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Hillsong College Undergraduate Tuition And Fees

Last Updated on January 29, 2023 by Omoyeni Adeniyi

We know that the expense of attending college is a real concern for many people. It is true that tuition and fees at Hillsong College are higher than many other colleges, but not all colleges.

When evaluating the cost of school, it’s important to make an apples-to-apples comparison, because costs vary based on location, type of institution, and academic program. For instance, Hillsong College isn’t a traditional four-year university; we are a training program within Hillsong Church, with campuses in Sydney and Phoenix in the US. Our students complete their degrees or certificates in one or two years rather than four years.

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Hillsong College’s costs are also higher because we have academic programs that are unique to our school. For example, we have an entire academic department devoted to worship arts. And our students aren’t just expected to study from textbooks—they get hands on experience every day working with professional staff to put together worship services for thousands of people.

This kind of learning experience isn’t available at most schools, and it’s why so many Hillsong College graduates go on to pursue successful creative careers in music and media industries around the world!

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Tuition Fees

We understand that coming to Hillsong College is a big financial commitment, but don’t let the cost of study deter you. There are many creative ways to raise funds for Hillsong College, and our student body is full of testimonies of God’s provision.

Whether it’s an extra job on top of regular work or asking your church community to help with fundraising, there are various ways you can gain the financial support you need to make your vision become a reality.

We recommend speaking with our Financial Aid Department to see what options are available to you before enrolling in any course.

While our team is always praying for you, here are some fees to keep in mind as you plan: Vocational Undergraduate Postgraduate USA


Certificate IV, Diploma & Adv. Diploma

Initial Fees:

To calculate initial fees, add up the following:

Application Fee + 1st Semester Fees + Overseas Health Care**

On average, initial fees are approx. $4,400 AUD*

*rate dependent on the stream of choice and years of OSHC and corresponding duration of the program

**International Students Only

Be sure to budget Visa Costs, Flights to Australia, Semester 2 Fees, and General Cost of living (Accommodation, Bills, Food & Transport etc..).

In total, we recommend that you budget around $10,000AUD for your first year of study at Hillsong College.

Financial Assistance & Fee Help

Financial Assistance and FEE Help is only available for domestic students from Australia.

Financial Assistance

Currently, our Certificate IV in Ministry program is the only vocational program eligible for Financial Assistance.

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We understand that coming to Hillsong College is a big financial commitment, but don’t let the cost of study deter you. There are many creative ways to raise funds for Hillsong College, and our student body is full of testimonies of God’s provision. While our team is always praying for you, here are some fees to keep in mind as you plan:


The cost of tuition for a semester of study at Hillsong College is $7,618. This amount does not include additional fees for books and supplies or personal expenses. Please note that this amount is only an estimate and costs are subject to change without notice.



-Technology Fee

-Course Materials (Excluding textbooks)

-Student Accident Insurance (Australia Only)

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Fees Breakdown:

Domestic Student Fees 2020: AU$1775.00 per 10cp Theology/Ministry subjects

International Student Fees 2020: AU$1975.00 per 10cp Theology/Ministry subjects

Other Expenses: 

Going to Hillsong College and living in Australia often means paying for a range of things including study materials, accomodation, and public transport. 

You will need to prove your financial plan to the admissions department in your application process.

If you are unsure about anything – or if you need more information to help you with your decision, please contact us. Our team is standing by on live chat, or you can email us at [email protected]

Hillsong College

Hillsong Church, commonly known as Hillsong, is a global charismatic Christian megachurch based in Australia.

The original church was established in 1983 as Hills Christian Life Centre, in Baulkham HillsNew South Wales, by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie. Until separating from the Christian Life Centre (CLC) denomination in 2018, Hillsong was a member of the Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God). Hillsong is known for its contemporary worship music, with groups such as Hillsong WorshipHillsong United and Hillsong Young & Free with many musical credits and hits to their names.

