Policies and procedures

Policy No.
Student Administration
Authoring Organisational Unit
Student Administration - Student Services
Date Approved
Next Review Date
Approving Body

The University of Western Australia

University Policy on: Non-Award Course Fees for Domestic Students

Purpose of the policy and summary of issues it addresses:

This policy sets out the principles applying to the setting and levying of tuition fees applicable to domestic students enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate non-award course at UWA.

This policy does not apply to University Extension students, students studying an award course at a higher education provider listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 and enrolled at UWA on a cross-institutional basis, or non-award courses operated by the Graduate Research School.


Policy statement:

1 General Principles

1.1 Non-award course enrolment may include:

  • Students enrolled in a unit or units at UWA for credit to a degree course at a higher education provider not listed in Table A of the Higher Education Support Act 2003;
  • Students enrolled in a Bridging Course for Overseas Trained Professionals;
  • Domestic Study Abroad students: that is, Australian citizens or permanent residents or New Zealand citizens who are studying for an award at an overseas university, but are enrolled at UWA for credit towards their award from the overseas university;
  • UWA students who are enrolled in a non-award course to receive an academic record for a programme of study which supports their current or next award enrolment at UWA.

1.2 Students must be charged a fee for participating in a programme of study on a non-award basis.

1.3 Except for those enrolling in a Bridging Course for Overseas Trained Professionals who are eligible to defer payment, non-award course students are not eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, and must pay their fees upfront.

1.4 A student who enrols in a Bridging Course for Overseas Professionals in any year, withdraws before completing a unit in that year, and re-enrols in the course in a subsequent year is liable for the initial fee applying to new course entrants in that year.

2 Determination of Fees

2.1 The fee charged must be greater than or equal to the highest student contribution amount being charged for that unit under the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

2.2 Except for Bridging Courses for Overseas Trained Professionals and Study Abroad enrolments, fees are equivalent to the undiscounted HECS-HELP rate on the basis that one EFTSL equals 48 points.

2.3 Fees are levied for each semester/trimester and are based on the points value of each unit for which the student enrols in that semester trimester.

2.4 Faculties must set an initial fee for each Bridging Course for Overseas Trained Professionals.

2.5 Fees for full-time domestic Study Abroad students are equivalent to the rate charged to International Study Abroad students undertaking the same programme of study.

2.6 Fees for part-time domestic Study Abroad students are levied on a proportional basis according to the points value of each unit in which the student enrols.

3 Changes to Non-Award Course Fees

3.1 Deans must review the initial fees to apply to students in non-award courses each year and may submit a recommendation to increase or decrease them to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education).

3.2 Increases or decreases to an initial fee referred to in Clause 2.1 must not exceed ten per cent except in exceptional cases approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) after considering a case submitted by the Dean(s).

3.3 Unless the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) approves otherwise, ongoing fees are normally adjusted each year in line with Consumer Price Index (CPI) movements.

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Contact position:

Associate Director, Student Administration

Related Policies or legislation:

Admission to Undergraduate Degree Courses (UP11/33)

Certification for Non-Award Courses (UP11/41)