Commonwealth supported places

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is where the government pays part of your subject fees. This part payment is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don't have to pay it back.

This subsidy does not cover the entire cost of your subject fees. The remaining portion is called the 'student contribution', and you are responsible for paying this.

A CSP is the subsidy paid by the Government, and HECS-HELP is a loan you can get to pay your student contribution amount.

If you are not eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, you will need to organise to pay this amount upfront. The student contribution amount must be paid by the census date.

If you have received a CSP you must complete a HECS-HELP eCAF by the census date of your first session of study, even if you are paying upfront or have received a scholarship or fee waiver. See Understand the eCAF process for more information. If you do not submit your HECS-HELP eCAF, Charles Sturt is required to cancel your enrolment in your CSP. See Financial cancellations and reinstatement for more information.

The eligibility for a CSP and HECS-HELP are not the same.

What to expect

The Commonwealth Government has introduced new measures to protect higher education students from accruing excessive amounts of debt. These measures affect who can access Commonwealth financial assistance such as HECS-HELP. Once accepted onto a course, you need to maintain your academic suitability throughout your studies. This includes meeting prerequisite requirements and enrolling on time each session.

You can also only enrol in two equivalent full-time study loads (EFTSL) per year, across all providers. So if you are already enrolled in a course full-time at Charles Sturt or another university, you can only enroll in the equivalent of one full-time load in your second course of study. Anything over that, you can't access Commonwealth financial assistance for.

You will also need to maintain a reasonable completion rate of the units in your course. If you do not meet these requirements you won't be able to continue to access Commonwealth financial assistance and will need to pay the full fees for your course. If you have any questions about financing your studies, please reach out to our university advisers.

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