Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

A Commonwealth Supported Place is a higher education place available to eligible domestic students which is subsidised by the Australian Government. All undergraduate and honours degrees and some postgraduate programs have CSPs available. To be eligible for a CSP you must be:

  • an Australian citizen AND will undertake, in Australia, at least one course (unit) of study contributing to your program (course) of study, or
  • an Australian permanent visa holder^ AND will be resident in Australia for the duration of your course (unit) of study, or
  • a New Zealand citizen^ AND will be resident in Australia for the duration of your course (unit) of study.

Student Contribution Amount (SCA)

The fees you pay are known as the student contribution amount and are set by the government on an annual basis. Student contribution is determined by the discipline area (band) of your individual enrolled courses (subjects), not your overall program.

You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan which assists CSP students to defer payment of all or part of their student contribution.

You can estimate your annual fee by assuming that all courses in your program will be from the same band and use the maximum student contribution for that band. For example, if you're enrolled in a Science degree your approximate 2018 student contribution would be $9,353 (subject to the passage of legislation). Maximum annual student contribution is based on an equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) or 120 credit points (i.e. 8 courses x 15 credit points).

2018 maximum student contribution amounts (per EFTSL)*

*subject to the passage of legislation
Contribution band / course (subject) discipline
Maximum annual student contribution*
Student contribution
15 credit points
Band 1: Behavioural science, clinical psychology, education*, foreign languages, humanities, nursing*, social studies, visual and performing arts $6,561 $820
Band 2: Agriculture, allied health, built environment, computing, engineering, mathematics, other health, science, statistics, surveying $9,353 $1,169
Band 3: Accounting, administration, commerce, dentistry, economics, law, medicine, veterinary science $10,951 $1,368

2017 maximum student contribution amounts (per EFTSL)

Contribution band / course (subject) discipline
Maximum annual student contribution
Student contribution
15 credit points
Band 1: Behavioural science, clinical psychology, education*, foreign languages, humanities, nursing*, social studies, visual and performing arts $6,349 $793
Band 2: Agriculture, allied health, built environment, computing, engineering, mathematics, other health, science, statistics, surveying $9,050 $1,131
Band 3: Accounting, administration, commerce, dentistry, economics, law, medicine, veterinary science $10,596 $1,324

* Students who commenced their program before 1 January 2010 will be charged for education and nursing courses at the student contribution amount of $5,081 per EFTSL in 2017.

Calculating your student contribution

To calculate your exact annual student contribution for a program you will need to know each of the courses (subjects) you will be enrolling in as well as the band and weight (EFTSL) of each course.

The exact student contribution for a course (subject) is calculated by multiplying the course EFTSL value by the maximum student contribution for the course's allocated band.

Example
A 15 credit point science course has a 0.125 EFTSL and is in Band 2: $9,050 x 0.125 = $1,131
The 2017 student contribution for the course will be $1,131 (rounded to the nearest dollar).

Higher Education reforms - proposed changes for Australian Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens

^ The Australian Government recently announced proposed changes which will affect who can be offered a Commonwealth supported place. The reforms are subject to the passage of legislation.

From 1 January 2018, it is proposed that all Australian Permanent Residents and some New Zealand citizens will no longer be eligible for a CSP. These students will be charged tuition fees at the full fee paying rate. To assist in covering the cost of their tuition fees, the government will allow these students to access FEE-HELP to defer their fees.

New Zealand citizens on a special category visa who meet the long term residency requirements will not be affected by these changes.

Students who have deferred studies to commence in 2018 or who transfer their program enrolment after 31 December 2017 will be impacted by these changes.

General information from the Australian Government is available on Study Assist's Higher Education Reform Package Student Overview. For detailed information on how the proposed measures may affect you is available in the Higher Education Reform Student FAQS