Between 2016 and 2018 tuition fees for some courses increased at a higher rate than usual. In order to give this cohort of students some certainty about their total course cost, UTS chose to grandparent their tuition fees for a set period of time. For students who are eligible for grandparenting, it ensures that while you remain enrolled in the same course, your tuition fees will increase by no more than 5% each year, for three (3) years, post first year of enrolment (i.e. total four (4) years).
Fee-paying students who commenced prior to 2019 will remain eligible for grandparenting of their tuition fees while they remain admitted to the same course, for the relevant time period.
All students who are eligible for grandparenting have been assigned a ‘Cohort Year' equal to their year of their commencement. Your cohort year will usually remain unchanged for the duration of your course, however if you change or transfer to a new course this may affect your cohort year.
Grandparenting does not currently apply to students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place.
The period of grandparenting will not be extended for an individual student for any reason, including for:
- studying part-time or with an otherwise reduced study load
- an approved leave of absence
- where they are required to repeat a subject due to failure or non-completion.
Note: international students on a student visa should maintain a full-time study load, and are only permitted to reduce their study load in limited circumstances.
Find your cohort year
You can view your cohort year by generating any of these reports from My Student Admin: e-Invoice, online Academic Record, online Enrolment Details and online Student Plan Advice.
Internal course transfer
Students who receive grandparenting and wish to change course via an Internal Course Transfer will be required to pay the set fees for the new course, but will maintain their grandparenting in that course, i.e. their cohort year and original period of grandparenting will transfer with them to the new course.
Maria commences a Master of Engineering in 2015 (Cohort Year = 2015)
In 2016 she transfers to a Master of Business.
In 2016 she will be charged the fee for Master of Business (Cohort Year = 2015), rather than the fee charged to a 2016 commencing student, i.e. Master of Business (Cohort Year = 2016).
Note: Students who transfer to a new course, where that course has not previously been offered, will be required to pay fees for the new course at that current year’s rate.
Exception: Where a student transfers to a new course that is considered to be a direct replacement of an existing course, grandparenting may apply. For more information please contact the UTS Fees team via Ask UTS.
Commencing a new course
Students who complete a course and then apply for another UTS course (including articulating from a Graduate Certificate to/from Graduate Diploma to/from Masters) will not continue to be grandparented in the subsequent course, and will be liable for fees for the new course at the current year’s rate. You will be assigned a new cohort year equivalent to the year you commence the new course.
Withdrawing from a course
If a student withdraws from their course all existing grandparenting arrangements will cease, and will not be re-instated upon return to study - you will be assigned a new cohort year equivalent to the year you recommence study at UTS. This also applies where a student's enrolment is cancelled due to an absence without leave; non-payment of fees; or course exclusion.
How it works
For students who are eligible for grandparenting, it ensures that while you remain enrolled in the same course, your tuition fees will increase by no more than 5% each year, for three (3) years, post first year of enrolment (i.e. total four (4) years).
You will be charged the standard fee applicable for that year. As you continue through your course, your fees will be grandparented with the 5% increase cap applied for the subsequent three (3) years.
If you remain in the same course and reach the maximum time allowed for grandparenting, you will be charged the standard fee rate for the year that you are enrolled in.
For any course comprising 144 credit points or more (including all time-based Higher Degree by Research courses), grandparenting will apply for 5 years, post first year of enrolment (i.e. total 6 years).
Phasing out of grandparenting fees
From 2019 onwards, UTS grandparenting fees will begin to phase out. This is because some cohorts (2015 and earlier) have reached the maximum time allowed.
If you are in this cohort, and you are intending to study in 2019 and beyond, you will no longer receive grandparenting on your tuition fees. This means you will be charged the standard fee rate for the year that you are enrolled in.
Find out more about tuition fees for different types of students.