course of study. The TPS ensures that international students are able to either complete their studies in another course or with another education provider or receive a refund of their unspent tuition fees

In the event that Torrens University Australia defaults on a course in relation to an international student or intending international student by failing to provide the student’s course at the commencement date and agreed location, or ceases to provide the student’s course before completion, the University’s membership of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) will ensure that the student receives a refund or is placed in an suitable alternative course.


Under the HESA Act, Universities are allowed, in specific circumstances, to charge students fees in addition to their tuition fees, for expenses that are incidental to their course of study. For instance, incidental fees can be charged for food, transport and accommodation costs associated with the provision of field trips that form part of the course of study.

In 2015, undergraduate students will be required to pay their own accommodation and living expenses during their overseas experience. If a student undertakes an trimester of study at a Laureate International University partner as part of their course, Torrens will make all the travel and accommodation arrangements and will cover the costs of airfares, travel and health insurance, and tuition fees at the overseas university.