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Fees and charges

All queries regarding course fees (both VET and Higher Education courses) should be directed to the ECU Fees Office on 134 ECU (328).

VET fees

VET Fees are set by the State Government, and are generally not released until November or December of the year preceding the course offering.

For further information about WAAPA VET fees and VET-HELP, please visit the Future Students WAAPA VET fees web page.

Higher Education fees

All higher education students are liable for their tuition fees, plus the University Student Services and Amenities fee. Additionally, some courses require additional fees, set out in the University incidental fee register.

For further information about Higher Education fees and HECS-HELP, please visit the Future Students Fees and Scholarships web page.


Students applying for WAAPA higher education courses may be eligible to apply for an ECU scholarship.

There are a number of prizes and awards for which WAAPA students may be eligible, once they have commenced their studies. Most of these are merit based and apply to particular courses of study.

Application Fees for WAAPA Courses

All WAAPA discipline areas have an application fee. This means if you list any of these disciplines in the course preferences on your application form, you will need to pay a fee of $70 for each of those disciplines. Please be aware that this fee is non-refundable and will not be returned or refunded if you cancel your audition or fail to turn up.

Important notes:

  • Make sure you select each discipline relating to all your course preferences when prompted in the online admission system.
  • The application fee is discipline based, not course based. You do not have to pay a fee for each course you apply for as you can apply for more than one course in any particular discipline, you instead pay for each separate discipline you select in your course preferences.
  • The application fee is not instrument based. This means if you are auditioning for more than one instrument within any music discipline, you only pay one application fee for the discipline.
  • This is an application fee; it should not be confused with tuition fees. Tuition fees relate to the cost to study units within the WAAPA course you are applying for.
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