Fees and Payments

SAE Creative Media Institute offers a range of options to help students fund their studies when deciding to enrol in one of our nationally accredited programs.

Payment Options

SAE Creative Media Institute offers a range of payment options for students.

Fee options for Diplomas, Associate degrees and higher qualifications

Domestic Students

FEE-HELP

SAE offer Diploma's, Associate Degrees, Bachelors and Masters programs that as Higher Education qualifications are eligible for full fee funding assistance under FEE HELP.

  • All Master program offerings.
  • All Bachelor program offerings.
  • All Associate Degree program offerings.
  • These Diploma program offerings:
    • Diploma of Game Development
    • Diploma of 3D Animation
    • Diploma of Music Production
    • Diploma of Audio Production
    • Diploma of Graphic Design

Eligible students can access FEE-HELP where they can apply for an Australian Government loan and start making repayments (through tax) when they are earning more than $54, 869 per year (as per the 2016/17 financial year). Approved students can begin study without having to pay up-front fees.

FEE-HELP is a personal debt obligation that can affect your credit rating and have wage and tax repayment implications.

Detailed information about accessing FEE-HELP is available at the Study Assist website.

International Students

The first trimester of tuition fees must be paid on initial registration. Please contact international.admissions@sae.edu for further registration information. All further tuition fees are paid in instalments prior to the commencement of each subsequent trimester.

Fee Options for VET Diploma programs

Domestic Students

VET Student Loans

SAE students studying VET Diplomas in Adelaide may be eligible for partial funding assistance with VET Student Loans (VSL*).

Eligible VET Diploma programs are:

  • Diploma of Music Industry (Studio and Live production)
  • Diploma of Music Industry (Electronic Music Production)

Eligible students can access VET Student Loans where they can apply for an Australian Government loan and start making repayments (through tax) when they are earning more than $54,869 per year (as per the 2016/17 financial year).

*From 1 January 2017, The Australian Governments VET FEE-HELP scheme has been replaced by the VET Student Loans (VSL) scheme. For detailed information regarding the VET Student Loan scheme you can visit the Department of Education and Training website or access the VET Student Loan Information Booklet 2017 provided by the Department.

A VET Student Loan is a personal debt obligation that can affect your credit rating and have wage and tax repayment implications. It is also important to understand that a VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

VET Student Loans will not be approved for students who do not meet eligibility requirements. For more information on eligibility requirements, visit the Department of Education and Training website.

SAE VET Diplomas, are currently listed as approved and eligible for funding assistance under the new VSL program with the loan funding capped at $10,000 per course.

VET Student Credit Agreement

For students studying SAE VET Diplomas the maximum VET Student Loan amount for SAE courses is $10,000 and a gap exists for full cost of tuition. For eligible Diploma students commencing in Trimester one 2017, SAE also offers access to an interest-free VET Student Credit Agreement. This agreement is designed to enable students to make monthly repayments for the tuition gap (the difference between the total SAE tuition fees less the VSL amount of $10,000). Eligible students may choose a combination of the VET Loans Scheme and the SAE VET Student Credit Agreement to pay for their studies.

If students choose not to apply for the interest-free VET Student Credit Agreement or a VET Student Loan, tuition fees are paid upfront in trimester installments. The first payment is due by the first day of your course commencement.

International Students

The first trimester of tuition fees must be paid on initial registration. Please contact international.admissions@sae.edu for further registration information. All further tuition fees are paid in instalments prior to the commencement of each subsequent trimester.

Fee Options for certificate and short courses

Domestic Students

For SAE's certificate level and short courses, tuition assistance is not available and fees are due on the day of course commencement.

International Students

Visa conditions may or may not allow international students to study certificate level or short courses with SAE. Please contact international.admissions@sae.edu for further information.

New Zealand Special Category Visa (NZ SCV) holders HELP loans

In December 2015, the Australian Government passed legislation to allow certain NZ SCV holders access to HELP loans from 1 January 2016.

To be eligible, NZ SCV holders are required to meet a range of long term residency requirements.

These requirements are:

  • that the student arrived in Australia at least 10 years ago as a dependent child (i.e. aged under 18 years of age and did not have a spouse or de-facto partner); and
  • the student has been ordinarily resident in Australia for the previous 10 years (that is, they have been here for the last 10 years – including resident for eight of the last 10 years, and 18 months of the last two years), and;
  • the student is otherwise eligible for HELP. 

For more information on HELP loans for NZ SCV holders, including clarification on whether you hold a NZ SCV, please visit: http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helpfulresources/pages/faqs-nz

Tuition Fees

What tuition fees does FEE-HELP and VET STUDENT LOANS cover?

Eligible students studying Associate Degrees or Bachelor courses can borrow up to the FEE-HELP limit to pay their tuition fees for courses. For students studying VET Diplomas the maximum VET Student Loan amount for SAE courses is $10,000. Please review the SAE fee schedules below for more information regarding tuition fees. It is also recommended that all students review the SAE tuition fees policy and procedures, which includes the SAE withdrawal policy.

