VET STUDENT LOANS

For financial assistance Sydney Film School is approved for VET Student Loans. For more information click here.


STUDY LOANS

For financial assistance Sydney Film School has a partnership with STUDY LOANS.

Study Loans is Australia’s first dedicated student loan provider. Study Loans aims to provide you with a truly flexible loan product that allows you to pay for your study as you progress through the course. You decide how much you would like to borrow, and Study Loans provides the flexibility to access the money as needed. Because you can access the money as needed, you only need to repay the amount borrowed. Each time you increase your borrowing, we will automatically adjust your repayments to make sure they stay up to date and your loan is repaid on time. Study Loans directly pays the education provider – hassle free.


DOMESTIC STUDENTS FEES

CUA51020 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA

The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media is completed over one year, in two semesters; full time. Below is a breakdown of fees and payment plans for the Diploma filmmaking course. The total course fee for the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media for domestic students is $16,000 (AUD). This course is an approved VET Student Loans course. For more information click here.

Please note: as of October 3, 2022, the total fee for domestic students will be $16,200 (AUD). Any students who apply for the program post-October 3 will be charged this fee. Students who have applied prior to midnight on October 3, 2022 will be charged the current tuition fee.

For full fee paying students, the total course fee is paid as per the payment schedule outlined below:

COURSE DETAILS
Course Title CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Details To successfully complete the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media course, you must complete 15 core units of competency.

Delivery Location 242 Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, NSW, 2017, Australia

Delivery Mode Onsite on Online where applicable 

Total Duration 1 Year

Hours per week 20 hours (Minimum)

Total Tuition Fee $16,000 (AUD)

MONEY PAYABLE ON ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER
Course Deposit (Non-refundable) $0 (paid on acceptance of offer)

Material fees $0 (It is expected that you purchase an external hard drive to assist your studies)

Total Money due to the School on Enrolment $0

Remaining tuition fee is payable by the student to the School at the agreed payment dates. This is set out in the student agreement. The payment points are every month during semester, on or before the nominated dates, across the duration of the coursePlease note that the Confirmation of Enrolment will not be issued until payment of the due amount with the signed Letter of Offer are received by the student services department. 

Note:  Currency is in Australian Dollar


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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FEES

International students offered a place at Sydney Film School are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 (AUD) when returning their acceptance of the Letter of Offer. Confirmation of enrolment for your visa application will consequently not be processed until the deposit is paid. The balance of course fees for the first semester are due to be paid in full prior to the start of the course.


CUA51020 DIPLOMA OF SCREEN AND MEDIA

The CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media is completed over one year, in two semesters; full time. Below is a breakdown of fees and payment plans for the Diploma filmmaking course. The total course fee for the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media for domestic students is $22,000 (AUD).

Please note: as of October 3, 2022, the total fee for international students will be $25,000 (AUD). Any students who apply for the program post-October 3 will be charged this fee. Students who have applied prior to midnight on October 3, 2022 will be charged the current tuition fee.

The total course fee is paid as per the payment schedule outlined below:

COURSE DETAILS
Course Title CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media

Course Details To successfully complete the CUA51020 Diploma of Screen and Media course, you must complete 15 core units of competency.

Delivery Location 242 Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, NSW, 2017, Australia

Delivery Mode Onsite

CRICOS Course Code 03361F

Total Duration 1 Year

Hours per week 20 hours (Minimum)

Total Tuition Fee $22,000 (AUD)

MONEY PAYABLE ON ACCEPTANCE OF OFFER
Course Deposit (Non-refundable) $1000 (paid on acceptance of offer)

Overseas Student Health Cover (Compulsory) $0 (if organised and paid for by student) or $570 (to be paid on acceptance of this offer if organised by SFS)

Material fees $0 (It is expected that you purchase an external hard drive to assist your studies)

Total Money due to the School on Enrolment $1000 (paid as per schedule of payments)
+ $570
(if SFS is to organise Overseas Student Health Cover)

Remaining tuition fee is payable by the student to the School at the agreed payment dates.
This is set out in the student agreement. The usual payment points are every semester (21 or 22 weeks), at least 2 weeks before the start of a semester, across the duration of the course. The student may exercise their choice to pay more upfront that is a greater amount than the identified amount in the payment schedule. That is their choice depending on circumstances.
Fees paid in advance will be retained in a separate designated account by the School.
Please note that the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) will not be issued until payment of the due amount with this offer and the signed Letter of Offer are received by the student services department.

