Tuition

Tuition Fees

New students are required to pay a ten percent non-refundable matriculation fee at the time of acceptance to secure their choice of an e-Introduction to Medicine (e-ITM) module enrolment date. The remainder of the ITM tuition must be paid at least 30 days before the term begins. Classes are filled on a first-paid, first-reserved basis, and classes are limited to 25 students per session. Tuition fees are listed below.

For Australian and New Zealand students:

Matriculation Fee First 10% of e-ITM module = $500
Preclinical Modules including e-ITM & 200-series 12 modules @ $5,000 per module
e-Foundation Sciences (only if applicable) 10 modules @ $2,500 per four-week module
Clinical Clerkships: 12-week modules 2 modules @ $7,500 per module*
Clinical Clerkships: 8-week modules 3 modules @ $5,000 per module*
Clinical Clerkships: 4-week modules 6 modules @ $2,500 per module*

*Does not include housing/personal expenses or on-site rotation fees.

Tuition fee rates quoted above are payable in the local currency of the student, i.e. Australian students pay in Australian dollars and New Zealand students pay in New Zealand dollars. Residents of all other countries will pay in US dollars.

As students entering OUM in July 2013 and beyond are required to take the 200-series e-Foundation Sciences blocks, a tuition credit of $5,000 is issued for the student’s first eight-week clinical clerkship, thus keeping the total tuition for the MD program at $100,000 unless the student chooses to take additional 100-series e-Foundation Sciences blocks.

All tuition fees for modules undertaken after e-ITM are due four weeks before the term begins, during Registration Week, which is four weeks before a term start date and the recommended time to make decisions about registering for the upcoming module, paying tuition, etc. Invoices are sent to each student via his/her OUM e-mail address four weeks prior to Registration Week, to allow time for questions, arrangements, etc. Students who have not made suitable arrangements by the end of Registration Week may not be able to take the next term and may be subject to late fees. Sufficient time is needed to assign students to appropriate modules, distribute curriculum materials, and provide access to information on OUM’s Learning Management System. Likewise, students need enough time to finalize their mentor visit schedules for the coming term.

OUM aims to keep its tuition fees at a constant level to allow students to budget accordingly. When students matriculate into the program, the current tuition rate remains in effect for the preclinical modules and for clinical rotations, as long as the student maintains full-time status and remains in good standing with the University (see below). The teaching hospitals may impose an additional clinical rotation hosting fee in addition to the tuition fee, typically between $0 and $500 per week.

The special $5,000-per-eight-week module rate is good for students completing the program within five years of matriculation. Those students requiring more time will pay the prevailing tuition rate at the time, i.e. a student matriculating in 2014 who has a few modules left in 2019 will pay the 2019 tuition rate.

Note: One 4 week rotation is required to be done in Samoa. All other rotations can be done locally. If the student can’t secure rotations locally, they may be done in Samoa, subject to availability.

Textbook Costs


As all of OUM’s textbooks are available on Elsevier’s Clinical Key, OUM has negotiated a special rate of $500 per student per year with Elsevier. Users of Clinical Key are given full-text access to more than 500 of Elsevier's journals, 900 books, and 9,000 medical and procedural videos.

This feature will ensure that OUM students have the latest edition of textbooks and they are available online at the student’s convenience. The textbook fee is payable annually in January. If the student enrolls mid-year, the fee for Clinical Key is $250 for the remainder of the year.

Good Standing


In order to maintain good standing in OUM, students must complete 24 weeks of instruction per academic year to remain in good standing. Additionally, the preclinical curriculum must be completed within four calendar years. During the clinical years, students are expected to successfully complete 24 weeks of clerkships during each academic year (and to complete the entire clinical program within three calendar years) to remain in good standing.  If a student fails to maintain good standing status, he or she will be required to retake previously completed modules at 50 percent tuition upon return to the program.

Tuition Payment


Tuition fees in Australian dollars may be paid by wire transfer through the ANZ Bank or by credit card. The transfer reference information must include the student's name and term number. Students are responsible for all fees related to funds transfers.