The church and its music have been highly successful globally, with its presence described as a global corporate brand, but a series of scandals and criticisms have dented its image in recent years. In March 2022, Houston stepped down as global senior pastor after an internal investigation found that Houston had breached the church’s moral code of conduct for pastors by engaging in inappropriate behaviour with women on two occasions in the 2010s. Phil and Lucinda Dooley, who had been acting in the position since January 2022, took over the position as senior global pastor.


Early Hills Christian Life Centre logo

Beginnings: 1977–1999

In 1977, seven years before the establishment of the Hills Christian Life Centre (CLC) in Baulkham Hills by Brian and Bobbie Houston, Brian’s father Frank founded the Sydney Christian Life Centre in the inner-city Sydney suburb of Waterloo, described by scholar Sam Hey as “a neo-Pentecostal megachurch”,[1] in 1977.

Brian and Bobbie Houston started holding services at the Baulkham Hills Public School hall,[3] and founded Hills CLC as an AOG church.[4]

The first Hillsong conference was held in 1986, with 150 attendees.[3]

In 1992 London Christian Life Centre was planted from Hillsong Church as an independent church, with Gerard and Sue Keehan as pastors. It was renamed Hillsong London in 2000, and over time grew to 12 locations across the UK.[5] Kiev Christian Life Centre, now Hillsong Kiev, was also planted in 1992.[citation needed]

In 1997, the church moved into its new building at Baulkham Hills’ Norwest Business Park.[6]

Hills CLC’s growth through the 1980s and 1990s into a megachurch was largely driven by young people attracted by its music.[7][8]

Frank Houston’s Waterloo church merged with the Hills CLC in May 1999,[4][3] after he had been exposed as a paedophile.[9] Brian Houston became senior pastor of both churches for 18 months.[4]

21st century[edit]

The multi-campus church was renamed Hillsong Church in 2001.[4] A new convention centre at the church’s “Hills” location was opened on 19 October 2002 by John Howard, then Prime Minister of Australia.[6]

In March 2007, Hillsong Kiev planted an offshoot church in Moscow, Russia, called Hillsong Moscow, which started regular services in July 2007.[10] It was announced in October 2007 that Phil and Lucinda Dooley would plant a Hillsong Church in South Africa in March 2008. Hillsong Stockholm, Sweden, formerly known as Passion Church, was planted in 2008–2009.[11][12]

In 2010, Hillsong branched out into the United States, and by early 2022 had established itself in 16 locations. It also acquired a lot of property, many of them in Arizona.[13]

In 2017, Hillsong announced it would be opening a church in Tel Aviv, Israel.[14] Hillsong United featured Daher Nassar, a Palestinian Christian, in their music video Prince of Peace. The video was recorded live in Israel and shows a stone at the entrance of Nassar’s farm, which has the words “We refuse to be enemies” written on it.[15]

In 2018, it was announced that Hillsong would be expanding into Canada and Mexico, with the launch of Hillsong Toronto on 23 September,[16] and Hillsong Monterrey later that year.[17]

In September 2018, Hillsong left the Australian Christian Churches (of which Houston had been national superintendent/president from 1997 to 2009) to become an autonomous denomination, identifying itself more as a global and charismatic church.[18] According to both Hillsong and ACC, the parting was amicable.[19] Houston wrote on the website in October “We do not intend to function as a denomination in the traditional sense of the word… We are a denomination purely for practical reasons related to having the ability to ordain our pastors in Australia to legally conduct weddings as marriage celebrants operating under the rites of Hillsong Church”. He wrote also that they had not shifted doctrinally, and that the ACC was still their “tribe”.[20]

In October 2020, they purchased the Festival Hall venue in Melbourne to become the home of Hillsong Church Melbourne City’s weekly church services after undergoing renovations to better suit the new uses.[21][22]

In October 2021, Hillsong bought the Golders Green Hippodrome in London, England, with the intention of holding Sunday services there.[23]

