Commonwealth supported places

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

The majority of Charles Sturt undergraduate students have enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place and have their study subsidised by the government.

Commonwealth supported places are offered to domestic undergraduate students, as well as a limited number of postgraduate students.

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

You can choose to can pay your student contribution upfront, or study first and pay later via the HECS-HELP loan system.

Student contribution fees for Commonwealth supported place students in 2018 and 2019 are detailed below.

Student contribution and fee information for students who have been offered a Commonwealth supported (CSP) place in 2020.

What is a CSP?

The majority of students undertaking undergraduate study at the University are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, and have their study subsidised by the Australian Government. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place.

The Government pays a contribution directly to the University for the fees and you, as the student, pay the remainder which is known as the 'student contribution'.  CSP's are offered to domestic undergraduate and some postgraduate students, but postgraduate places are limited.

If you receive a CSP you can choose to pay your fees as you go (pay upfront), or study first and pay later via the HECS-HELP loan system if you are eligible.

HECS-HELP

If you are offered a CSP you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP student loan program. The HECS-HELP loan allows you to pay your contribution over time. Repayments on HECS-HELP loans are managed through the Australian Taxation Office and won't begin until you reach the income threshold - the compulsory income repayment level starts at $55,874 (based on 2017-2018 financial year). The amount you repay each year is adjusted relative to the amount you earn.

To be eligible for HECS-HELP you must:

  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be an Australian citizen; or
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long-term residency requirements; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder;
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the Census date;
  • meet the relevant HECS-HELP residency requirements;
  • read the HECS-HELP and Commonwealth supported places information booklet; and
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to CSU by the Census date (or earlier administrative date).

For more information on Commonwealth supported places and HECS-HELP, visit the StudyAssist web site.

Your student contribution

Your student contribution will vary depending on your subject choice. Subjects are broken into 'bands' and are priced accordingly.

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Student contribution fees - for students studying in 2020

Subject discipline Per EFTSL (64 subject points) Per 8 point subject Per subject point
Band 3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration$11,136$1,392$174.00
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science$11,136$1,392$174.00
Band 2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health$9,504$1,188$148.50
Allied Health$9,504$1,188$148.50
Engineering, Science, Surveying$9,504$1,188$148.50
Agriculture$9,504$1,188$148.50
Band 1
Humanities$6,656$832$104.00
Behavioural Science (1), Social Studies$6,656$832$104.00
Education (3)$6,656$832$104.00
Clinical Psychology (2), Foreign Language, Visual Performing Arts$6,656$832$104.00
Nursing$6,656$832$104.00
Band 4*
* Education before Jan 2010$5,344$668$83.50
* Nursing before Jan 2010$5,344$668$83.50

Notes

  1. Excluding clinical psychology, which is in cluster 5.
  2. Clinical psychology units of study are postgraduate coursework psychology units of study (Field of Education code 090701) that contribute to courses that are accredited for the purposes of  professional registration by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists, the APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists, the APS College of Counselling Psychologists, the APS College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists, the APS College of Forensic Psychologists, the APS College of Health Psychologists, the APS College of Sport Psychologists and the APS College of Community Psychologists. Other units of study in psychology are in cluster 3.
  3. For students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2010, the maximum annual student contribution amount that may be charged for Education and Nursing units is $5,344. Students who started their course of study on or after 1 January 2010 are subject to the maximum student contribution amount specified in the above table.

How do I pay my contribution?

You may pay your student contribution upfront to CSU, or defer payment through the Australian taxation system. On enrolment, you must indicate your payment preference by completing the relevant form included in your offer pack.

Find out more about how to pay your student contribution

Student contribution and fee information for students who have been offered a Commonwealth supported (CSP) place in 2019.

What is a CSP?

The majority of students undertaking undergraduate study at the University are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, and have their study subsidised by the Australian Government. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place.

The Government pays a contribution directly to the University for the fees and you, as the student, pay the remainder which is known as the 'student contribution'.  CSP's are offered to domestic undergraduate and some postgraduate students, but postgraduate places are limited.

If you receive a CSP you can choose to pay your fees as you go (pay upfront), or study first and pay later via the HECS-HELP loan system if you are eligible.

HECS-HELP

If you are offered a CSP you may be eligible for the HECS-HELP student loan program. The HECS-HELP loan allows you to pay your contribution over time. Repayments on HECS-HELP loans are managed through the Australian Taxation Office and won't begin until you reach the income threshold - the compulsory income repayment level starts at $51,957 (based on 2018-2019 financial year). The amount you repay each year is adjusted relative to the amount you earn.

To be eligible for HECS-HELP you must:

  • be studying in a Commonwealth supported place
  • be an Australian citizen; or
  • be a New Zealand Special Category Visa (SCV) holder who meets the long-term residency requirements; or
  • be a permanent humanitarian visa holder;
  • be enrolled in each unit at your university by the Census date;
  • meet the relevant HECS-HELP residency requirements;
  • read the HECS-HELP and Commonwealth supported places information booklet; and
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to CSU by the Census date (or earlier administrative date).

For more information on Commonwealth supported places and HECS-HELP, visit the StudyAssist web site.

Your student contribution

Your student contribution will vary depending on your subject choice. Subjects are broken into 'bands' and are priced accordingly.

Look up my subject band [XLS]

Open calculator in a new window

Student contribution fees - for students studying in 2019

Subject discipline Per EFTSL (64 subject points) Per 8 point subject Per subject point
Band 3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration$10,944$1,368$171.00
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science$10,944$1,368$171.00
Band 2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health$9,344$1,168$146.00
Allied Health$9,344$1,168$146.00
Engineering, Science, Surveying$9,344$1,168$146.00
Agriculture$9,344$1,168$146.00
Band 1
Humanities$6,560$820$102.50
Behavioural Science, Social Studies$6,560$820$102.50
Education$6,560$820$102.50
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Language, Visual Performing Arts$6,560$820$102.50
Nursing$6,560$820$102.50
Band 4*
* Education before Jan 2010$5,248$656$82.00
* Nursing before Jan 2010$5,248$656$82.00

Notes:
* For pre-2010 Education and Nursing students, the maximum annual student contribution amount that may be charged for Education and Nursing units is $5,248 ($656.00 per 8 point subject). At Charles Sturt University this is identified as Band 4.

How do I pay my contribution?

You may pay your student contribution upfront to CSU, or defer payment through the Australian taxation system. On enrolment, you must indicate your payment preference by completing the relevant form included in your offer pack.

Find out more about how to pay your student contribution

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