If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP), the Australian Government pays some of your fees and you pay the remaining portion, 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.

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.

New student contribution amounts from 1 January 2024

Funding Cluster Fields 2024 maximum student contribution amount (per EFTSL)
Funding cluster 1 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $16,323
Funding cluster 2 Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $4,445
Funding cluster 2 Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $8,948
Funding cluster 3 Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages $4,445
Funding cluster 3 Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science $8,948
Funding cluster 4 Agriculture $4,445
Funding cluster 4 Pathology $8,948
Funding cluster 4 Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $12,720

 

Student contribution amounts from 1 January 2023

Funding Cluster Fields 2023 maximum student contribution amount
(per EFTSL)
Funding Cluster 1 Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, society and culture $15,142
Funding Cluster 2 Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $4,124
Funding Cluster 2 Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $8,301
Funding Cluster 3 Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages $4,124
Funding Cluster 3 Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science $8,301
Funding Cluster 4 Agriculture $4,124
Funding Cluster 4 Pathology $8,301
Funding Cluster 4 Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $11,800

 

Continuing students who commenced before 1 January 2021

If you are a continuing student (who commenced before 1 January 2021) studying units in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, you will continue paying the same amount (indexed each year) as you would have. These 'grandfathered' students contributions for 2023 are shown below.

Grandfathered student contribution bands in 2024

Funding Cluster Part of funding cluster The 2024 maximum student
contribution amount in
respect of a grandfathered student
(per EFTSL)
Funding cluster 1 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics or Commerce $12,781
Funding cluster 1 Any other subpart of the Society and Culture part of the first funding cluster $7,659
Funding cluster 1 The Social Studies or Behavioural Science subpart of the Society and Culture part of the new first funding cluster $7,659
Funding cluster 1 Communications $7,659
Funding cluster 2 Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $4,445
Funding cluster 2 Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing $8,948
Funding cluster 2 Visual and Performing Arts $7,659
Funding cluster 2 Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $7,659
Funding cluster 3 Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages $4,445
Funding cluster 3 Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science $8,948
Funding cluster 4 Agriculture $4,445
Funding cluster 4 Pathology $8,948
Funding cluster 4 Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $12,720

 

Grandfathered student contribution bands in 2023

For a place in a unit of study included in this funding cluster The 2023 maximum student
contribution amount in
respect of a grandfathered student
(per EFTSL)
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics,
Commerce
$11,857
Communications, Society and Culture $7,105
Education, Postgraduate Clinical
Psychology, English,
Mathematics or Statistics
$4,124
Allied Health, Other Health,
Built Environment or
Computing
$8,301
Visual and Performing Arts,
Professional Pathway
Psychology or Professional
Pathway Social Work
$7,105
Nursing, Indigenous
Language or Foreign Languages
$4,124
Engineering, Surveying,
Environmental Studies or
Science
$8,301
Agriculture $4,124
Medicine, Dentistry or
Veterinary Science
$11,800
Pathology $8,301

 

For 2022 student contribution amounts, please refer to the 2022 Indexed Rates(Opens in a new tab/window) available on the Department of Education website.

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 amount for the unit in which 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). If you are a continuing Commonwealth supported student, you will also need to know whether the unit is in a grandfathered discipline.

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

(Student contribution amount) × (EFTSL value of unit) = the amount you have to pay

Note: eligible Commonwealth supported students can defer this payment with a HECS-HELP loan.