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Policy: Official sponsorships


To provide for official sponsorship of students at the University.


This policy sets out the requirements for students and sponsors who are registered with the University as officially sponsored students and official sponsors. Where students are registered as officially sponsored, the sponsor assumes the liability for the student’s tuition fees and/or other charges (such as Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and the Student Amenities Fee (SA FEE)), and makes payment directly to the University. Invoices for tuition fees and other charges are emailed directly to the registered sponsor.


This policy applies to all students and registered external sponsors.

Policy Statement


  1. Registration of an official sponsorship is available to students who:
  1. Are being officially sponsored by an eligible organisation for their tuition fees (Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF), International Student Fees (ISF), or HECS Student Contribution), SA FEE and/or OSHC charges; and
  2. Submit the completed and signed official Notification of External Sponsorship form to the Enrolments and Fees office prior to the commencement of their program.
  1. Sponsored students remain ultimately responsible for the payment of all fees and charges, including those covered by a sponsorship arrangement. Failure to pay can result in penalties and withdrawal of services under the ANU Fees Rule.


  1. Organisations are eligible to sponsor some or all of the tuition fees, SA FEE and/or OSHC for a student enrolled in a program at ANU.
  2. Organisations eligible to provide sponsorship to students include universities, employers (where they are organisations rather than individuals), not-for-profit organisations (such as charities) and government agencies.
  3. The Enrolments and Fees conducts due diligence checks for new sponsorships and reserves the right to not accept a sponsor for billing purposes.
  4. Official sponsorships are for a set period of time (such as one semester, one year, a student’s whole program), or for a set dollar amount or percentage of a student’s tuition fees and/or charges.
  5. Invoices are sent directly to the sponsor after the census date of each semester and session.
  6. Sponsored students are responsible for ensuring that all fees are paid on time.

Privacy and confidentiality

  1. Student enrolment details, results or personal information is not released to the official sponsor unless the student provides the University with a signed Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information form. The Consent to the Disclosure of Personal Information form can be downloaded here.


  1. Sponsorships are not accepted from organisations on which sanctions have been placed by either the United Nations Security Council through UN Security Council Sanctions, or the Australian Government through Australian autonomous sanctions. More information regarding sanctions can be obtained from the DFAT webpage.


Printable version (PDF)
Title Official sponsorships
Document Type Policy
Document Number ANUP_000433
Purpose To provide for official sponsorship of students at the Australian National University.
Audience Staff, Students, Prospective Students
Category Academic
Topic/ SubTopic Students
Effective Date 9 Nov 2020
Next Review Date 8 Nov 2025
Responsible Officer: Registrar, Student Administration
Approved By: Academic Board
Contact Area Division of Student Administration and Academic Services
Delegations 0

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