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If the thought of having to pay for uni is stressing you – don’t worry. There are plenty of payment options available so you won't have to find the money for all your fees upfront (unless you want to).

Tuition fees

The main cost of university study is tuition fees. Each course (subject) has a fee, which varies depending on what you are studying. Each semester you will only be charged for the courses which you have enrolled in. Have a look at our degrees for more specific fee information.

Do I have to pay my course fees upfront?

Don’t stress too much about your course fees, you don’t have to pay straight away! USQ offers a number of payment options:

If you're an Australian citizen, there are three payment options available to you: 

  • defer all of your semester's fees
  • pay a portion of your semester's fees upfront and defer a portion.

If you are an international student, our information on fees for international students will provide you with all of the details you need to know about how you can pay course fees.

Other study costs

While tuition fees are the main costs associated with going to uni, there are some other costs to consider.

Student Services and Amenities Fee

In accordance with Australian Government legislation, you will be charged a Student Services and Amenities Fee to cover services such as employment and career advice, health services, financial advice and other support services. The Student Services and Amenities fee for 2020 is $38.50 per unit point value, not to exceed the annual $308 cap. This Fee is an ongoing cost that is included as part of your tuition fees.

If you are an Australian citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder and eligible to access a HELP loan, you may be eligible to defer payment through the SA-HELP scheme, similar to the HECS-HELP. Please note that cross-institutional students who study courses at USQ are not eligible to defer their USQ SA Fee.


You will most likely need a prescribed textbook for each course (subject) you study at university. Textbooks can cost between AUD 30 and AUD 200. Additional costs may apply for some degrees and courses, e.g. uniforms and special equipment required for Nursing. You can find specific textbook expenses using individual course codes at