Fees and Fee-Help
Ridley College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT). The tuition fees are set by the ACT on an annual basis. The cost of individual subjects varies by the credit points for the subject; standard subjects are worth 12 credit points. Fees are adjusted each year and are not set for the duration of the qualification.
Course fees are invoiced at the beginning of each semester (Semester One: February, Semester Two: July, Semester Three: November) and are due and payable in full within 30 days of the invoice date.
Ridley College offers various methods of account payment, which are detailed in the invoices. For information regarding our refund policy please refer to the Ridley College Variation of Enrolment Policy available from the Current Students/Forms section of this website, or from the Registrar’s office.
Ridley may use the services of its accredited mercantile agency for collection of any overdue fees; however, in particular cases, the Principal may exercise discretion for the fee collection to be handled internally.
2023 Student Fees for Domestic students
You can access 2022 Student Fees here
|Level 5-7 subjects
||$2,679 per subject
$21,432 full time, one year
(includes a $336.60 ACT administration fee per standard subject)
|Level 8-9 subjects
||$2,802 per subject
$22,416 full time, one year
(includes a $352.20 ACT administration fee per subject)
In Context subjects:
$4002 full year subject (12cp)
(6cp includes $176.10 ACT administration fee
12cp includes $352.20 ACT administration fee)
|Postgraduate coursework (Graduate Certificates, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry)
||$2,802 per subject (12cps)
(includes a $352.20 ACT administration fee per subject for 12 credit point subjects)
|Postgraduate research part-time (Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology) – fees apply to domestic and offshore candidates
||$5,016 part-time mode per semester
$10,032 part-time mode per year
(includes an $1,038 ACT administration fee per semester)
|Postgraduate research full-time (Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology) – fees apply to domestic and offshore candidates
||$10,032 full-time mode per semester
$20,064 full-time mode per year
(includes a $2,076 ACT administration fee per semester)
|Study Tour (all students)
||Up to $9,072
(includes a $352.20 ACT administration fee for domestic students per subject)
2023 Fees for Overseas Students
|Level 5-7 subjects
||$3,087 per subject
$24,696 full time, one year
(includes a $505.20 ACT administration fee per standard subject)
|Level 8-9 subjects
||$3,228 per subject
$25,824 full time, one year
(includes a $529.20 ACT administration fee per subject)
|Postgraduate research full-time (Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Theology) – fees apply to international candidates studying in Australia
||$11,976 full-time mode per semester
$23,952 per year
(includes a $2,666.40 ACT administration fee per semester)
- Ridley Online students
Online students are responsible for their own internet connection, and for return postage of any books borrowed from the library. The library pays for postage to students.
- Audit students
Students auditing a unit/s (participating in learning but not submitting assessment or receiving academic credit) are invoiced a fee of $395 per 12cp unit. This mode of study is available for both on-campus and online students. Please note that FEE-HELP is not available to auditing students.
- Anglican Institute Training Fee
Candidates for ordination pay an annual ordination training fee of $1,000 ($500 plus GST per semester) and associate members of the Anglican Institute pay $500 ($250 plus GST per semester).
Ridley College students may be eligible to access financial help from the Commonwealth Government via FEE-HELP to help pay their tuition fees . For further information on FEE-HELP, including any proposed changes, visit the government website by clicking here.
FEE-HELP provides students with a loan of up to $113,028 in 2023 (indexed each year) over their lifetime towards their tuition fees. The fees are paid by the Government to the ACT (the Higher Education Provider). The student may make voluntary repayments at any time, but must start repaying the debt when their taxable income reaches $48,361 (2022-23 tax year).
There is a 20% FEE-HELP loan fee applicable to subjects in the undergraduate courses of study, such as the diploma and bachelor degrees. There is no loan fee for subjects of study in a post/graduate course, such as the Graduate Diploma, Master of Divinity, and research courses.
It is the student’s responsibility to check the full cost of their proposed course of study and to ensure they have sufficient FEE-HELP funding available. Students can check their available FEE-HELP balance here. It is also possible to pay tuition fees through a combination of upfront payments and FEE-HELP if preferred; please contact the Registrar’s office to discuss this arrangement.
To be eligible for FEE-HELP a student must:
- Be an Australian citizen or the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa or the holder of a permanent visa who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals. If you fall into the last two categories you must also be resident in Australia for the duration of the subject.
- Have completed Ridley’s application and enrolment procedures by the applicable deadlines.
- Have completed the online eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) application process on or before the appropriate census date. Upon enrolment in their first subject in a course, students who wish to apply for FEE-HELP will receive an email with instructions and a link to make their online application.
Once students apply for FEE-HELP it will be applicable for the entirety of their course; it is only necessary to lodge a new FEE-HELP application if a student changes their course of study.
FEE-HELP ELIGIBILITY AND ACADEMIC PROGRESSION
Since 1 Jan 2018 students who enrol in a course of study must ensure that they maintain a minimum 50% successful completion rate for their equivalent first full-time year of study to ensure continued access to FEE-HELP funding. Students whose progression falls below this 50% threshold will be required to pay their tuition fees upfront until they can bring their progression rate back up to 50% and access FEE-HELP funding again.
Ridley has many ways of providing support for students who are struggling with their studies or study load. Students who would value additional support should contact the Academic Counsellor or Registrar’s Office as early as possible in their studies so that appropriate support measures can be put in place.
2023 Census dates
|17 March 2023
||11 August 2023
||8 December 2023
Please note that no FEE-HELP applications can be accepted after these dates.
Our scholarships are awarded by semester.
2023 APPLICATIONS CLOSE:
> 6 February for semester one
> 3 July for semester two
(Please note: applications submitted after these dates will NOT be considered)
All scholarships are means tested. Application forms are available from the Registrar or can be downloaded by clicking here:
Ridley College Scholarship Application form
Youth Ministry Support Package Application
- Leon Morris Scholarship for Indigenous Students
Available for students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are eligible for (but not necessarily claiming) Centrelink’s Abstudy allowance.
- Frederick Roper Scholarship and Sarah Pendlebury Bursary
Available in situations of financial hardship or financial difficulties or insufficient means.
- Youth Ministry Support Package
Available for students undertaking study in youth ministry to support youth ministry placement in a local church.