Staff Tuition Fee Subsidy Initiative - Overview

UNSW is committed to offering staff opportunities to further their education and grow their careers, as well as strengthening employee benefit offerings to ensure the university can retain and attract the very best talent.
As such, UNSW has introduced a Fee Subsidy Initiative for eligible staff to receive a discount on tuition fees for courses and degrees run at UNSW. This website outlines eligibility, terms and conditions, and the application process to apply for this subsidy.
This Staff Tuition Fee Subsidy initiative has been launched as a trial and will be evaluated over time. Staff should review the guidelines each semester, as the process and eligibility criteria may change.
Applications for the subsidy are now open for all award, non-award and short courses commencing from February 2018.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a tuition fee subsidy a staff member must:
  • Be a continuing full time or part time staff member; or
  • Be a fixed term full time or part time staff member with at least 12 months of service prior to the application date and be expected to be employed by UNSW for at least the subsidised semester of study;
  • Be eligible to study whilst working as per their citizenship, residency or visa conditions; and
  • Not be subject to an active performance improvement plan.
Conjoints (e.g. Hospital staff) or sessional staff who have contributed significantly to the University over an extended period of time may be considered for a tuition fee subsidy on a case by case application basis. Applications for these staff members will be reviewed by the Vice President, Human Relations and the relevant Dean or Divisional Head after submission to HR Help.
Staff members employed by the following affiliated organisations are also eligible for the tuition fee subsidy:
  • Children’s Cancer Institute;
  • Neuroscience Research Australia;
  • Garvan Institute for Medical Research;
  • Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute;
  • Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research;
  • Black Dog Institute;
  • The George Institute;
  • Brien Holden Vision Institute;
  • Scientia Clinical Research;
  • UNSW Global;
  • UNSW Innovations;
  • UNSW Press and
  • Centre for Eye Health
It is the responsibility of the staff member to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria, especially with regard to their eligibility to study whilst working.
As part of the application, staff members must obtain sign-off from their supervisor or manager confirming that they meet the eligibility criteria and that the selected course(s) is/are relevant to their professional role.