Fees and Funding

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 $10,150 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 your take-home (after-tax) wage or salary and may reduce your 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 you must be assessed by ACAP as academically suited to undertake the eligible course and have a FEE-HELP balance greater than zero.

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

You 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.

When accessing a VSL you should be aware that:
• You will need to show your engagement with your training course and course progression by completing an eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) every 4 months. Failure to complete an eCAF may result in your VSL being cancelled  

• The Department will contact you to verify your enrolment in the course

• The amount of the loan cannot be greater than your remaining FEE-HELP balance

  • 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 you would accrue if you 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. 
    • It is important that you notify ACAP of any change of contact details during your studies.
    • Students with any questions about the VSL scheme can contact ACAP on 1800 061 199 or the HELP Student Enquiry line on 1800 020 108 or email VETStudentLoans@education.gov.au

VET Students - Maximum Course Fees

The maximum course tuition fee quoted applies to those VET students who:

(a) Maintain a course enrolment consistent with ACAP's Enrolment Rules and complete their studies within the advised maximum course duration of 3 years; and
(b) Successfully complete each unit of competency on first attempt.

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 nationally accredited courses this will be treated as a tuition fee of 50% (of the subject 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. Find out more about our counselling, psychology and criminology and justice 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 Tuition Fee and Refund Policy and Re-crediting of HELP Balance Policy and Procedure.

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.

As of January 1 2018 and in accordance with the Department of Education and Training’s interim arrangements, ACAP will be exempted from the requirement to meet VET and Higher Education tuition assurance requirements. Instead, ACAP is required to comply with interim arrangements which ensure similar tuition assurance protection is provided to students.  

For further information on ACAP's tuition assurance exemption refer to:

  1. Statement of Tuition Assurance VSL
  2. Statement of Tuition Assurance VFH

For information about higher education tuition exemption refer to our Statement of Tuition Assurance Exemption for higher education.

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) is ACAP's Tuition Assurance Provider for VET domestic students. For tuition fees paid up-front greater than $1500, ACAP has in place ACPET’s ASTAS – VET (Australian Tuition Assurance Scheme – VET). For further information on ACAP's tuition assurance schemes for domestic students refer to our Statement of Tuition Assurance VET.

ACAP 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. For further information about the Australian Government Tuition Protection Scheme (TPS) for international students refer to the Tuition Protection Services website

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.

To view the 2018 Fee Schedule, click here

To view the 2019 Fee Schedule, click here

2019 Domestic Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2019

Course / Program

Duration^

Number of Subjects /Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Subject / Unit ($AUD)

VET Courses

CHC52015 Diploma of Community Services (Case Management)+

1 year full-time

9

9 x $1643

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2018= $14,787

CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work++

1 year full-time

9
(+ 3 x placement)

9 x $1643
(3 x $nil fee for placement)

Maximum tuition fee based on standard full-time enrolment for courses completed in 2018 = $14,787

 Undergraduate Courses

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science++

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2154

Bachelor of Applied Social Science++

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Diploma of Counselling Skills

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2154

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $4537

Bachelor of Social Work*

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2154
2 x $6360

Bachelor of Social Work (Honours)*

4 years full-time

27

24 x $2154
2 x $6360
1 x $4302

Associate Degree of Criminal Justice 

1 year 4 months

16

 16 x $2154

Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

Bachelor of Policing and Justice 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2154

 

Postgraduate Courses

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $2693

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology*

1 year full-time

8

8 x $4302

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology Practice

1 year full-time

3

1 x 4888
1 x 8478
1 x 4457

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2229

Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy***

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2339

Master of Psychology (Clinical)*

2 years full-time

14

9 x $4239
3 x $5663
2 x $6340

 Master of Social Work 

1 year full-time

8

6 x $2227
2 x $4456

 Master of Social Work (Qualifying)* 

2 years full-time

12

10 x $2227
2 x $6683

+ Superseded. Updated in line with national industry standards

++ Closed to new enrolments

*  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

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

2019 International Student Tuition Fees

The tuition fees specified below are effective from Term 1 2019

Course / Course Program

Duration^

Number of Subjects / Units Undertaken

Tuition Fee per Subject / Unit ($AUD)

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science++

2 years full-time

16

16 x $2692

Diploma of Counselling Skills

1 year full-time

8

8 x $2692

Bachelor of Applied Social Science++

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching) 

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Psychological Science

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor Psychological Science (Honours)

1 year full-time

6

6 x $5672

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Counselling

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Psychological Science and Criminology

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Social Work**

4 years full-time

28

26 x $2692
2 x $7950

Graduate Diploma of Counselling*

2 years full-time

12

12 x $3366

Graduate Diploma of Professional Psychology**

1 year full-time

8

8 x $5378

Graduate Diploma of Psychological Science (GradDipPsychSc)**

1 year full-time

9

9 x $2787

Master of Psychology (Clinical)**

2 years full-time

14

9 x $5299
3 x $7078
2 x $7925

Master of Social Work (Qualifying)**

2 years full-time

12

10 x $2784
2 x $8353

Bachelor of Criminology and Justice

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

Bachelor of Policing and Justice

3 years full-time

24

24 x $2692

 

  * Student placements

** Available on ACAP's Sydney campus only

++ Closed to new enrolments