Commonwealth Supported Place

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) 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, an Australian permanent visa holder or a New Zealand citizen and meet all of the eligibility criteria and residency requirements.

Student contribution amount

The fees you pay are known as the student contribution amount (SCA) 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 2020 student contribution would be $9,527. 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).

The student contribution table below is a guide only as your fees will be calculated based on the courses (subjects) you enrol in.

2020 student contribution amounts

Contribution band / course (subject) discipline
Annual amount
(120 credit point)
Amount per
0.125 EFTSL
(15 credit point)
Band 1: Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $6,684 $835
Band 2: Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $9,527 $1,190
Band 3: Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $11,155 $1,394

* Students who commenced their program before 1 January 2010 will be charged for education and nursing courses at the student contribution amount of $5,254 per EFTSL in 2020.

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.

2020 subject (unit) information

A 15 credit point science course has a 0.125 EFTSL and is in Band 2: $9,527 x 0.125 = $1,190.88
The student contribution for the course will be $1,190 (rounded to the nearest dollar).