Australia is an affordable and friendly place to study

It also offers a combination of quality education and high living standards. South east Queensland is considered more affordable than other major Australian cities such as Sydney and Melbourne.

Study costs

Your course fees for each year are listed on your offer letter and are 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.

COST OF LIVING

Studying overseas will require you to pay more than just tuition fees. These costs will vary depending on your lifestyle, accommodation and personal requirements. In addition to study fees, you will also need to budget for accommodation, transport and parking and other living expenses such as groceries, entertainment and clothing. You will also need to budget for your return trip home, international phone calls, student visa and recreational activities.

The Australian Government requires students to have access to AU$20,290 (Australian dollars) per year to meet their living costs.

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Possible living expenses

  • Groceries and eating out: $80 to $280 per week
  • Gas, electricity: $20 to $50 per week
  • Phone and Internet: $20 to $55 per week
  • Public transport: $20 to $55 per week
  • Car (after purchase): $150 to $260 per week
  • Entertainment: $80 to $150 per week
  • On-campus accommodation: $170 to $317 per week
  • Off-campus accommodation: $160 to $450 per week
  • Homestay: $255 to $275 per week

The information above is based on 2017 costs. Please be advised, it is an estimate only and individual differences mean prices will vary. The above costs do not include: security deposit, textbooks, clothing and medical expenses.

At a glance

Fast food meal

$9.00

Dinner

$19.50

Regular coffee

$4.40

Beer

$9.00

Cocktail

$16.00

Movie ticket

$12.50

Monthly gym membership

$53.00

Men's haircut

$23.00

Payment options

Griffith College offer a variety of ways to pay your student fees before you enrol in your classses.

What do I do before I pay?

  • 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.

2019 tuition fees

Working while studying

You may choose to work part-time while you study at Griffith College. Working while studying gives you an excellent opportunity to put the theories and concepts that you are learning within your program into practice in the real world. It can also help to supplement your cost of living. Your study commitments should always take priority over work commitments.

There are many options available to you when searching for employment within Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Griffith University offers emplyment search services as well as access to unitemps job search facility

Job search

Tax file number

Before you begin working in Australia, you will need to apply for a Tax File Number as you will need to give this to your employer to avoid paying the highest tax rate.

Tax return

You will need to complete a yearly tax return as you may be eligible for a partial refund. Tax returns must be lodged by 31 October for the previous financial year, which runs from 1 July to 30 June.

Other fees and charges

See our list of incidental fees for services and penalites

Scholarships

Value

The bursary is equivalent to 10% of tuition fee for the first attempt at units in the program of study (ie. Certificate#, Diploma#, Bachelor degree, Pre-Master's program/PQP or Master's degree with a Navitas member institution (excluding mixed English option) and is credited to the eligible student's tuition fee account each semester (the amount being relevant to the number of units undertaken in that semester).

Eligibility

  • Family Bursary applies where two or more students from the same family study at a Navitas institution.
  • The first family member can be studying at a Navitas institution at the same time as the other family members or may have studied at any Navitas institution previously.
  • The family bursary is granted to the second and subsequent family members who study at a Navitas institution.
  • Not have previously received a Navitas scholarship or bursary, or had a scholarship or bursary from Navitas withdrawn.

Definitions

For the purpose of this bursary, a family member is defined as a husband, wife, brother, sister, mother, father, son, daughter or stepchild.

Conditions

  • Successful recipients will not receive any money from the Navitas member institution. The value of the bursary will be recorded on the student's account each semester of study.
  • The bursary does not apply to additional units or repeat units that may also be undertaken.
  • Navitas bursary is not applicable to English language program or any component of any English language program offered by Navitas member institutions.

Navitas member institutions

The Navitas bursary applies to students studying at BCUIC, Curtin College, Curtin University Sydney, Curtin Singapore, CRIC, EIBT, EIC, Eynesbury, FIC, HIC, ICM, ICP, ICRGU, ICWS, La Trobe University Sydney Campus, La Trobe Melbourne, LBIC, Macquarie City Campus, Deakin College, Deakin College Indonesia, PDIC, PIBT, Griffith College, SAIBT, SIBT, Navitas at FAU, Navitas at UMass Boston, Navitas at UMass Dartmouth, Navitas at UMass Lowell, Navitas at WKU and Navitas at UNH only.

Application instructions

A completed application must be submitted to the Navitas institution together with supporting documents, such as birth certificate, or family card.