Note:  Currency is in Australian Dollar


ADMINISTRATIVE FEES & REFUNDS

ADMINISTRATIVE FEES THESE ARE FEES FOR SERVICES WE PROVIDE TO STUDENTS IN ADDITION TO TUITION FEES (GST IS ADDED)

Application Fee (Non-refundable) Nil RPL fee per unit $150
Course Deposit (Non-refundable) $1000 Credit transfer fee per unit $50
Overdue tuition fee – 7 days $210 Assessment re-sit $180
Overdue tuition fee – 14 days $200 Interim academic transcript $20
Re-enrolment fee $500 Interim attendance letter $20
Change of COE details $100 Re-issue of final documents $100
Cancellation and course variation fee $250 Replacement qualification testamur $100
Transfers processing fee $250 Student Card – Replacement $20
Refund processing fee $250 Locker Allocation – Key Deposit  $20

TUITION FEE REFUND POLICY

The following is the summary extracted from the School’s tuition fee refund policies.  The full detail of our refund policy can be found at the SFS website: www.sydneyfilmschool.edu.au. The refund policy applies to both commencing and re-enrolling students. It is set out in the Student Handbook and below. All requests for a refund must be submitted on the appropriate refund application form and must be accompanied by official documentary evidence of the grounds for the request.
Your course deposit is not refundable.
Refunds apply only to tuition fees and will only be paid to the applicant through an Australian Dollar draft.
The School’s policy on the refund of fees has been determined in accordance with the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act 2000) and the Education Services for Overseas Student Regulations 2001 (ESOS Regulations 2001). This policy applies to all students irrespective of who pays the fees.
The student must submit the Refund Application before the case is processed. All refunds incur a $250 administration fee except where it is specifically stated. All bank transfer fees will be deducted from the refund
amount.

The following conditions are applied for both the Sydney Film School and Student defaults. The amount of refund is determined as follows:

TOTAL REFUND OF TUITION FEE 

In the unlikely event that the School is unable to provide the course for which an offer has been made. An alternate offer of a place will be offered at no extra cost to the students as well as the refund option. A total refund will be granted under these circumstances
An offer of a place is withdrawn by the School. (The exception is when the offer was made on the basis of intentional incorrect information).
The applicant is unable to obtain a visa from an Australian Diplomatic Office.

Applications for a total refund on the above grounds must be lodged at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the semester for which the offer is made. The student must provide a certified copy of the official letter of visa
application rejection by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) along with their application, in order for the refund application to be approved.

PARTIAL REFUND OF TUITION FEE 

The amount of partial refund is determined as follows. Administrative fees and applicable deductions are applied:

Withdrawal from a course on illness and compassionate grounds Refund will be decided on a case by case basis
If a student holds a valid student visa at the time of enrolment with the School, but after commencing their course, their current visa expires, and a subsequent visa application is applied for and rejected Refund for any tuition fees paid will be calculated on a pro-rata basis
(calculated on a weekly basis as per the semester calendar) minus any applicable deductions

If the School has paid an amount to a representative in relation to recruitment, the refund will be further reduced by that amount.

NO REFUND

If a student withdraws from the course on or after the course commencement date The student will not be eligible for a refund for the fees for that semester
False or misleading information in application forms or during study Automatically disqualifies you from any refunds
Student is terminated due to serious breach of the School rules or a breach of visa conditions including non-attendance or unsatisfactory progress No refund
Student defers enrolment and commencement date PRIOR to census date Tuition fees will be held by the School until course commencement date
Student defers enrolment and commencement date AFTER census date No refund 

The student is advised of this procedure that is followed by student services:

HOW TO CLAIM A REFUND

  • To claim any refund, the student must complete a STUDENT REFUND REQUEST FORM plus the REFUND REQUEST – BANK DETAILS FORM.
  • Evidence to support the request must be submitted – such as your receipt for course fees paid to date, and certified copies of any supporting documents (such as Visa rejection letter, etc.) to the School.
  • The student must be up to date with course fees at the time of the request.
  • The request will be assessed based on information provided, and the progress through the course
  • If the request is successful, a refund administration fee is charged and deducted from the refund.
  • A refund calculation letter is provided which explains the decision. It will be posted to your address in your home country within 14 days from the receipt of the STUDENT REFUND REQUEST FORM.
  • The refund will be paid in Australian dollars.
  • Statements of Attainment for units completed and paid to date will be issued.

SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES FOR COURSE REFUNDS

The school has the discretion to approve refunds if the customer would be unreasonably disadvantaged if not granted a refund. For example: a customer meets with a serious misadventure, serious illness, or hospitalisation (two week period minimum) supported by a medical certificate, or; special circumstances that have been discussed and agreed upon between the customer and the Executive Chairman.

The following circumstances would not be accepted for a refund:

  • Change in work hours
  • Job change or retrenchment
  • Moving interstate
  • Technology barriers which mean you are having difficulty completing the course
  • Language or writing barriers which were not declared at application which mean you are having difficulty completing the course
  • Insufficient access to workplace documents which mean you are having difficulty completing the course

Where a customer has commenced a course believing that they can meet the requirements, and then find out that they are unable to do the course, a part refund for the component of the course NOT commenced may be given. An interview will assess the circumstances. The refund will be dependent upon the length of time they have been attending, and what competencies have been achieved. Where more than 50% of the course is completed, there will be no refund.

The final decision is at the Discretion of the Executive Chariman.

PROVIDER DEFAULT – if the School cannot offer or continue a course due to changed circumstances

Where the School is in a ‘default’ situation such as cancellation of the course, we will offer a refund. We will discuss this with the customer and come to an arrangement.

A refund letter with calculations showing administration charges and fees to be refunded is sent to the customer.

The payment is processed within a maximum of four weeks (20 working days) from the date on the refund calculation letter.

Where the service or course, if offered through a third party, and that third party cannot deliver the agreed service, the School will offer an alternate arrangement for students to complete the course, or a refund if such a replacement service is not suitable for the student. This decision will be discussed on a case by case basis, and recorded in writing between the parties.

COMPLAINTS REGARDING FEES AND REFUNDS

Students are entitled to access the complaints process should they be dissatisfied about the School decisions relating to fees, refunds, or other matters. This information is available on the website.

Students are advised that the agreement, and the availability of the complaints process, does not remove the right of the customer to take action under the consumer protection law.

STATEMENT CONSUMER PROTECTION LAWS

The written agreement includes the statement that “This agreement, and the availability of complaints and appeals processes, does not remove the right of the student to take action under Australia’s consumer protection laws”.

APPEAL AND REFUND PAYMENT

In both situations, the student will have 10 working days to lodge an appeal if he/she is not satisfied with the School’s decision. The payment will be processed within 10 working days from the
end of the appeal period. The refund will be paid in Australian dollars to the person or bank account nominated in the Refund Application Form regardless who initially paid the tuition fee. For overseas refund payment, an international money transfer fee will be deducted from the refund amount. This will vary between banks but is approximately $25.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND CONTACT DETAILS

During the period of your enrolment you are obliged to keep your contact details up to date. All students have to provide the School an email address and we communicate with you using that address. You must inform us of any change of address details, as soon as you change your accommodation arrangements. Failing to inform the School your correct address is a breach of your visa conditions.

FULL TIME STUDY HOURS

The courses are designed around a full-time study load of 28 hours structured training per week. Depending on the course, hours may vary such as 5 hours per week of self-directed learning. You must maintain consistent attendance which is monitored.

COURSE PROGRESS

You must pass 100% of your units and attend a minimum of 80% of class time. Failing to progress means breaching your student visa conditions.

WORKING HOURS

Full time students may seek paid work to a maximum of 40 hours per fortnight (2 weeks) during semester time. You are allowed un-limited work during term breaks or holidays. Working over 40 hours per fortnight during semester is a serious breach of your student visa conditions. Please refer to https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/stud/more/work-conditions-for-student-visa-holders for more information.

INFORMATION SHARING

Information collected about you on this form and during your enrolment can be provided, in certain circumstances, to the Australian Governments (both Federal and State levels) and designated authorities and, if relevant, the Tuition Protection Scheme. In other instances information collected during your enrolment can be disclosed without your consent where authorised or required by law, this may include circumstance of any suspected breach by the student of a student visa condition.