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Avondale is a private provider of higher education and is therefore largely reliant on student contributions and tuition fees for the operation of its academic program. The amount you will pay for tuition will vary depending on the course you study and what country you are from. All students will be in one of the following groups.

Unit Costs

View all units offered and associated costs for Higher Education and VET courses.
Units offered and Fees →



A domestic student is defined as:

an Australian Citizen, or;
an Australian Permanent Resident, or;
a Holder of an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa or;
a New Zealand Citizen.

Commonwealth Support Place (CSP)

The Australian Government provides Commonwealth Supported Place (CSPs) offers - formerly called HEC - as a tuition fee subsidisation scheme. These are available to eligible Australian or New Zealand citizens, or to permanent humanitarian visa holders. At Avondale, CSPs are available to Undergraduate Nursing and Initial Training Education students (Undergraduate Teaching and Master of Teaching (Primary/Secondary).
If you apply to enrol in an undergraduate teacher education or nursing degree but are not allocated a Commonwealth Supported Place you will be offered a regular fee-paying place.
New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are required by legislation to pay 100% of your student contribution upfront to Avondale and are not entitled to receive any discount from the Australian Government. If payment is not received by the Census Date, your Commonwealth Supported Place will be revoked and you will be given a Full Fee Paying place.
HECS-HELP does not cover bridging courses, services and facility charges or residence hall fees. See for more details or visit For information about youth allowance for students, visit the Department of Human Services.
CSP Fees
Standard* Unit
Per Unit Cost
Per Semester - 4 units (24 credit points)
*Non-Standard Units will be charged at a higher cost. For the pricing per unit please refer to Commonwealth Supported Pre-2021 (commenced study prior to 2021 or Commonwealth Supported 2021 Onward column (commence study from 2021 onward) for the unit prices on the Units Offered & Fees.

**The unit rate a student is charged is based on the year a student commenced the course. Please refer to Commonwealth Supported Pre-2021 (commenced study prior to 2021 or Commonwealth Supported 2021 Onward column (commence study from 2021 onward) for the unit prices on the Units Offered & Fees.

Non-CSP Tuition Fees

(excluding Higher Degree Research courses)
Domestic Full Fee Paying Students are students who wish to pay their fees direct to Avondale University and do not wish to use, or are not eligible for FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP.

Government Financial Assistance

All Australian citizens who are full fee-paying students at Avondale are able to secure FEE-HELP which enables you to study without paying tuition costs up front. See for more details or visit New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents are not entitled to receive FEE-HELP. FEE-HELP doesn't cover bridging courses, materials, services and facility charges or residence hall fees.
Non-CSP Fees
Standard* Unit
Per Unit Cost
Per Semester - 4 units (24 credit points)
*Non-Standard Units will be charged at a higher cost. This may include units that involve professional placements and music performance. For the pricing per unit please refer to domestic column for the unit prices on the Units Offered & Fees.

An international student is defined as:

A student is from any country other than Australia or New Zealand.

International Tuition Fees

International students are required to enroll in a full-time load of 4 units (24 credit points). Pricing for individual units (subjects) will vary. This is a condition of a Student Visa.
International students are required to pay their fees for the first semester before being able to be enrolled as a Avondale University student. The exact fees will be outlined on the official letter of offer, including tuition fees, Student Services Amenities Fee (SSAF) and accommodation/meals (if applicable)
International Fees
Standard* Unit
Per Unit Cost
Per Semester - 4 units (24 credit points)
*IMPORTANT: Non-Standard Units will be charged at a higher cost. This may include units that involve professional placements and music performance. For the pricing per unit please refer to the International Full Fees column on the Units Offered & Fees.
Please note all pricing is quoted in Australian Dollars (AUD) and is inclusive of GST.
Click here for today's conversion rate for your currency.

Students from the South Pacific Region

These fees are no longer subsidised by the South Pacific Division of the SDA Church. South Pacific Region students pay the same fees as other international students. They are required to pay each semester's fees upfront.