Application form

The Navitas Academic Merit Scholarship is awarded at the conclusion of each trimester to the student who achieves the most outstanding academic results (highest GPA) in their first trimester of studies at the College, across all programs (excluding Foundation) and Campuses.

Value

Recipients of a Navitas Academic Merit Scholarship will be entitled to free tuition (equivalent to the maximum of up to four academic courses) for their second trimester of studies of a Griffith College Diploma or Associate Degree.

The scholarship excludes any additional costs required as part of the academic program including travel or materials such as books or equipment.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a continuing (current) student, enrolled and studying towards a Griffith College Diploma or Associate Degree;
  • Be currently studying full-time;
  • Have achieved competencies in all courses across their current program (for which the scholarship is applied for) in the trimester prior to being eligible for the scholarship;
  • Not have any outstanding fees on their student account;
  • Not have previously received a Navitas scholarship or bursary, or had a scholarship or bursary from Navitas withdrawn.
  • The scholarship applies to the second semester of enrolment only or the final semester of study for a Diploma or Associate Degree program. Students are liable to pay for any additional courses undertaken.
  • Successful recipients will not receive any money from the Navitas member institution. The value of the scholarship will be recorded on the student's account during their second trimester of study for a Diploma or Associate Degree program.
  • Scholarship recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress through their second trimester of study to retain their scholarship.
  • Scholarships are not transferable to other students or Navitas member institutes in any circumstances.
  • Navitas member institutions reserves the right not to award all or some of the scholarships in a given year.
  • Scholarships cannot be backdated.

Conditions

Commencement date

Up to two scholarships may be awarded at the conclusion of each trimester.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on:

  • Academic results (GPA) from their previous trimester of study. Should two students have identical academic results, the scholarship panel will refer back to marks awarded within each course to ascertain the scholarship recipient.
  • Additional factors such as educational disadvantage, member of specific equity group and/or significantly adverse personal circumstances may be taken into account where the scholarship panel must differentiate between equally qualified applicants.
  • Outcome of scheduled interview (if required)

Notification of results

The scholarship panel from each Navitas member institution will announce the recipients of the Navitas academic merit scholarship upon the completion of each trimester and the release of the results. The recipients will be notified by mail and the successful students posted on the college/campus website.

Navitas member institutions

The Navitas scholarship is offered to students studying at BCUIC, Curtin College, Curtin University Sydney, Curtin Singapore, CRIC, EIBT, EIC, Eynesbury, FIC, HIC, ICM, ICP, ICRGU, ICWS, La Trobe University Sydney Campus, La Trobe Melbourne, LBIC, Macquarie City Campus, Deakin College, Deakin College Indonesia, PUIC, PIBT, Griffith College, SAIBT, SIBT, Navitas at FAU, Navitas at UMass Boston, Navitas at UMass Dartmouth, Navitas at UMass Lowell, Navitas at WKU and Navitas at UNH only.

Application instructions

Students are not required to apply for the scholarship as it is awarded based on academic performance and ALL Diploma and Associate Degree students are eligible.

All terms and conditions are correct as at 22 December 2016 and subject to change without notice or at the discretion of the Navitas member institute or Navitas Ltd.

First in Family Grant

Griffith College is pleased to announce that in 2019, a number of First in Family grants will be available to new students.  To qualify, applicants must be first in immediate family to be attending tertiary study.  This includes parents, siblings or children.   These grants will provide an opportunity for students to receive $1500 during their time as a Griffith College student to put towards text books and other Griffith College expenses.

Conditions

  • Applicants must be first in immediate family to be attending tertiary study.  This includes parents, siblings or children.
  • The grant will be available to applicants who have nominated Griffith College as their first QTAC preference and who have submitted a QTAC application by 31 January 2019.
  • Applicants must have completed Year 12 in 2018.
  • Applicants must be an Australian citizen / permanent resident of Australia and living in Queensland.
  • Applicants must provide a testimonial for marketing purposes if requested.
  • Applicants are required to be available for casual paid employment as a Student Ambassador if required.

Criteria

In order to qualify for consideration for a grant, students are required to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be enrolled in a Griffith College program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of two courses.
  • Applicants must submit a statement indicating how they would benefit from the grant, which program they intend to study and what their personal aspirations are beyond completing their study at Griffith College.

Applications close on 1 February 2019.  Successful applicants will be advised by email in February 2019.

Application form