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Student contribution amounts

In a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), the Australian Government pays some of your fees and you pay the rest, this is called your 'student contribution amount'.

If you are enrolled in a CSP, you could get a HECS-HELP loan to cover your student contribution amount.


Job-ready Graduates Package

On 19 June 2020 the Australian Government announced the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package). Changes proposed in this package affect student contributions and provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia. The majority of these changes will commence on 1 January 2021, subject to the passage of legislation.

We encourage both current and new students who will be studying from 1 January 2021 to talk to their current or intended higher education provider to confirm how these changes may affect their individual circumstances. Further information can be found on the Job-ready Graduates Package page https://www.dese.gov.au/job-ready-graduates-package.

More information on the additional support for students in regional and remote areas, including the new Tertiary Access Payment and the guaranteed Commonwealth Supported places for Indigenous students can be found on the More opportunities for regional students page https://dese.gov.au/more-opportunities-regional-australia.


How much will I pay for my course?

Each unit of study is classified into a student contribution band, depending on the study area of the unit (this may be different from the study area of your course). The amount you pay for your unit of study is usually the maximum allowed by the Government for that band.

2020 Student contribution bands and ranges
Student contribution band 2020 Student contribution range
(per EFTSL)
Band 3: Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $0 - $11,155
Band 2: Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $0 - $9,527
Band 1: Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $0 – $6,684

You can estimate the student contribution amount you have to pay for each of your units of study.

You will need to know the student contribution band range for the unit you are enrolled, and the equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of your unit (this will likely be in your enrolment information or ask your provider if you don't know).

Your student contribution amount for a unit of study is estimated by:

     (Student contribution set by provider) x (EFTSL value of unit) = the amount you have to pay

For example:

     Henry has enrolled in History A01 as part of his Bachelor of Arts.

     History A01 is a Band 1 unit of study. The maximum rate for a Band 1 subject in 2020 is $6,684 (per EFTSL).

     The EFTSL value for History A01 is 0.125.

     The estimate of Henry's student contribution amount for History A01 = $6,684 x 0.125 = $835.50

*The above example refers to the 2020 student contribution amounts