Finance and scholarships

Your course fees for each year are listed on your offer letter and are also detailed on the website. These fees are for tuition only so you need to budget for living expenses, books and stationery. Some courses may also have extra fees for program equipment so please check that before enrolment. Course fees are subject to annual review so we recommend you read the Student fees and charges policy and refund policy.

What should I do before paying my tuition fees?

  • Read through the Griffith College Fee and Refund Policy
  • Check your Letter of Offer
  • Develop a budget for your program and living expenses

What do I need to pay?

You are required to pay the total deposit as noted in your Letter of Offer. The total deposit usually includes the following.

2017 Course Fees (PDF 56k)

Cost of living

The Australian Government requires students to have access to AU$19,830 per year to meet their living costs. Below shows a breakdown of possible weekly living costs.

  • Shared accommodation - AU$160 to AU$250
  • Groceries and eating out - AU$80 to AU$200
  • Gas and electricity - AU$60 to AU$100
  • Phone and internet - AU$20 to AU$50
  • Public transport - AU$10 to AU$50
  • Entertainment - AU$50 to AU$100

The Australian Government's MoneySmart website provides information about managing your finances.

You will be able to withdraw cash at Australian ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines) if your debit card is a part of the Plus, Cirrus or Visa networks. Please ensure you check with your bank before you leave for Australia as you may need an updated card or pin to access this service.

In the long term, the easiest and most affordable way to access your money in Australia is to set up an Australian bank account. The major banks in Australia are:


Many students choose to work while they study at Griffith College. Working while you study gives you an excellent opportunity to put the theories and concepts that you are learning within your program of study into practice in the real world. You should make sure that you have settled into a study routine before commencing the search for work, as your study timetable should take priority over any work commitments. Work commitments do not reduce the requirement to study, research, and submit assessment items on time.

There are many options available to you when searching for employment within Brisbane and the Gold Coast. They include employment services, newspapers, the internet and networking. Before you commence looking for employment you will need to prepare for the process by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, studying the vacancies advertised in newspapers, and discussing your situation with employment agencies. To be successful in your search for employment, you will need to market yourself and prepare a well-written application that includes your résumé [or Curriculum Vitae], and a letter of application [or Cover Letter].

Griffith College counsellors can also assist students with résumé preparation and interview skills.

Tax File Number

If you obtain employment while in Australia it is recommended that you apply for a Tax File Number. You will be asked to provide your Tax File Number when you complete a taxation deduction form at the commencement of employment. It is not compulsory to have or provide a Tax File Number, however if you do not have one, any income you earn will be taxed at a much higher rate. Students can obtain further information about work permits and Tax File Numbers from Griffith College or the Australian Taxation Office.

The Australian Taxation Office