Fees and Fee-Help

Student Fees FEE-HELP Scholarships    

Ridley College is an affiliated college of the Australian College of Theology (ACT). The tuition fees are set by ACT on an annual basis. More information about tuition fees is available on the ACT Website. The cost of individual subjects varies by the credit points for the subject. Standard subjects are worth 12 credit points (from 2020 onwards). 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 Unit 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 still access 2022 Student Fees here

Degree level Cost
Level 5-7 Units $2,679 per subject
$21,432 full time, one year
(includes a $336.60 ACT administration fee per standard subject)
Level 8-9 Units $2,802 per subject
$22,416 full time, one year
(includes a $352.20 ACT administration fee per subject)
Postgraduate coursework (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, PhD, ThD) $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, PhD, ThD) $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

Degree level Cost
Level 5-7 Units $3,087 per subject
$24,696 full time, one year
(includes a $505.20 ACT administration fee per standard subject)
Level 8-9 Units $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, PhD or ThD) $11,976 full-time mode per semester
$23,952 per year
(includes a $2,666.40 ACT administration fee per semester)

Other fees

  • 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 for dioceses other than those in the Diocese of Melbourne will pay an annual ordination training fee of $1,600 ($800 per semester).
  • Variation of Unit Enrolment Fees
    Students making alterations to their unit enrolments may be charged administration fees if these alterations occur after administrative deadlines throughout the semester – these fees are set annually by the ACT. For full details, please see the Variation of Unit Enrolment policy, which is distributed each semester with your tax invoice and enrolment summary and is available from our website.


Ridley College students may be eligible to access financial help from the Commonwealth Government to help pay their tuition fees.

FEE-HELP provides students with a loan of up to $109,206 in 2022 (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. The student must start repaying the debt when their taxable income reaches $47,014 (2021-22 tax year).

There is usually a 25% loan fee each time a loan is taken out for undergraduate units of study, such as the diploma and bachelor degrees; this fee has been waived by the Government until December 2021. From January 2022 the rate of this fee will decrease to 20%. There is no loan fee for units of study in a post/graduate course, such as the Graduate Diploma, Master of Divinity, and research courses.

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 unit
  • Have completed Ridley’s application and enrolment procedures by the appropriate deadline
  • Have completed the eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) through the ACT’s Education Management System (PARADIGM) on or before the appropriate census date

Students who enrolled in a course of study from 1 Jan 2018 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% before they are eligible to 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 find themselves struggling 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

2022/2023 Census dates

Semester Three
5 December 2022
Semester One
17 March 2023
Semester Two 11 August 2023
Semester Three 8 December 2023

Please note that no FEE-HELP applications can be accepted after these dates. For further information on FEE-HELP, including any proposed changes, visit the government website by clicking here or the ACT website.


Our scholarships are awarded by semester.

> 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.

We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which the Ridley College campus is built.
Ridley College is an affiliated college with the Australian College of Theology, CRICOS Provider Code 02650E.
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