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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

Minister for Education Dan Tehan announced the Job-ready Graduates Package (the package) of reforms to higher education on 19 June 2020.

Under the package, the Government’s funding of more than $18 billion in 2020 to fund Australia’s universities will grow to $20 billion by 2024. The package will create more 100,000 new university places by 2030 and will provide additional support for students in regional and remote Australia.

The changes will deliver more job-ready graduates in the disciplines and regions where they are needed most and help drive the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The package will ensure better university funding arrangements, a better integrated tertiary system, targeted investments in national priorities, improved transparency and accountability, and more opportunities for regional, remote and Indigenous students.

The Higher Education Support Amendment (Job-Ready Graduates and Supporting Regional and Remote Students) Bill 2020 was introduced into the House of Representatives on 26 August 2020 and passed the House of Representatives on 1 September 2020.

On 3 September 2020, the Senate referred this Bill to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee, with a reporting date of 25 September 2020. Information about this process is now available.

For more information, visit the Job-ready Graduates Package page.


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