Cost of Studying in Australia

International students are required to declare that they have genuine sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa. Applicants may have to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses for the first one or two years in Australia, depending on their assessment level. This helps to ensure international students are better able to make the most of out of their studies and make it an enjoyable learning experience in Australia. Funds should be sufficient to contribute to the university fees, cost of travel and cost of living. Based on the latest data from Immigration Department on the financial requirements per year outlined in the tables below:

Students

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD
Travel Applicant Return air fare to Australia
Family members One return air fare to Australia per person
Tuition Applicant Course fees
School-age children aged 5-18 AUD 8000 per year
Living Applicant AUD 18, 610 per year
Partner AUD 6,515 per year
First child AUD 3,720 per year
Each other child AUD 2,790 per year

Student Guardians

Expenses Per Person Amount required in AUD
Travel Applicant Return air fare to Australia
Children aged under 6 years of age One return air fare to Australia per person
Living Applicant AUD 18,610 per year
First child aged under 6 AUD 3,720 per year
Each other child aged under 6 AUD 2,790 per year
There are factors in determining whether funds demonstrated and declared will be genuinely available to contribute to the cost of studying and living in Australia. These factors may include:
  • the applicant’s previous financial and immigration history
  • the employment history of the applicant or the person providing them with financial support
  • the source of the income used (such as cash assets or a bank loan).
Where there is doubt about an applicant’s ability to access their claimed funds in Australia, the applicant may be requested to provide further information.  Example: Applicants relying on a bank loan may need to show that these funds have been deposited into a bank account to which they have unrestricted access, and that they have the financial capacity to service the loan both before they depart for Australia and once they arrive.
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