Refund for Higher Education Domestic Students

Refund for Higher Education Domestic Students Policy

Policy code: FN1328
Policy owner: Associate Director, Financial Operations
Approval authority: Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Approval date: 08 September 2008
Next review date: 15 July 2026


To define University Policy for Refunds for Higher Education Domestic Students.


The policy applies to domestic applicants for a place at the University, and to current and former domestic students of the University, both full fee paying and Commonwealth supported or assisted.


Term Definition
Census Date: The census date is the date on which a student's enrolment is finalised for a course and applicable fees and charges are incurred. It is therefore the last day to withdraw from a course and have it deleted from an academic record. Domestic students who withdraw on or before the census date do not incur tuition fees or student contribution amounts for that course.
Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): A CSP is a higher education place for which the Commonwealth makes a financial contribution under the Act. All domestic undergraduate places at Federation University Australia are Commonwealth supported. Postgraduate coursework places can be offered on a full fee-paying basis or as Commonwealth supported places.
Commonwealth Supported Student: A student enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. Commonwealth supported students do not pay tuition fees, but instead are charged a student contribution amount towards the cost of their program.
Domestic Student: All those students who are:
Australian citizens; or
New Zealand citizens; or
holders of an Australian permanent visa
Tuition Fee: The fees for enrolment in a Course determined by the University for Domestic Full-Fee Paying students.

Policy Statement

This policy aims to provide guidance to applicants, students, staff and others on the circumstances whereby the University will refund fees or overpayments to domestic applicants and students who have a credit balance on their account.


  • Student Finance

Legislative Context

This policy is in accord with the:


This Policy will be implemented using the following strategies:

  1. An Announcement Notice under 'FedNews' and through the University Policy - ‘Recently Approved Documents’ webpage to alert the University-wide community of the approved Policy.
  2. Inclusion on the University's online Policy Library.