Important Update and Changes to Financial Capacity Requirements

To ensure a more accurate reflection of the current cost of living in Australia and to provide international students with a comfortable and secure study experience, there will be an adjustment to the financial capacity requirements for visa applicants! 

Key Points to Note:

  1. Increased Financial Capacity: The minimum amount of funds you must demonstrate will now be linked to 75% of the national minimum wage. This adjustment is designed to cover the expected costs of living throughout your studies, including holiday periods.
  2. Informed Decision Making: Meeting this updated requirement will enable you to make informed decisions regarding your finances while studying in Australia. This will help you avoid:
    • Financial Stress: Sufficient funds reduce the risk of financial hardship during your studies.
    • Visa Breaches: The new requirement aligns with permitted working hours for student visas, reducing the temptation to work illegally.
    • Worker Exploitation: Financial security protects you from situations where you might feel pressured to accept exploitative work conditions.

Applications Lodged Before May 10, 2024:

If you submitted your Student or Student Guardian visa application before May 10, 2024, your assessment will be based on the financial capacity requirements that were in effect at the time of your application.

Meeting the financial capacity requirement is a crucial step in your student visa application journey. However, it's important to remember that there are other requirements you'll need to fulfil for a successful visa grant. These can include:

  • A valid offer of enrollment from a registered Australian education provider.
  • Evidence of meeting English language proficiency requirements.
  • Completing a health check-up.
  • Character requirements.
  • And others. See the department website for more information.

Planning Your Australian Studies and Student Visa: Cost Considerations and Scholarship Opportunities

Understanding the financial requirements for obtaining a student visa is essential. However, planning your study experience also involves budgeting for additional costs beyond the minimum financial capacity requirements. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Tuition Fees: While the new financial capacity requirements account for base tuition costs, fees can vary depending on the chosen institution, program of study, and course level (e.g., undergraduate vs. postgraduate). Researching specific tuition fees for your desired program will help determine the exact financial investment.
  • Living Expenses: The cost of living can differ significantly depending on your chosen city or region. Australia's major cities tend to have higher accommodation, transportation, and general living expenses than regional areas. Consider factors like rent, groceries, utilities, and transportation costs when calculating your overall budget.
  • Student Accommodation: Accommodation options range from on-campus dorms to shared rentals or independent living arrangements. Researching different options and their associated costs will help you find suitable and affordable housing during your studies.
  • Health Insurance: Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) is mandatory for student visa holders. OSHC covers a range of medical and hospital services while you're studying in Australia. Factor in the cost of OSHC when planning your budget.
  • Additional Expenses: Consider budgeting for miscellaneous expenses such as textbooks, stationery, entertainment, travel within Australia, and potential visa renewal costs.


Exploring Scholarship Opportunities:

Fortunately, numerous scholarships are available to international students pursuing studies in Australia. These scholarships can significantly reduce your financial burden and make studying in Australia more accessible. Here are some resources to explore scholarship options:

  • Australian Government Scholarships: The Department of Education and Training offers various scholarships for international students, including the prestigious Australia Awards Scholarships.
  • University Scholarships: Many Australian universities offer scholarships specifically for international students. Research the scholarship opportunities available at your chosen university.
  • External Scholarships: Numerous organisations and foundations offer scholarships for international study in Australia. Explore scholarship opportunities offered by organisations relevant to your field of study or home country.

We're Here to Help!

If you have any questions or need guidance navigating the student visa application process, IME Advisors is here to assist you. Our team of migration experts can provide personalised advice and ensure your application meets all the necessary requirements. Contact us today to discuss your student visa goals and take the first step towards your Australian study adventure!