Overseas Heath Cover

The Australian Government requires all holders of a student visa to have approved health cover for the duration of their visa, Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC). To find a cover that suits you please visit to compare the different covers available.

International Loyalty Discount

Download the International Loyalty Discount form to apply.

Federal Student Loans

Avondale University is a 'Deferment-Only' institution. As a deferment-only institution, we remain committed to offering US students opportunities to study at Avondale. If you wish to apply for funding as a US student, you may be eligible for a private loan. Being a deferment-only institution means we will not accept new students applying for United States Federal Loans, including loans applied for under the Direct Loan Program or the Federal Family Education Loan Program.

Private Student Loans

For American students studying at Avondale University we will liaise with Global Education Management Services (GEMS) who is a private loan provider for US students' educational requirements.

Global Education Management Services (GEMS) partners with highly regarded and experienced financing companies to provide the best in loan options for students from the USA pursuing their educations outside of their home country. As a private loan provider for US students' they can cover the educational requirements such as the cost of tuition fees and living expenses. Global Education Management Services (GEMS) offers a wide range of programs and services designed to promote and enhance the international education experience for both students and universities. With worldwide offices in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia, GEMS personnel have years of experience and expertise in the fields of higher education financing, recruitment and student services management.

The Global Education Management Services (GEMS) Smart Options Student Loan by Sallie Mae® is an ideal solution to help students cover the cost of their education expenses.

The Smart Option Student Loan features and benefits

• Competitive Interest Rates
• Borrow up to 100% of school certified education costs (minimum $1,000)
• Multiple in-school repayment options available
• Borrower benefits available – like rewards and interest rate reductions
• Rates that reward creditworthy borrowers
• Applying with a creditworthy cosigner may help you qualify and/or receive a lower rate
• Fast Online Application. The easy-to-complete application takes about 20 minutes. It's quick and easy
• 24/7 online account management
• No prepayment penalty
If you are successful in obtaining a private loan, Avondale University will normally receive 2 cheques over the course of 12 months or the period of enrolment up to 12 months for each loan.

If you make any changes to your enrolment such as a Leave of Absence (LOA) or course withdrawal, it is very important you advise Student Finance so that the necessary reporting adjustments can be made to your loan.

Deferring Loans

Avondale University can approve deferments for students who have already received US Federal Student Loans. If you have in the past received a US Federal Student Loan and you are enrolled at Avondale University on at least a part-time basis, you can apply to defer repayment of those loans. Please contact your lender for the appropriate deferment form and submit this with your request to Student Finance.

Accounts & Other Fees

Students have two (2) accounts accessible through Student Connect under the Finance tab:
• Tuition Account (incl. Student Services Amenities Fees (SSAF))– current/historical tuition and SAAF historical invoices. You will also be able to view your tuition/SSAF balance along with any payments made towards these fees by clicking Tuition Payments Received.
• General Account – Other transactions e.g. late enrolment fees, library, non-tuition charges, tuition payment plans etc. Click General Account Balance.

Tuition, SSAF & General Invoices

Tuition Invoices

• Once you have completed the online unit enrolment process through Student Connect you can then run your current tuition invoice.
• Under the Finance header select – Tuition Current Invoice. 
• If you make any changes to your enrolment, you will need run a new tuition invoice.

Student Services Amenities Fees (SSAF) Invoice

• Your SSAF invoice will be emailed directly to your student email once you have completed the online unit enrolment process through Student Connect
• Any changes to your enrolment e.g. adding/removing a until will result in an amended invoice being issued to your student email.
• If you are a new student and eligible for a Government SA-HELP loan you will be sent an invitation to apply after completing your online unit enrolment
• If you are a returning student and have a Government SA Help Loan or an approved Employee Subsidy this will show on your invoice.
• For more information about SSAF please click here.

