Commonwealth supported places

If you're a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student, the Australian Government pays part of your fees and you make up the remaining balance, which is known as the 'student contribution'.

Commonwealth supported places are available for most domestic undergraduate students, and students in select postgraduate courses.

To be eligible for a CSP, you must be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or hold a permanent visa.

You can choose to pay your student contribution upfront or defer your student contributions and pay later if you're eligible for the HECS-HELP loan system. If you are eligible for a HECs-HELP loan and make an upfront payment to the university of $500* or more prior to the census date on units of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2021, you’ll receive a 10 per cent discount, which will decrease your student debt.

The government reviews the CSP fees for university subjects every year. In 2021, there are two types of fee: one for those who are starting their studies in 2021 and one for those who began their studies in a previous year and are enrolled in subjects for 2021. Both types are listed in the 2021 tab below.

If you began your studies in a Commonwealth Supported Place in a previous year but are continuing in 2021, you are protected from any fee increases. If a subject you are enrolled in has a fee increase, you won't pay the new fee. Instead, you'll pay the fee from the previous year when you enrolled (this is called 'grandfathering'). The good news is that if you are enrolled in a subject that has a fee decrease, you will only pay the new, lower fee.

*Please note: subjects with a fee of $492 are eligible for the 10 per cent discount if you make the full upfront payment for these subjects (which is $442).
Please note: all student contribution fees below refer to 8-point subjects.

Calculate your student contribution in 2021

Start typing the subject name or subject code in the box below and select your subject from the resulting list.

Subject Code Band Subject 2021 Commencing Fee Continuing Fee

If you are a new starter (commencing student) in 2021, your commencing fees are here at the top. If you are a continuing Commonwealth Supported student in 2021, your continuing fees are at the bottom of this page.

Students commencing (starting) in 2021

Subject Discipline Per EFTSL (64 subject points) Per 8 point subject Per subject point
Band 7
Behavioural Science, Human Welfare Studies and Services and Postgraduate Clinical Psychology $14,496.00 $1,812.00 $226.50
Band 6
Visual & Performing Arts $7,936.00 $992.00 $124.00
Band 5
Society & Culture - Social Studies and any other subpart $14,496.00 $1,812.00 $226.50
Band 4
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications $14,496.00 $1,812.00 $226.50
Band 3
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $11,296.00 $1,412.00 $176.50
Band 2
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $7,936.00 $992.00 $124.00
Band 1
Education, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,936.00 $492.00 $61.50

There are some courses that have a different fee structure that could mean you pay even lower fees.

  • If you are either a commencing or continuing student in the Master of Clinical Psychology, you will only pay $492 for any Band 7 subjects you study.
  • If you are a commencing student in the Bachelor of Psychology or are commencing the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) in 2021 after completing a qualifying undergraduate course in 2020, you will only pay $992 for any Band 7 subjects. If you are a continuing student, you will only pay $848 for each Band 7 subject.
  • If you are a commencing student in the Bachelor of Social Work or the Master of Social Work (Professional Qualifying) or are commencing the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) in 2021 after completing a qualifying undergraduate course in 2020, you will only pay $992 for any Band 7 subjects. If you are a continuing student, you will only pay $848 for each Band 7 subject.

If you need any further information about these exceptions to the standard fee structure, please reach out to us via email.

Students continuing in 2021

The government reviews the CSP fees for university subjects every year. In 2021, there are new funding clusters and student contribution amounts. However, if you began your studies in a previous year but are continuing in 2021, you are protected from any fee increases. If a subject you are enrolled in has a fee increase, you won't pay the new fee. Instead, you'll pay the fee from the previous year when you enrolled (this is called 'grandfathering'), with existing rates indexed to the Consumer Price Index each year. If you are enrolled in a subject that has a fee decrease, you will only pay the new, lower fee.

Under these arrangements, students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2021 face increased student contribution amounts for a unit, will instead have their student contribution and Australian Government contribution amounts remain as they were under the previous arrangements (with existing rates being indexed by CPI each year).

If continuing students are enrolled in units that will see their student contribution amount lowered, their student contributions will be the lowered amount and the Australian Government contribution will be the new rate.

That is, there will be no 'mixing' of old and new rates for a unit.

Subject Discipline Per EFTSL (64 subject points) Per 8 point subject Per subject point
Band 7
Behavioural Science, Human Welfare Studies and Services and Postgraduate Clinical Psychology $6,784.00 $848.00 $106.00
Band 6
Visual & Performing Arts $6,784.00 $848.00 $106.00
Band 5
Society & Culture - Social Studies and any other subpart $6,784.00 $848.00 $106.00
Band 4
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications $11,328.00 $1,416.00 $177.00
Band 3
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $11,296.00 $1,412.00 $176.50
Band 2
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $7,936.00 $992.00 $124.00
Band 1
Education, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,936.00 $492.00 $61.50
  • Am I a commencing or continuing student?

    If the first time you’re studying for a course at Charles Sturt University is after 1 January 2021, you are a commencing student. Essentially, you are starting your study journey with us this year.

    If you were enrolled with Charles Sturt before 1 January 2021 and are continuing your course this year, you are a continuing student. You are also considered a continuing student if you completed the Charles Sturt Pathway in 2020 and have enrolled in a qualifying undergraduate course for study in 2021.

    If you have enrolled in a course at another university in a CSP prior to 2021 (and so are considered to be a continuing student by that institution) and have enrolled in a subject at Charles Sturt, as a Cross Institutional Student, for study in 2021 that will be credited in your degree, you are a continuing student.

  • I’m a continuing student and the fees for some of my subjects are lower for commencing students; what gives?

    The good news is that if you are a continuing student and are enrolled in any subjects that now has a lower fee for study in 2021, you will only have to pay the lower, commencing fee, regardless of when you commenced your course.

  • I’m a commencing student and the course I want to study is now more expensive. What should I do?

    If you’re an eligible domestic university student, you can still defer your upfront costs through a HECS-HELP loan. Charles Sturt University also offers a wide range of scholarships that can help with the cost of study. If you want to study at university, you are likely to do best when you study something you’re interested in. However, you do need to consider all the implications, including finances.

  • I would have commenced in 2020 but COVID-19 meant I deferred until 2021. Which fees will I pay?

    Anyone starting their course in 2021 is considered a commencing student and will pay the commencing fees. If you passed the census date of a unit of study in a CSP in 2020 or earlier, but did not complete the course before 31 December 2020, you will pay the previous rates as a continuing student.

  • I’m changing courses. Will I pay the commencing or continuing rates?

    Generally, if you did not complete the original course before 31 December 2020 and change to a different course in 2021, you will pay the commencing rates for your course. However, there are some exceptions depending on your courses. Please reach out via email for further information.

  • I’m doing my honours course in 2021; will I pay the commencing or continuing fees?

    If you completed your undergraduate course before 1 January 2021 and, on or after that day, start an honours course related to that undergraduate degree, you will pay the continuing fees.

  • I started my course previously but deferred and am coming back to it in 2021. Which fees will I pay?

    If you commenced a course of study as a Commonwealth supported student before 2021 but had not completed the course by the end of 2020, and you took a break from your studies by officially deferring, you are considered a continuing student and so will pay the continuing fees. However, if you did not pass a census date before 1 January 2021 you will be considered a commencing student and pay the commencing fees for 2021.

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