The Bridge is a richly transforming, highly cost effective, Christian gap year. We aim to make costs as low as possible for you. We encourage you to save as much as you can too and perhaps even fundraise for your trip to South East Asia.

Costs include tuition,the mid-year mission trip (airfares,accommodation and standard travel insurance) and most activities irrespective of whichever Bridge level you study. However, for the mission trip, you will need to supply your own passport/cost of passport/vaccinations,spending money, etc. Other extra costs to consider are accommodation in/near Sydney, getting to and from the campus, transport to voluntary off-campus activities, text books and stationery. We recommend you contact us regarding what is and isn't included in the cost of doing The Bridge. Please also refer to the Government Study Assist website for full FEE-HELP details.

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At all times, irrespective of when you apply, our aim is to keep costs as low as possible.

Here are our 2021 costs:

$5,600 using FEE-HELP for the Diploma of Theology with The Bridge Certificate. See details about FEE-HELP below.

$20,580 for the Diploma of Theology (84 credit points/7 units) with the SMBC Bridge Certificate (not using FEE-HELP). The additional unit (12 credit points) to complete the Diploma of Theology (not using FEE-HELP) - $2,140

$14,500 for The Bridge Certificate in Bible and Missions Studies

$12,700 for The Bridge Certificate (Audit)

Please speak with us if you may require some financial assistance to join the Bridge.

*If you're an overseas student applying for the Diploma of Theology, please note that your costs are different to those listed above. Please contact us for further details.


FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists students to pay their tuition fee and is available to all Australian citizens. It is available to students who are enrolled in the Diploma of Theology, and who intend to complete it. There is a loan fee of 20 percent applied to FEE-HELP loans for undergraduate courses. For more information visit the Study Assist website.

If you are enrolled in the Diploma, you may be eligible for Youth Allowance and can apply at Centrelink. Youth allowance is income and assets tested. For further details contact Centrelink on 132 490 or Youth Allowance.

Note: If you are enrolled in the Diploma of Christian Studies you are entitled to a concession card. For more information, please visit NSW Transport/Opal.

Here's some important related policies:
The Bridge 2021 Payment Policy
The Bridge 2021 Changing Enrolment/Withdrawal Policy