All fees listed are indicative of maximum price and subject to annual increases.

An indicative maximum fee is a guide as to what the actual tuition fee will be. The actual tuition fee is not calculated until enrolment is completed.

2017

Please refer to the following documents for more information on SAE course fees:

POSTGRADUATE COURSES

2017 Master Domestic Fee Schedule

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

2017 HE Students Domestic Fee Schedule

2017 Associate Degree Domestic Fee Schedule

2017 HE Diploma Domestic Fee Schedule

VET DIPLOMA COURSES

2017 VET Commencing Students Adelaide Domestic Fee Schedule

2017 VET Continuing Students  Domestic Fee Schedule

2017 VET Commencing Students  Domestic Fee Schedule

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

2017 VET Students International Fee Schedule

2017 VET Students International Continuing Fee Schedule

2017 HE Students International Fee Schedule

2017 Associate Degree International Fee Schedule

2017 HE Diploma International Fee Schedule

 

2018

Please refer to the following documents for more information on SAE course fees:

HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES

2018 Australian Higher Education Courses Fee Schedule

VET DIPLOMA COURSES

2018 Australian VET & Certificate Courses Fee Schedule

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

2018 International Higher Education Courses Fee Schedule

 



A copy of the Fee Schedule for past years can be obtained by contacting your campus. Please click through to identify your campus and appropriate telephone number.

Additional Administration Fees

Please follow this link to download a list of Additional Administration Fees. These fees are only incurred when there is a request to replace a testamur, academic transcript or student ID. 

Statement of Tuition Assurance

Please follow these links to download our Statement of Tuition Assurance for Higher Education Courses and VET Courses:

MORE ABOUT FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP

SAE is listed as an approved provider under the Commonwealth of Australia Higher Education Support Act 2003. This means our courses including masters, bachelor and associate degrees attract FEE-HELP for Australian students.

Fees are processed on the census date of each trimester, based on the module/ unit price as listed in our current Fee Schedules.

Who is eligible for FEE-HELP?

A student is eligible for FEE-HELP if they:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • are an Australian citizen who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
  • are a permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
  • are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of the study;
  • are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for that unit; and have not exceeded the FEE‑HELP limit.

How to apply for FEE-HELP?

To apply for a FEE-HELP loan, a student will need a tax file number (TFN) and complete a FEE-HELP assistance form supplied by Student Services. Before a student signs and submits the form, it is recommended they read the FEE-HELP information booklet. The form will ask for the TFN. If you don't have a TFN, a student can give SAE a Certificate of application for a TFN. This certificate is available from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) after an application for a TFN has been received. Contact the ATO on 13 28 61 for TFN information.

Students must submit the signed and completed form to Student Services before the census date or administrative date. If a student does not submit the form on or before the census date, the student will not be eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Note: Students have six weeks from the census date of a unit to correct any errors on their form that would prevent them from being eligible for FEE-HELP.

For important information on the census and administrative dates, as well as further information on deadlines and withdrawals.

Will previous study or other debts affect eligibility?

No (unless a student has already reached the FEE-HELP limit). Any previous study a student has undertaken, and any other financial debts a student may have incurred will not affect their eligibility to access a FEE-HELP loan. As long as a student meets the eligibility criteria and has enough of their FEE-HELP balance left to cover tuition fees, a student will be able to access FEE-HELP.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees are processed on the census date of each trimester, based on the module/ unit price as listed in our current Fee Schedules.

Lifetime Loan Limit

The lifetime loan limit is the total amount you can incur in your lifetime under any Commonwealth student loan scheme – whether it is Higher Education FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans or a VET Student Loan. It is indexed each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2017, the lifetime loan limit is $100,879 for most students. Students can view their loan obligations by logging into myUniAssist on the Study Assist website(opens new window). You will need your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) to log in.

Click for more information on FEE-HELP.

 

MORE ABOUT VET STUDENT LOANS

VET STUDENT LOANS

SAE's Diploma programs are approved for funding under the VET Student Loan (VSL) scheme which applies to all eligible domestic students commencing an SAE Diploma.

For more information on the VET Student Loan scheme, you can visit the:

If you are considering applying for a VET Student Loan, you should familiarise yourself with your obligations by reading the VET Student Loan Information Booklet.

Who is eligible for a VET Student Loan?

To be eligible, you must either:

  • be an Australian citizen; OR
  • hold an eligible permanent humanitarian visa and usually reside in Australia; OR
  • be a New Zealand citizen on Special Category Visa (SCV subclass 444) who meets the long term residency requirements.
  • * Holders of other permanent visas and temporary visas are NOT eligible for a VET Student Loan

How to apply for a VET Student Loan?

