Tuition Fees

For all students, fees are one of the largest portions of costs when it comes to studying but as a student you need to be aware that there are other costs, primarily textbooks, that you need to consider.

ACAP courses are priced per subject (VET) or unit (HE) and you pay trimester by trimester, for the subjects or units in which you have enrolled.

Domestic and International Student Fees

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan available to eligible students enrolled in one of ACAP's Higher Education courses in order to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. A 25% loan fee applies to undergraduate courses that lead to the award of a higher education diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or a bachelor degree (pass, honours or graduate entry). 

You are required to repay your HELP loan through the taxation system once your income exceeds the government’s set minimum thresholds. The current minimum threshold may be found on the government's StudyAssist website. A HELP loan may impact on your credit rating.

To apply for FEE-HELP you will need to read the FEE-HELP information booklet.

You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study if you are:

  • an Australian citizen who will be resident in Australia for the duration of at least one unit that contributes to your course; or
  • the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa who will be resident in Australia for the duration of the unit.

If you are eligible and would like to defer your fees through FEE-HELP, please complete our online 'Request for FEE-HELP assistance' form or request one by calling 1800 061 199 and return the completed form to our Sydney campus.

VET Student Loans

The Commonwealth Government’s VET Student Loans (VSL) scheme has now commenced, replacing the current VET FEE HELP scheme for all students commencing their studies in a VET Diploma course in 2017 and thereafter .
This government loan scheme assists eligible students in approved Diploma courses to pay all or part of their VET tuition fee, up to a cap of $10,000 for ACAP’s Diploma courses.

If you are eligible for VSL assistance, the Australian Government pays the amount of the loan direct to ACAP and records a debt against your Tax File Number with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). You will then be required to pay this loan back to the Government through the tax system once you are earning over the repayment threshold. The current minimum threshold may be found on the government's StudyAssist website.

VSL is a loan from the Commonwealth and the loan will remain a personal debt until it is repaid to the Commonwealth. Until all the debt is repaid, the loan may reduce a student’s take-home (after-tax) wage or salary and may reduce the student’s borrowing capacity. As a student you may wish to seek independent financial advice before applying for a loan.

Eligibility for VET Student Loan

To be eligible for a VSL the student must have been assessed by ACAP as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and have a FEE-HELP balance greater than zero.

Furthermore, a student must be:
• an Australian citizen; or
• hold a permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; or
• be a qualifying New Zealand citizen.

The student must also be undertaking the course primarily at a campus in Australia and apply for a VSL in accordance with the government’s required procedures.

For further details about VSL student eligibility requirements and the application process for a VET Student Loan refer to the government’s VET Student Loans Information booklet.

Students accessing a VSL should be aware:
• They may be required during the course to communicate their agreement that the Government’s Secretary continue to use the VET student loan to pay tuition fees for the course;
• The maximum amount of a VET student loan available to a student for their ACAP course will be no greater than:
(i) that set-out in the government’s ‘courses and loan caps determinations’ under the VET Student Loans Act 2016;
 (ii) the amount that would reduce the student’s FEE-HELP balance to zero, and
(iii) the tuition fees for the course;

• The government may apply a 20% loan fee to VET Student Loans. This loan fee is not included in the cap limit amount.
• The amount of HELP debt the student would accrue if the student received the maximum amount of VSL for the course i.e. the debt could be up to 120% of the loan;
• The course tuition fees, including upfront payment amounts and VSL amounts, are required by legislation to be reasonably apportioned across all VET subjects for the course, over a specified number of sequential fee periods with each fee period containing at least one census day as set-out by the College. For explanation of census day and how to access details on varying, withdrawing or cancelling your enrolment refer below.
• For VSL related College policy and procedures refer to ACAP’s Policy web page. This includes (but are not limited to): Admission and Enrolment Policy and Procedure; Awards Issuance Policy; Fair Treatment and Equal Opportunities Policy; Refund Policy; FEE-HELP / VET FEE-HELP / VSL Review and Appeals Procedures; Privacy of Student Personal Information Policy; Non-Academic Grievances, Complaints and Appeals Policy and Procedure; Principles of Procedural Fairness; Statement of Tuition Assurance VET.
• It is important for an enrolled student to notify ACAP of any change of contact detail during their studies.
• VET students with questions about the new VSL scheme can contact ACAP on 1800 061 199 or the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108 or emailVETStudentLoans@education.gov.au

VET FEE-HELP*

VET FEE-HELP (VFH) is a Commonwealth Government loan available to eligible continuing students enrolled in one of ACAP's VET accredited courses in or before trimester 3, 2016, who have prior accessed and remain eligible to access VFH in order to help pay part or all of their tuition fees in 2017. A 20% loan fee may apply.

