Studying a Degree with CIT

Degrees offered at CIT

^ Jointly delivered by CIT and Charles Sturt University

Applying for a CIT Degree

If you are a:

Domestic student you can apply direct to CIT by contacting CIT Student Services.

International student see the international student page to view wide range of subject areas including degrees.

Applying for a jointly delivered degree between CIT and Charles Stuart University you can apply directly through CIT by contacting CIT Student Services.

Preparing a Personal Statement

A personal statement is a free-text written statement that presents a reasoned case supporting your application. A personal statement is compulsory for:

  • Bachelor of Games and Virtual Worlds Programming
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination) only required if you are a mature aged applicant.

It should contain statements which:

  • reflect on your educational experience to this point and how it has prepared you for studying the course/s for which you are applying (results of formal study will be available for us to view via your UAC application);
  • indicate your knowledge and interest in the area in which you plan to study (you may include here any relevant details of short courses you have undertaken);
  • outline your expectations of the course/s for which you are applying;
  • reflect on any work (paid or voluntary) you have undertaken - you may also wish to include details of your work history; and
  • mention anything else about you that will help us assess your application.

Click here to Submit a Personal Statement

Attending an Interview

As part of applying for a degree with CIT you may be asked to attend an interview. During this interview which could take between 15-30 minutes you may be asked to:

  • Explain why you want to study in your chosen degree area.
  • Talk about where you see yourself in five years.
  • Speak about your interests, passions, and experience.
  • Expand on your personal statement.

What is FEE HELP?

FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible fee-paying students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. You repay the loan through the Australian taxation system once your income goes above the designated threshold (For the 2012-13 income year the threshold is $49,095).  Over your lifetime you can borrow only up to the FEE-HELP limit, which is indexed each year (e.g. in 2013, the FEE-HELP limit is $93,204).

A loan fee of 25% applies to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses of study. The loan fee is also repaid through the Australian Taxation System (e.g. if your Tuition Fee is $1,000, the loan fee is $250).

Who can apply for FEE-HELP?

If you are an Australian citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for Commonwealth assistance through FEE-HELP.  FEE-HELP is not available for international students, New Zealand citizens, most other permanent visa holders, temporary or provisional visa holders.

Which CIT higher education subjects is FEE HELP available for in 2013?

FEE HELP applies only to CIT higher education subjects.  These are the final (third) year subjects in:

  • Bachelor of Photography 
  • Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design) 
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)

and for all subjects (for all years of the degree) in:

  • Bachelor of Games and Virtual Worlds (Programming).

Where can I get more information about FEE-HELP at CIT?

Enquire at the CIT Student Services for information about FEE-HELP. Telephone (02) 6207 3188 or email

Where can I get online information about FEE-HELP?

Further information about FEE-HELP can be found on the Study Assist website at or refer to the FEE-HELP information booklet which is available at the CIT Student Services or in the Study Assist website

What about Certificate, Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses?

FEE-HELP does not apply to these qualifications. CIT's Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas are offered at affordable costs subsidised by the ACT Government. Please also refer to the information on VET FEE-HELP for relevant courses (or see below).  You can find details of these fees at

I've heard about VET FEE-HELP, what is this and how is it different from FEE-HELP?

VET FEE-HELP is available through CIT. It's similar to FEE-HELP but for Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas.  CIT's publicly available VET qualifications (Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas) are offered at affordable costs subsidised by the ACT Government which is less than full cost commercial rates.

How do I apply for FEE-HELP?

  • Confirm that you are an eligible student and that FEE-HELP is available for the higher education subjects you wish to study. 
  • Check information on FEE-HELP available from the Study Assist website. 
  • If you are eligible and FEE-HELP applies to the subjects you will be studying, obtain a Request for FEE-HELP assistance form from the CIT Student Services when you enrol.

How do I cancel my FEE-HELP?

  • Your FEE-HELP request will remain with you until you complete your degree. A single FEE-HELP request is continuing. It doesn't matter whether you are studying full- or part-time or how long it takes you to complete your degree, your FEE-HELP application will be with you until you finish. 
  • Students who have requested FEE-HELP and wish to terminate their request must advise CIT in writing. Written requests to the CIT Student Services to cancel FEE-HELP must be made on or prior to census date. 
  • If you decide to cancel your FEE-HELP request you will have to pay all of your fees prior to or on census date.