Brian Houston stepped aside from his senior roles as global senior pastor and chair of the board in January 2022, owing to the pressures of a court case relating to his alleged failure to report sexual abuse of a child by his father, of which he became aware in the 1990s.[24][25] In March 2022, he stepped down as the global senior pastor of the church after he was found to have breached the moral code of the church in his behaviour with two women.[26][27]

In August 2022, Hillsong was sued by an Australian whistleblower in federal court there, alleging that the megachurch had moved millions of dollars overseas to avoid the charities regulator, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).[28] The whistleblower alleged that Hillsong made “large cash gifts” to Houston and his family using tax-free money.

Reach and branding


In 2018, it had 80 churches. [29]

According to a census of the denomination, it would have in 2022, 38 churches in Australia and 150,000 members in 30 countries,[30] up from 130,000 in 21 countries in May 2019[31] and 100,000 in 14 countries in September 2015.[32]

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the church started measuring online attendees instead of regular attendees, which they stated average 444,000 per weekend.[33]


Hillsong has been described as a “global corporate brand“,[34] and “Australia’s most powerful brand”,[35] with its fast global growth assisted by the spectacle of its huge conferences, the popularity of its music releases, young people’s attraction to the charismatic leaders,[34] Hillsong Television, its messaging and language (“health and wealth”), customer service, targeting of children, presence on social media, and merchandising.[35]


The church is governed by the Hillsong Global Board and a group of elders known as the Hillsong Eldership,[36] headed by Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley, since 2022. [37] The elders lead the church spiritually whereas the board of directors manages the corporate administration appointed for one year, with renewable terms.[38]

The founders, Brian and Bobbie Houston, have been the global senior pastors of Hillsong Church.[39] On 31 January 2022 it was announced that Phil and Lucinda Dooley, pastors of the South African church, would be acting global senior pastors in Houston’s absence until the end of 2022, after Brian Houston stepped down owing to the pressures of a court case relating to his alleged failure to report sexual abuse by his father.

Brian Houston was also chairman of the board, until his resignation from this position in January 2022.[40] As of February 2022 the replacement chairperson has yet to be announced. George Aghajanian is General Manager, as well as a director of Hillsong Church Australia and its international entities.[41]

In March 2022, Brian Houston resigned from the board of Hillsong Church and from his role as global senior pastor as a result of breaching the moral code of the church in his behaviour with two women.[25]

Locations and ministries[edit]

Hillsong has a global presence, with churches and ministries in Australia, Indonesia and Japan, many European countries, Canada, the US, and in Latin America, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa and Uruguay as of February 2022.[42]

Hillsong’s various ministries include Hillsong Music, Hillsong Kids, Hillsong Youth, Hillsong Sisterhood, Hillsong Men, Hillsong Conference, Hillsong CityCare, Hillsong International Leadership College,[43] TBN Inspire (branded as Hillsong Channel from June 2016[44][45][46] to 31 December 2021[47]), TV & Film, Hillsong Performing Arts Academy and Hillsong Health Centre. Their total facilities are estimated to be worth around A$100 million.[43]

Hillsong College

Two campuses of the Hillsong International Leadership College arose from the two churches that are now Hillsong Church, the Sydney Christian Life Centre and Hills Christian Life Centre. Both original colleges had similar goals of creating courses in ministry and leadership development based in a local church setting. With an emphasis on the creative arts, theological education was based on the ministry model.

The Sydney college was originally founded in 1983 by David Johnston and located at Arncliffe as the “International Institute for Creative Ministries” (IICM), but in 1989 Johnston parted ways with IICM, bringing the college under the auspices of Wesley Mission. That college moved to the Wesley Centre in Pitt Street, Sydney, and after a few name changes became Wesley Institute (now Excelsia College).[49]

In 1988 Hills Christian Life Centre developed a training arm of IICM, under Ian Fuller. It was first known as Power Ministry School, then in 1992 Power Ministry College, under Steve Kelly. In 1993 the Hillsong School and a School of Music was established to train young musicians. In 1996, after Mark Hopkins took over as director, the Hillsong School and the School of Music were merged to form the Hills Leadership College.