You are required to repay your HELP loan through the taxation system once your income exceeds the government’s set minimum thresholds. The current minimum threshold may be found on the government's StudyAssist website. A HELP loan may impact on your credit rating. If accessing VET FEE-HELP you will need to have read the VET FEE-HELP information booklet and this document. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa you are eligible to receive VET FEE-HELP. 

For important changes to students accessing VET FEE-HELP from 2017, please refer to the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

VET Students - Maximum Course Fees

The maximum course tuition fee quoted to VET students:

(a) who commenced in 2016 or are commencing their studies in 2017 in the next scheduled trimester; and
(b) maintain a course enrolment consistent with ACAP's Enrolment Rules and complete their studies within the advised maximum course duration of 3 years; and
(c) Successfully complete each subject/unit of study on first attempt. Course guide information can be found here.

The advised maximum course fee will be exceeded where a student re-enrols in a subject. Reasons for re-enrolment in a subject include:-

-      The student having been assessed as not yet competent in a subject requiring the unit to be reattempted; or

-      The student having not completed the subject for another reason and having not withdrawn from the subject by the census date.

Other costs, in addition to tuition fees, may also apply (see Other Costs below).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for VET courses

If you wish to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) in one of our VET accredited courses this will be treated as a tuition fee of 50% (of the module price). Government assistance may be available to eligible students applying for RPL.

UPFRONT TUITION FEE PAYMENT

ACAP accepts full or partial upfront payment of your trimester tuition fees by direct credit, B-Pay or credit card. The amount payable will be included on your invoice each term and must be paid in full by the first day of each trimester.

Students accessing a VET Student Loan can also access ACAP’s payment plan arrangements to assist with paying any required or voluntary upfront fee payments for their course. With this payment plan, students can choose to make weekly, fortnightly or monthly payments to suit their budget. Payment plans attract additional administration fees by the third party firm that administers these plans. For further information on the payment plan please contact ACAP on 1800 061 199 or email info.acap@navitas.com.

Please note: you will not be eligible to graduate until you have completed all required course components (see course structure information provided on the ACAP website for your course) and have no outstanding debts to the College.

ACAP Scholarships

ACAP offers a number of scholarships each year to assist students pay part or all of their tuition fees. Eligible students must be Australian citizens or holders of permanent humanitarian visa. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship please visit http://www.acap.edu.au/future-students/scholarships/

Census Date / Census Day

The census date is an important date for you to know about.
It is the last day you can:
• submit your form to access a FEE-HELP or VSL loan, or
• withdraw / cancel your enrolment in your course in full or in part without incurring the cost or debt or academic penalty for any currently enrolled subject or unit (see Enrolment Rules for procedures on varying, withdrawing or cancelling your enrolment).

This date varies across courses and trimesters.

You can view the Census Dates on ACAP’s Key Dates page.

Refund Policy and Review and Appeals Procedure

You should also make yourself familiar with ACAP's Refund Policy and FEE-HELP / VET FEE-HELP / VSL Review and Appeals Procedures.

ACAP is a member of the ASTAS – VET (Australian Tuition Assurance Scheme – VET), ASTAS - HE (Australian Tuition Assurance Scheme – Higher Education), and conforms to the requirements of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) established by the Australian Government for overseas students which is part of the ESOS (Education Service for Overseas Students) Assurance Fund established under section 45 of the ESOS Act 2000. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is ACAP's Tuition Assurance Provider for domestic students. Click here for further information on the role of ACPET.

Centrelink Student Income Support

Local students (i.e. not on a temporary entry visa) may be eligible for student income support from Centrelink. Centrelink is the official Australian Commonwealth Government agency which assesses income, administers payments and ensures effective distribution of information on benefits, allowances and pension payments as per the Social Security Laws. 

All ACAP diploma, associate degree, bachelor, bachelor (honours), graduate certificate and graduate diploma course programs are recognised by Centrelink as approved courses for student income support. 

Centrelink only recognises coursework masters programs as eligible for student income support where the qualification has been deemed essential for entry to, or employment in the profession. ACAP's Master of Applied Social Science (Counselling), Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Master of Social Work (Qualifying) and Master of Psychology (Clinical) course programs are recognised by Centrelink as approved courses for student income support.

Centrelink Income Support Assistance programs for students include Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY.

Youth Allowance is available to eligible students who are enrolled in an approved course and are 18-24 years old and are studying at least 75% of a full-time load, or are 16–21 years old and are looking for full-time work or undertaking approved activities. Students who are 16-17 years old and are studying at least 75% of a full-time load in an approved course and need to live away from home to study, or are considered independent may be eligible for Youth Allowance.

