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Fees & Scholarships

Marcus Oldham is continually seeking financial support for students via scholarships and bursaries. Students who can demonstrate need may receive assistance with finances, either through the College or from other sources.

Bursaries are made available by the College and individual payment plans of fees may be arranged in certain circumstances.

There may also be financial assistance from outside sources for students who meet specific requirements. Any student interested in financial assistance is invited to discuss the matter with Tony McMeel, Deputy Principal at any time – direct line (03) 5247 2903.

For further assistance, please also contact:
Centrelink – centrelink.gov.au
Study Assist – studyassist.gov.au

FEE-HELP Eligible students can apply for financial assistance under the Australian Government FEE-HELP program.FEE-HELP is a loan scheme which assists students to pay their tuition fees. FEE-HELP can cover all or part of the student’s tuition fees, up to a lifetime limit set annually by the Government and which is indexed. A loan fee of 25 per cent applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The FEE-HELP limit does not include the loan fee, or any amount of increased HELP debt incurred by the student due to indexation. No loan fee is applicable to postgraduate courses.

The Australian Government pays the student’s tuition fee to the higher education provider on behalf of the student, and students begin to repay their FEE-HELP debt to the Australian Government once their income reaches a prescribed threshold.

The “Financial Cost per unit and workload” document in the FEES tab above, outlines the cost of individual units and workload. For more information visit the studyassist.gov.au website.

Allowances Students who are studying at Marcus Oldham are eligible to apply for either the Youth Allowance (under 25) or Austudy (over 25).There are many ways to be eligible for Youth Allowance and Austudy. Further information is available online centrelink.gov.au or from your local Centrelink office.

Residential Marcus Oldham students may also qualify for rent assistance – details are available from the links below. In addition, students are eligible to receive Spouse Allowance etc., where applicable.

HECS Please note that as full fee paying students, Marcus Oldham students are EXEMPT from paying the Higher Education Contribution Charge.
Scholarships Marcus Oldham offers a number of scholarships which are industry sponsored and awarded on an application and interview selection process. Bursary assistance may be available for students who demonstrate genuine financial need.
Course Unit Fees

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Equine Management students are provided with paddock agistment with supplementary hay, for one horse. The additional costs associated with farriery, dentistry, veterinary and hard feed, are to be borne by the student. If a student cannot bring a horse, the College will lease a horse to the student for the year at a nominal rate. Equine students might also be able to seek reimbursement for some event entry costs by agreement with the course Director.

FEE-HELP is only available for tuition fees. The election as to what portion of the tuition fees a student wishes to place on FEE-HELP must be made prior to the Census Date for each period.

In the 2nd year of the Agriculture program, the student is engaged in full-time employment with an approved employer. The negotiation of salary and conditions is between the employer and the student. All other practical/industry placements that range between two weeks and ten weeks for the various programs are usually without payment although some employers will make a nominal payment. Quite often these placements provide an opportunity for future employment.

Students should allow for their social costs, phone and computer or tablet devices, fuel for their car and membership of the student body. The amount of these costs will vary between students and how they conduct themselves. Being part of student life is one of the great features of coming to Marcus. Students should allow for some expenditure in this area.

Marcus Oldham will incorporate all of its charges in the tuition and residential fee, however, the student body often runs social events, organises year group clothing and magazine and has a membership fee. Expenses such as these are not compulsory although most students will want to take part in student life and its associated costs.

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