In 1990 Robert Fergusson became principal at the Sydney location and switched the focus to practical ministry training. Classes, at this time accommodating around 50-70 students, were moved back to the church site and the name changed to Aquila College of Ministries in 1993. After Hills CLC merged with Sydney CLC (referred to as its “parent church”) in 1999, in early 2000 the Sydney college merged with the Hills Leadership College to become Hillsong International Leadership College, with Duncan Corby appointed principal of its “City campus”. It was approved as a Registered Training Organisation in December 2002, and by 2007 there were around 900 full-time students enrolled across the two campuses, the majority from overseas.[48]

In February 2016, Duncan Corby was dean of the college, while Catrina Henderson was principal. and it was still trading as Hillsong International Leadership College.[50] In late 2016 it shortened its name to simply Hillsong College,[51] and as of 2022 has campuses in Sydney and Phoenix, Arizona, and has an online curriculum.[52] The official trading name of the city campus is Sydney Christian Life Centre Pty Ltd, and one of its tax-deductible charitable funds is called the International Institute for Creative Ministries Library Trust Fund.[53]

Hillsong Sisterhood[edit]

Bobbie Houston has been especially influential in Hillsong’s ministry for women, called Sisterhood. She is a mentor to many of Hillsong’s women leaders. Although Hillsong generally supports the traditional roles of wife and mother for women, the church’s position is that their ministries “empower” women. Riches found via interviews with attendees that the ministries increased women’s choice regarding around sexuality and child rearing; encouraged women to start small businesses and to take on promotions at work; facilitated women’s participation in cultural events, as well as promoted women’s voices in religious teaching and public life.[54] Church members have described Hillsong’s leadership development as a process that supports women’s movement from timid, supportive wife into leadership roles within the church. The Sisterhood is involved in issues like HIV/AIDSdomestic violence and human trafficking. Their midweek gathering is primarily for women. It is attended by all female staff members and is the foundation of Hillsong’s women’s ministries. The Thursday meeting for mothers includes businesswomen, and special quarterly “Sisterhood United” night meetings include working women. Members of the church say that her authority as a leader comes from “a Pentecostal understanding of Spirit empowerment”.[3]


Hillsong has multiple campuses around Australia. As of February 2022 in New South Wales it has Baulkham Hills, two Sydney city campuses (one the location of the original Sydney CLC), several around various suburbs, and one each in Newcastle and Wollongong.[55][56] There are also one or two churches in major cities in all of the other states except for South Australia and Northern Territory.[57] It also has churches in 30 countries across the world, and As of February 2022 reports 150,000 regular attendees globally.[30]

Avalon Theatre[edit]

Hillsong purchased the heritage-listed Avalon Theatre in Hobart, Tasmania for $2.55 million in 2020.[58] The theatre underwent renovations in 2022.[59]

Hillsong CityCare[edit]

In 1986 a social engagement program called CityCare was established in New South Wales, offering various community services including personal development programs, counselling services, a health centre and youth mentoring. CityCare’s “street teams” worked within the community to care for, feed and clothe the homeless.[3]

In July 2008, concerns were raised by some teachers, parents, and experts about the Hillsong City Care Shine program for girls being run in New South Wales public schools, community groups and the juvenile justice system. The concerns include that the program is “inappropriate for troubled young women, that the under-qualified facilitators are reinforcing gender stereotypes and that some parents have not been properly informed” and that “the program encourages girls to be subservient by teaching them that they need to be attractive to men”.[60] Hillsong claimed that parents were supportive and that the program broke down barriers in a group situation.[61] In a further response, Hillsong denied that the program had been used for evangelism,[62] but a teacher’s federation representative insisted that children had been exposed to religious content, such as people relating stories about finding religion and joining the Hillsong Church.

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