Fees Schedules

Statement of Tuition Assurance

Under the provisions of the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and the associated Higher Education Provider Guidelines the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) (the First Provider) is required to provide a tuition assurance management for persons, other than overseas students* who are enrolled in higher education courses it offers.  This requirement is to protect students in the event that CIT ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled.  The meaning of 'ceasing to provide a course of study' is set out in the HEP Guidelines at:

In the event that CIT ceases to provide a course of study in which a student is enrolled, the student is entitled to a choice of:

a) an offer of a place in a similar course of study with a Second Provider without any requirement to pay the Second Provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (this is known as the "Course Assurance Option");


b) a refund of his or her up-front payments for any unit of study that the student commences but does not complete because CIT ceases to provide the course of study of which the unit forms part (this is known as the "Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option").

CIT has met the tuition assurance requirements of the HESA through its current membership of the TAFE Directors Australia (TDA) Tuition Assurance Scheme (TAS).

Contact details for TDA are:

TAFE Directors Australia

National Secretariat
Sydney Institute of TAFE NSW

Ultimo College

PO Box 707 Broadway  NSW  2007

Phone: +61 2 9271 3180  Fax: +61 2 9281 7335

If CIT ceases to provide a course of study, TDA will send a student enrolled in the course of study a Written Tuition Assurance Offer (the Offer) advising the student of the options available under the tuition assurance requirements. The Offer will include directions that the student must follow in order to notify TDA of the choice they have made for each affected unit. TDA will provide this Offer within twenty Business Days after it knows, or should know by reasonable enquiries that CIT has ceased to provide the course of study.

The course/s of study for which CIT has TDA TAS membership is/are:

  • Bachelor of Design (Fashion Design)
  • Bachelor of Photography
  • Bachelor of Forensic Science (Crime Scene Examination)
  • Bachelor of Games and Virtual Worlds (Programming)

A student may choose either:

The Course Assurance Option:

Under the course assurance option, a student will be offered a place in a similar course of study by TDA.  If the student accepts this option, TDA will make all necessary arrangements to ensure a student is able to enrol with the Second Provider in the similar course of study.  This offered course will lead to the same or a comparable qualification without any requirement on the part of the student to pay the Second Provider any student contribution or tuition fee for any replacement units (that is, units that the student had commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered).  A student will receive full credit from the Second Provider for any units of study successfully completed at CIT.

The Second Provider nominated by TDA may have different contribution amounts or tuition fees to the amounts or fees the student would have paid for units of study which were part of the course of study the CIT ceased to provide but which the student had not yet started studying.

A student is not obliged to enrol in a course of study with a Second Provider offered by TDA under the Course Assurance Option. However, if he/she enrols with any other provider there is no obligation on that provider to offer full credit transfer for the units of study completed with the CIT or to offer replacement/s unit free of charge.


The Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option

Under the Student Contribution/Tuition Fee Repayment Option, TDA undertakes to pay the student the total of any up-front payments already paid by the student for any units of study the student has commenced but not completed because the course ceased to be offered.  Students selecting this option will also have their SLE or FEE-HELP balance/s re-credited for the uncompleted units if they used FEE-HELP to pay tuition fees for the uncompleted units.

* See Education Services for Overseas Students (ESOS) Act 2002 for the definition of overseas student.

What is the census date?

The census date is the date on which all your enrolment requirements must be finalised.

Importance of the census date

The census date is important because it is the deadline for all the following:

  • completing and submitting your Request for FEE-HELP assistance form;
  • paying part or all of your fees up front, if you wish to pay up front; and
  • providing your Tax File Number (TFN), if you request a FEE-HELP loan
  • the last day you can withdraw without incurring a debt
  • if you applied for FEE-HELP your liability is binding on the day after census date

Census dates

The census dates for higher education (degree) subjects are as follows:

  • Semester 2 subjects: 26 August

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