General Account Invoices

• General Account invoices e.g. late payment fees, late enrolment fees, library fines are all emailed to your Avondale Student email.
• The invoiced charges will be visible on your General Account the following business day
• Under the Finance header select – General Account Balance and if you wish to view future amounts due select "View records for (current year)"
• Please note reminders are not sent, please contact us if you cannot make payment by the due date


Lake Macquarie Campus

To recognise the impact of the increase in the cost of living for families across Australia, Avondale University will waive the cost of parking on the Lake Macquarie campus in 2024. Residential students will be required to register their vehicle in the ResLife portal and park in the designated areas.

Designated Parking Areas

Day student parking - P1 (General car park)
Residential student parking - P1, P7 (Watson Hall Residents) or P8 (Ella Boyd Residents)
Students/On Campus Residences are not to park spaces identified as Staff, Disabled, and Visitor or Service bays.
Lake Macquarie Campus Map

Sydney Campus

Parking for residents, staff, and visitors across the entire Hospital estate is on a user pays basis. Pre-paid parking can be achieved through either an Annual Pass or a Parking Pass. Parking is managed through the hospital’s Security Department. Application for, payment and issuing of parking permits is with Security. Please Note: no charge applies to vehicles that enter and leave the estate within a 10-minute timeframe.

If you have any parking-related questions or issues, please contact our Security Department on 02 9487 9988 or email [email protected].
Sydney Campus Map

Fitlife Gym and Pool - Purchasing Semester Membership

Fitlife Health Club is a privately operated business located on the Avondale Campus. It has all the facilities of a standard commercial fitness centre as well as an outdoor 25m heated pool.

Student FitlLife membership for 2024 ($103) includes pool access (purchased before census date each semester).
Student Pool Access - pay $4 for each visit to swim or $3 for each visit to be a spectator.
Students can purchase a Pool Pass for 20 visits for $75 or 40 visits for $150 (directly from FitLife).

Please note: If your Employee Subsidy has been approved this will be reflected when selecting your package (noting $ amounts in red). If you believe you are eligible and this not reflected please contact Student Finance before proceeding.

For more information, please visit or phone Fitlife at (02) 4980 2308.
Purchase Fitlife Gym Membership


Students can purchase printing credits online via the Avondale library. Please visit the following web page as this will clearly outline what to do. If you have any questions, please contact the Avondale Library at (02) 4980 2257 or [email protected].
Purchase Print Credit

Lockers - Lake Macquarie Campus Day Student Lockers

Student lockers at the Lake Macquarie Campus are placed in a central campus location allowing students to store their belongings securely. Students have the option to pay locker hire per week or for a full semester;

$30 per week (Sunday to Friday)*
$70 per semester *

*$30 replacement key charge for keys not returned.

Text Books

Textbooks are available from the Avondale Book Shop. The average cost for textbooks may vary from $400 AUD to $600 AUD per semester.

Receipt/Invoice Reprinting Charge:

Students who require more than two Tuition or General receipts reprinted or emailed will be charged a $10 fee. Requests must be made via email to [email protected] and will be processed within 48 hours.

Course Specific Costs

Students in some courses may incur additional costs for course materials (e.g. teaching aid materials for BEd students, lab fees as well as art and photography supplies for Visual Arts students, coaching charges for PE students) etc. Course Coordinators are able to advise on these details for specific courses.

Nursing Uniforms

Students are required to purchase nurses' uniforms in the first year of the course. The cost is approximately $200.
For information about residential fees and to apply, visit Accommodation →


Reduce the cost of your study­­ by applying for a range of generous scholarships. The scholarships recognise qualities such as achievement, commitment or passion and support equitable access to higher education.
See available scholarships →

Contact Information

Student Finance
Telephone: 02 4980 2108
Facsimile: 02 4980 2118
Email: [email protected]
Student Administration
Telephone: 02 4980 2377
Facsimile: 02 4980 2151
Email: [email protected]
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