Up to 20% fee rebates for international students in Australian unis
The University of Adelaide, the University of Queensland and the University of Newcastle are among the Australian universities offering fee rebates. Source: Wojtek Radwanski/AFP

Several Australian universities are offering fee rebates to international students who are studying online amid COVID-19 travel restrictions. This includes the University of Adelaide which is offering students fee rebates of up to 20% for continuing and commencing international students affected by border closures. “To support them [international students] with their studies throughout  2021 (including Semester One, Trimesters, Summer School, Winter School, and Quadmesters), we have created the University of Adelaide COVID-19 Offshore Study Fee Rebate,” it said on its website.

The University of Queensland is offering international students a 12.5% tuition fee rebate for “the tuition fees payable for Semester Two, 2020, Summer Semester 2020 and Semester One, 2021 by full fee-paying international coursework students who are unable to come to Australia due to the Australian government border controls.” The University of Newcastle is also offering a discount of up to 20% under a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. 

Other Australian universities offer scholarships and bursaries instead of fee rebates

While not all Australian universities are offering international students stranded abroad fee rebates, many are offering scholarships and bursaries to help them with the cost of studying in Australia. 

Griffith University, for instance, is offering a 15% Student Support Scholarship in Trimester One, 2021 for continuing students in current degree programmes who are studying from overseas and who are not scholarship recipients. “In addition, Griffith has committed to a 2,000 Australian dollars contribution towards the cost of your return to Australia when this becomes possible, to assist with the cost of travel and quarantine,” the university added.

The University of New England is offering a number of region-specific bursaries for international students that reduces tuition by up to 30%. Deakin University is offering a 25% tuition bursary to support international students who start their studies in 2021 through their online to on-campus pathway. Murdoch University is offering a 40% scholarship to eligible new international students who commence their studies online while travel to Perth is not possible. Torrens University is offering a rebate of up to 30% throughout 2021 and 2022 via its offshore scholarship.