Masters or PhD students

Dependants of Masters or PhD students

Dependants of Masters or Doctoral degree students 500, 573 and 574 visa  holders are not required to pay mainstream tuition fees for overseas fee-paying students for the duration of their parent’s postgraduate study period, unless they are in receipt of a scholarship that also sponsors their dependant children. All students are also required to pay the contributions and charges that apply to all public primary and secondary schools.  

The tuition fee waiver only applies when the visa holders are currently enrolled in full-time postgraduate studies at a recognised Western Australian university. 

The tuition fee waiver does not apply before or after the study period.  During this time the dependant is eligible to pay mainstream international tuition fees.

Enrolment conditions

Under State​ Government regulations, dependants of overseas students have a lower enrolment priority in a school than Australian citizens, permanent residents and some temporary residents. 

Although dependants of international Masters and PhD students are permitted to enrol in public schools, they do not have entitlement to enrol at the nearest public school. There is a high demand for places in public schools in Western Australia and it may not be possible to place dependants in schools closest to the student's home or near the university.

The enrolment of overseas fee-paying students at a school approved to enrol overseas fee-paying students is at the discretion of the principal who must ensure that the school has an appropriate education program and available classroom accommodation.

Students on bridging visas

Where the student has enrolment entitlements for a set period of time, such as during a scholarship or study period, then a bridging visa does not extend this entitlement period and fees will apply.

Fees and charges

Overseas fee-paying postgraduates with a tuition fee waiver for a dependant are required to pay the following fees which are collected by TIWA:

  • Tuition fee for any period when the postgraduate student is not undertaking postgraduate studies. This applies during any bridging, preliminary English or similar course. 
  • Additional fees are charged for students that require specialist provision or support for disability or English as an additional language. If the school determines that additional support is required, the fee must be paid prior to commencement at the school.

Overseas fee-paying students with a tuition fee waiver are required to pay the following contributions, charges and fees which are collected by the school:

  • other costs incurred by the school such as leasing or purchase of notebook computers and School Curriculum and Standards Authority fees; and
  • contributions and charges payable by local students enrolled at the school.

Find out more information about English language support and fees in the English language requirements section

Application process

To apply to study at a Western Australian primary or secondary school view the application process page for dependants of Masters and PhD students.

​Exemptions for certain scholarship holders 

Dependa​nts of students studying a Masters (500 or 573 visa subclass) or a Masters or PhD (500 or 574 visa subclass) are eligible for the same enrolment entitlement as local students for the duration of their parents' study period ONLY if they are the recipient of one of the following scholarships: 

  • AusAID Scholarship
  • Full scholarship awarded by the Commonwealth of Australia to a person who, because of the scholarship is permitted under a law of the Commonwealth to reside in Australia
  • Full scholarship awarded by Edith Cowan University (ECU), Curtin University of Technology, Murdoch University or the University of Western Australia

Students will be required to pay local contributions, charges and fees payable by local students enrolled at the school. Find out more about fees and charges in the tuition fees for school students section.

These post-graduate students should apply for confirmation of their scholarship status through the International Office of the University.

TIWA will issue a letter of introduction to be taken to the school that confirms the local enrolment entitlement. The enrolment entitlement is limited to the duration of the scholarship.

SCHOLARSHIPS THAT ALSO SPONSOR DEPENDANT CHILDREN

Masters or Doctoral degree students 500 or 573 and 574 visa subclasses who are in receipt of a scholarship that also sponsors their dependant children are required to pay the mainstream tuition fee for overseas fee-paying students.

This will be in addition to contributions and charges and any intensive English or specialist disability services as assessed by the school. Students are also required to pay the contributions and charges that apply to all public primary and secondary schools.

Application process for dependants of scholarships that also sponsor dependant children.

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