Students should contact the Bursar’s Office ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for the required bank details for a wire (telegraphic) transfer.  Students wishing to pay by credit card should fax the completed credit card authorization form to +1-888-670-8512.  A non-refundable 2.77 percent convenience fee is charged for all credit card payments. pdf Click here for Credit Card Authorization Form 76.78 Kb.

Online Invoice System


Once payment is processed by the Bursar’s Office, a confirmation e-mail is sent to the student's OUM e-mail address, and the student’s account is updated to reflect the payment.

Late Fees


A $25 late penalty, depending upon the currency in use for the student, and 1.5 percent monthly late charges will be assessed on unpaid balances after the due date. Students with unpaid bills will not be permitted to register for subsequent terms, receive module grades, diplomas, or transcripts.

Payment Plans


Payment plans are available to all OUM students, as long as the student is in good standing and has not abused the payment plan privilege in the past.

Option 1

OUM will accept payment on student accounts in installments as long as one-third of the balance is paid four weeks before classes begin, and the balance due is paid three weeks prior to the final course examination. The installment payment plan is:

  • Four weeks before the term begins: one-third of balance
  • Upon completion of one week of class: one-third of balance
  • Upon completion of four weeks of class: final one-third of balance

Option 2

Monthly payments may be made by wire transfer or credit card (American Express, MasterCard, or Visa). Students may spread tuition payments evenly over an entire 12-month period for the number of modules they plan to take during that time. Payments are due on the first of every month with the exception of the first payment, which is due upon signing the Monthly Payment Plan Agreement. For example, if a student plans to take three modules in a 12-month period, the fees would total AU$23,985. If monthly payments were arranged, the amount due would be AU$1,998.75.

Students participating in either option who default on payment will not receive their module grade and may not register for another module until the account is settled. In addition, the opportunity to continue on a payment plan may be subject to review by the Bursar’s Office.

Withdrawals


Any student wishing to withdraw from a term of study at OUM must contact student administration for the Dean’s approval ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it ). The withdrawal will be effective on the date written notice is received. If the withdrawal notice is delivered by hand, the student must request a receipt. If delivery is by mail, the letter must be mailed certified or registered, return receipt requested. If the request is faxed or e-mailed, the student must call the recipient to ensure that the communication was received and to request written confirmation by fax or e-mail.

In the event that circumstances change and the student wants to rescind the intent to withdraw, the student must provide timely written notice to the Student Administrative Officer stating his/her intentions.

If a student wishes to withdraw from a module within the first two weeks of the term, enrolment in that module will be dropped from the student’s record. If a student withdraws from a module between weeks 2 and 5, enrolment will be maintained in the student record, and the student will receive the letter W for withdrawal, instead of a grade. If a student withdraws from a module after the end of week 5, the student receives an F for the module. All grades will remain on the student’s transcript. Students should consult student administration for detailed information and to assure that the appropriate procedures are followed regarding withdrawals.

Tuition Refunds


Students who withdraw from a module may be eligible for a tuition refund (excluding non-refundable deposits and convenience fees), depending upon when their official notice is submitted. All refunds will be made within thirty days of the withdrawal date.

On or before commencement of classes
Within first week of classes
Within second week of classes
After the second week of classes
100 percent refund*
75 percent refund*
50 percent refund*
no refund

 * Please note that the 2.75 percent convenience fee for credit card payments will not be refunded. 

Leave of Absence


Personal or medical circumstances sometimes make it necessary for a student to apply for a leave of absence (LOA). An academic advisor is available to assist in making that difficult decision. The Bursar’s Office can also answer questions regarding refunds or applying tuition to a future term. The number of modules a student has completed and whether or not those were in preclinical or clinical modules determine the steps necessary to request a leave of absence. Students should consult the OUM catalogue, student handbook, or student administration to assure that the appropriate procedures are followed.

 
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