Austudy is available to eligible students who are aged 25 or over and are studying at least 75% of a full-time load in an approved course. Unlike Youth Allowance, there is no independence test for Austudy. If you qualify for Austudy you are considered independent. This means the parental means test does not apply.

ABSTUDY assistance is available to eligible Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled in an approved course and are not receiving any other government assistance to study.

For further information contact your local Centrelink.

 

2017 Domestic Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2017

Course / Course Program

Duration^

Number of Modules / Subjects /Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Module / Subject / Unit ($AUD)

VET Courses

Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52008+ **

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2017 = $14,355

Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52015+

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2017 = $14,355

Diploma of Counselling CHC51712+ **

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2017 = $14,355

Diploma of Counselling CHC51015+

1 year full-time 

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2017 = $14,355 

Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413

1 year full-time

9
(+ 3 x placement)

9 x $1595
(3 x $nil fee for placement)

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2017 = $14,355

 Undergraduate Courses

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science 

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2050

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2050

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2050

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2050

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2050

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $4319

Bachelor of Social Work*

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2050
2 x $6141

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)*

4 years full-time

27

24 x $2050
2 x $6141
1 x $4096

Postgraduate courses

Graduate Certificate in Elite Athlete Mentoring**

1 trimester full-time

4

4 x $2050

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $2563

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology*

1 year full-time

8

8 x $4096

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2121

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GDPsychSc)**

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2121

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

1 year full-time

7

4 x $4319
2 x $3243
1 x $2167

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy*

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2226

Master of Psychology (Clinical)*

2 years full-time

14

9 x $4035
3 x $5390

2 x $6035

 Master of Social Work 

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2120

 Master of Social Work (Qualifying)* 

2 years full-time

12

10 x $2120
2 x $6361

+ Superseded. Updated in line with national industry standards

*  Student placements

** CLOSED TO NEW ENROLMENTS

^ Based on full-time study load. Part-time study option is available for most courses

 

2017 International Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2017


Course / Course Program

Duration^^

Number of Modules / Subjects / Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Module / Subject / Unit ($AUD)

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science 

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2460

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2460

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2460

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2460

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2460

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $5183

Bachelor of Social Work**

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2460
2 x $7369

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)**

 4 years full-time

 27

 24 x $2460
2 x $7369
1 x $4915

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $3076

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology**

1 year full-time

8

8 x $4915

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)**

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2546

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GDPsychSc)^

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2546

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

1 year full-time

7

4 x $5183
2 x $3892
1 x $2600

Master of Psychology (Clinical)**

2 years full-time

14

9 x $4842
3 x $6468
2 x $7242

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)**

2 years full-time

12

10 x $2650
2 x $7951

 

 

 

 

  * Student placements

** Available on ACAP's Sydney campus only

*** Enrolment in this course is restricted to students who do not require a student visa to study in Australia

 ^ Available on ACAP's Sydney campus only. CLOSED TO NEW ENROLMENTS

^^Based on full-time study load. Part-time study option is available for most courses

 

 

2016 Domestic Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2016

Course / Course Program

Duration^

Number of Modules / Subjects /Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Module / Subject / Unit ($AUD)

VET Courses

Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52008+ **

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2016 = $14,355

Diploma of Community Services (Case Management) CHC52015+

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2016 = $14,355

Diploma of Counselling CHC51712+ **

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2016 = $14,355

Diploma of Counselling CHC51015+

1 year full-time 

9

9 x $1595

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2016 = $14,355 

Diploma of Youth Work CHC50413

1 year full-time

9
(+ 3 x placement)

9 x $1595
(3 x $nil fee for placement)

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2016 = $14,355

 Undergraduate Courses

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science 

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2020

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2020

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2020

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2020

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2020

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $4255

Bachelor of Social Work*

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2020
2 x $6050

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)*

4 years full-time

27

24 x $2020
2 x $6050
1 x $4035

Postgraduate courses

Graduate Certificate in Elite Athlete Mentoring**

1 trimester full-time

4

4 x $2020

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $2525

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology*

1 year full-time

8

8 x $4035

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2020

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GDPsychSc)**

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2020

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

1 year full-time

7

4 x $4255
2 x $3195
1 x $2135

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy*

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2120

Master of Psychology (Clinical)*

2 years full-time

14

9 x $4035
3 x $5390

2 x $6035

 Master of Social Work 

1 year full-time

7

6 x $2120
1 X $4240

 Master of Social Work (Qualifying)* 

2 years full-time

11

8 x $2120
1 x $4240
2 x $6360

+ Superseded. Updated in line with national industry standards

*  Student placements

** CLOSED TO NEW ENROLMENTS

^ Based on full-time study load. Part-time study option is available for most courses