Request for a VET Student Loan

If you wish to apply for a VET Student Loan at the time of enrolment, SAE’s customer service team will help you understand the process.

You will be required to complete a Request for a VET Student Loan eCAF by the census day. You will then receive an email from the Commonwealth allowing you access to their eCAF system where you will need to verify the pre-populated information and complete the mandatory fields.

If you do not complete the eCAF, or other permitted form, by the required date for your course, you will have to wait until the next trimester to request a VET Student Loan for future study. Retrospective access to VET Student Loans is not allowed under any circumstances.

Students under the age of 18

If you are under 18 years of age, a parent or guardian must co-sign the form. However, this is not necessary if you have been assessed by Centrelink as meeting the requirements for receiving the independent rate of Youth Allowance under part 2.11 of the Social Security Act 1991. You will need to provide evidence of this assessment in the form of your Centrelink Income Statement, which you can request by logging into myGov and selecting your Centrelink online account. For more information, visit www.humanservices.gov.au.

Entry requirements

You will need the following:

What is a Unique Student Identifier (USI)?

The Commonwealth requires all students studying in a nationally recognised training course to have a USI. If you already have one, please ensure you use this same USI whenever you enrol for any training.

If you don't have a USI, go to www.usi.gov.au to register before you apply to enrol, or you can apply as part of your enrolment.

VET Student Loan fees

Fees are processed on the census date of each trimester, based on the module/ unit price as listed in our current Fee Schedules.

VET Student Loan Invoicing

Fees are charged by study periods. Your course will have a least four study periods (three study periods in Adelaide) and your payments will be spread across the duration of your course. Each study period has a census day, set at no less than 20% into the study period.

You will be sent an Invoice Notice 14 days before each census day, indicating your fees and census dates. Your debt is incurred on the day after the census day. After a census day has passed, SAE will also send you a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) for that study period. The CAN will provide you with information about your debt, including the loan fee if applicable. If you believe your CAN is incorrect, you should contact your college immediately.

For a few courses, there may be a gap between the course fee and the loan cap that the Commonwealth will allow for your course. You will be advised of this when you enquire, and also about other payment options that may be available.

Lifetime Loan Limit

The lifetime loan limit is the total amount you can incur in your lifetime under any Commonwealth student loan scheme – whether it is Higher Education FEE-HELP, VET Student Loans or a VET Student Loan. It is indexed each year, in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). In 2017, the lifetime loan limit is $100,879 for most students. Students can view their loan obligations by logging into myUniAssist on the Study Assist website. You will need your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) to log in.

What tuition fees does VET STUDENT LOANS cover?

For students studying VET Diplomas the maximum VET Student Loan amount for SAE courses is $10,000.  Please review the SAE fee schedules below for more information regarding tuition fees. It is also recommended that all students review the SAE tuition fees policy and procedures, which includes the SAE withdrawal policy.

If students choose not to apply for VET STUDENT LOANS, tuition fees are paid upfront in trimester instalments. The first payment is due on the day of your course commencement.

 


SAE VET Student Credit Agreement

Under the VET Student Loan scheme, a fee gap will apply to cover tuition fees for VET Diploma studies at the Adelaide campus. In this instance, we offer students access to an interest free credit agreement.

What students need to know about SAE's VET Student Credit Agreement (VSCA):

1. It is for Domestic Diploma students commencing in Trimester one 2017 only and cannot be offered to International students, students studying Certificate or short courses, or for students undertaking associate degrees or higher qualifications.

2. Students will be required to pay a $500 deposit at the commencement of study (excludes students studying Online courses).

3. Students studying a face-to-face Diploma will be provided up to 3 years (36 months) from the start of study to finalise their payment.  If students opt for the full 36 months this equates to approx $210-$215 per month in repayments.

4. Students studying an online Diploma will have up to 15 months from start of study date (dependant on the number of modules taken each trimester) to finalise their payment.  Depending on the study load, this equates to $119 - $243 per month in repayments.

5. Refunds are available in line with the same regulations attached to census date (ie. if the student withdraws before census they will receive a full refund).

SAE will provide the VSCA along with full terms and conditions to students after they have received their confirmation of enrolment.  For more information on the SAE VSCA, please contact: accounts.australia@sae.edu.

How to Pay Fees

Fee Paying Students

Applicants may elect to pay fees using one of the following methods:

  • Cheque or Australian Money Order payable to SAE Institute Pty Ltd
  • Visa or Mastercard
  • Electronic Transfer* or Direct Deposit* to the SAE Institute account:

Account Name: SAE Institute Pty Limited
Bank: Westpac Banking Corporation
Address: 109 St Georges Terrace. Perth WA 6000 Australia
BSB: 036-000
Account Number: 742586

For international transfers please use the SWIFT Code: WPACAU2S

*Please include surname and student/applicant number in the subject field to ensure we can identify payment with the correct applicant.