Univerities are self‑accrediting institutions. This means that they are responsible for determining the curriculum and content for the courses they offer.
Most domestic students undertaking a bachelor degree at a public university are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) and pay 'student contributions' rather than tuition fees.
Private universities mainly offer fee paying places and must be approved by the Australian Government to offer Commonwealth supported places in 'national priority' areas.
Eligible students studying in a CSP may be able to study now and pay later by using a HECS‑HELP loan to pay their student contributions.
Eligible fee paying students can also study now and pay later by using a FEE‑HELP loan to pay their tuition fees.
Open Universities Australia (OUA) provides distance education to tertiary students. OUA is owned and operated by a consortium of Australian universities and offers tertiary students a chance to
undertake higher education study regardless of their ATAR, previous education, age or location.
FEE‑HELP loans are available to eligible students for both undergraduate and postgraduate units of study undertaken through OUA.