Cost of attendance

The Cost of Attendance (CoA) is an estimate of your educational expenses based on your study period (up to 12 months per Award Year), as determined by Murdoch University.

Your specific CoA allowances and costs will appear on your Murdoch University Financial Aid Award letter and will specify the total amount you may borrow under the Direct Loan Program minus any other aid (i.e. Scholarships or Centrelink benefits if applicable) you may be receiving for that award period.

Allowable costs calculated in your CoA are detailed below. Allowances are applied on a pro-rata basis per month of eligible enrolment of study. Students enrolled solely in Semesters 1 and 2 can expect to receive a pro-rata value of each allowance of 8 months.




As stated on your Letter of Offer.


For an indication of costs check the Course Fee Calculator and refer to the relevant year, student status (international/domestic) and course.

Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF)

This is dependent on your enrolment. Find out more about this fee.

Books and supplies

Full value (12 months) = $1,800 or pro-rata for 2 Semesters = $1,200.


Full value (12 months) = $1,800 or pro-rata for 2 Semesters = $1,200.

Overseas Student Health Cover

As stated on your letter of offer and in accordance with your student visa conditions.

Living expenses

Full value (12 months) = $33,600 or pro-rata for 2 Semesters = $22,400.

Loan fees

1.068% for Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans first disbursed on or after 10/1/15 and before 10/1/16.


4.272% for Direct Plus Loans first disbursed On or after 10/1/15 and before 10/1/16.


A once off payment of $4,000 at the beginning of studies.


Average cost of a computer $1,500 (receipt required)

Refund of allowances

Once your tuition and ancillary fees are paid, refunds of remaining funds are available for payment of book and living expenses.

To request a refund:

  • Download and complete a Refund of Fees Request (Word) form.
  • Submit the form as an attachment by asking a question in MyAnswers.
  • If submitting your form in hardcopy to The Student Centre, please ensure that you advise the Financial Aid Administrator so progress can be monitored.