 

2016 International Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2016


Course / Course Program

Duration^^

Number of Modules / Subjects / Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Module / Subject / Unit ($AUD)

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science 

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2425

Bachelor of Applied Social Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2425

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2425

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2425

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2425

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $5110

Bachelor of Social Work**

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2425
2 x $7260

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)**

 4 years full-time

 27

 24 x $2425
2 x $7260
1 x $4845

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $3030

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology**

1 year full-time

8

8 x $4845

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)**

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2425

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GDPsychSc)^

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2425

Graduate Diploma of Psychology

1 year full-time

7

4 x $5110
2 x $3835
1 x $2565

Master of Psychology (Clinical)**

2 years full-time

14

9 x $4845
3 x $6470
2 x $7240

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)**

2 years full-time

11

8 x $2545
1 x $5090
2 x $7635

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy***

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2545

  * Student placements

** Available on ACAP's Sydney campus only

*** Enrolment in this course is restricted to students who do not require a student visa to study in Australia

 ^ Available on ACAP's Sydney campus only. CLOSED TO NEW ENROLMENTS

^^Based on full-time study load. Part-time study option is available for most courses

Other fees

VET students 
1. Late re-enrolment fee: $50
2. Variation to enrolment after re-enrolment date (excluding withdrawals from modules/subjects/units): $50
3. Fees for deferrals and withdrawals after census date (still liable for tuition fees unless special circumstances is approved)
4. Tuition invoice late payment fee: $50

Higher Education students
1. Late re-enrolment fee: $50
2. Variation to enrolment after re-enrolment date: $50
3. Fees for deferrals and withdrawals after the census date (still liable for tuition fees unless special circumstances is approved)
4. Tuition invoice late payment fee: $50

International students
International students intending to commence their studies in Trimester 2, 2014 and thereafter, who require a student visa for study in Australia, are required on acceptance of their letter of offer to pay a non-refundable $250 enrolment fee to the College before their Confirmation of Enrolment can be issued.

Text books and readings
Some units, subjects or modules may require you to work with a designated textbook – you may wish to purchase the textbook or, alternatively, borrow it from the library. Textbooks cost around $150 and can, for instance, be purchased from the Co-Op Bookshop. Most units or modules will also have a study manual and readings which can either be downloaded from your online class space at no cost, or purchased from the Co-Op book shop (the cost is around $20 per manual or readings pack).

Administrative services fees
1. Academic Testamur reprint fee (VET & HE): $25
2. Academic Statement of Results / Academic Transcript reprint fee (VET & HE): $25
3. Academic Statement of Attainment reprint fee (VET): $25

Library loans - penalty fees
1. Overdue library loan fee: $1 per day per item to maximum of $21
2. Replacement of lost library textbook (overdue after 21 days) fee: $120

Note:

  • All fees are quoted in Australian dollars

  • All fees are subject to annual review

  • Domestic fees - Applies to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens, permanent residents, permanent VISA holders and permanent humanitarian VISA holders

  • International fees - All other VISA holders

  • Important information for Temporary VISA holders

EFTSL - Equivalent Full Time Student Load

Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) is a measure of a student's study load. An EFTSL of 1.0 is the standard annual study load of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis over the duration of a year. The annual EFTSL sum of a student's module / unit enrolment provides an indication of the study load undertaken by the student in the year.

 

Click here to check the EFTSL for a Module/Unit for Trimester 1 and 2 2016

Click here to check the EFTSL for a Module/Unit for Trimester 3 2016

Click here to check the EFTSL for a Module/Unit for 2017

 

Tuition Assurance

Tuition Assurance protects the interests of current and intending students of ACAP courses that lead to an accredited award in that it ensures students are given a suitable alternative course or have their course money refunded if the provider cannot provide the course for which the student has paid.

ACAP is a member of the ASTAS – VET (Australian Tuition Assurance Scheme – VET), ASTAS - HE (Australian Tuition Assurance Scheme – Higher Education), and conforms to the requirements of the Tuition Protection Service (TPS) established by the Australian Government for overseas students which is part of the ESOS (Education Service for Overseas Students) Assurance Fund established under section 45 of the ESOS Act 2000. The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is ACAP's Tuition Assurance Provider for domestic students. Click here for further information on the role of ACPET.

For further information on ACAP's tuition assurance schemes for domestic students refer to our Statement of Tuition Assurance Higher Education (ASTAS) and Statement of Tuition Assurance VET.

For further information about the Australian Government Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS) for international students refer to tps.gov.au/StaticContent/Get/StudentInformation.