Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) are known as ‘Commonwealth supported students’.

If you're a Commonwealth supported student your fees are partly subsidised by the Australian Government. This means the Government pays a portion of your fees directly to VU and you don't have to repay this portion. You pay the remainder of the fees as a ‘student contribution’ amount.

In addition to your tuition fees, you will also be charged a Student Services & Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Eligibility for a CSP

To be eligible for a CSP you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or the holder of a permanent visa
  • meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements
  • enrol in each unit by the census date (some units may not be enrolled after the third week of commencement of the course, subject to College discretion)
  • read the relevant edition of the HECS-HELP, Commonwealth supported places information booklet
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form by the census date (or earlier administrative date)
  • finalise payment arrangements for your student contributions by the census date.

Postgraduate students: Please be aware that being eligible does not guarantee that you will be offered a CSP in your chosen course.

Find out more about CSP eligibility on the StudyAssist website.

Getting HELP with your fees

Eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) may be able to get help paying their student contribution through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), administered by the Government.

There are several different HELP loans available to assist you with the cost of your course.

Higher Education Commonwealth Support (HECS-HELP)

HECS-HELP is a loan scheme to help eligible CSP students pay for their student contribution amounts (SCA). You can choose to defer all or part of your tuition amount. The Government then pays the remaining outstanding SCA directly to Victoria University and a HECS-HELP debt is recorded with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

If you access a HECS-HELP loan, you will repay the loan through the tax system once you start earning above the minimum repayment threshold. Voluntary repayments can be made at any time directly to the ATO, regardless of income.

Read more about HECS-HELP on the StudyAssist website.

Student services & amenities (SA-HELP)

SA‑HELP is a loan scheme that assists eligible students to pay for all or part of their student services and amenities fee (SSAF). The SSAF covers student services and amenities of a non-academic nature.

Read more about SA-HELP on the StudyAssist website.

Overseas study (OS-HELP)

OS-HELP is a loan scheme to help eligible Commonwealth supported students who study overseas for a semester. It can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Students may receive one loan per six-month study period and can access a total of two OS‑HELP loans over their lifetime.

Read more about OS-HELP on the StudyAssist website.

Calculate your student contribution

The Australian Government has introduced the Job-Ready Graduates Package which will change the way it funds university courses from 2021.

These changes will apply to all course tuition fees from 1 January 2021 and will affect the amount you contribute to your tuition fee.

​These changes will also affect you if your tuition fee contribution if currently enrolled in a course and continuing your study in 2021.

New students

If you are commencing study in 2021 will pay the new fees outlined in Table 1, below.

Continuing students

The new tuition fees for continuing students are outlined in Table 2, below.

  • If the new tuition fee is lower than in 2020, you will pay the new, lower, fee.
  • If the student contribution fees have increased, you will continue to pay equivalent of the 2020 fee rates with CPI indexing applied each year. The 2020 fees are outlined in Table 3, below.

Table 1: 2021 Commencing student contribution fees for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Course funding band Commencing student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2021
Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,950
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $7,950
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $11,300
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $14,500

Table 2: 2021 Continuing student contribution fees for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Course funding band Continuing student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2021
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Foreign Languages, Agriculture $3,950
Society and Culture, Communications, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work $6,804
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $7,950
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $11,300
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce $11,355

If the new tuition fee is lower than in 2020, you will pay the new, lower, fee.

However, if the student contribution fees have increased, you will continue to pay equivalent of the 2020 fee rates with CPI indexing applied each year. The 2020 fees are outlined in table 3, below.

The following table shows the 2020 student contribution bands and amounts.

For continuing students, if the new tuition fee (above) is lower than in 2020, you will pay the new, lower, fee.

Course Funding Band

2020 student contribution (per EFTSL)

Band 1
Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Education, Clinical Psychology, Foreign languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing

$6,684

Band 2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Allied Health, other Health, Science, Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture

$9,527

Band 3
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science

$11,155

 

How to calculate the cost of your study

Different study areas are grouped into 'bands' by the Government. The bands set the maximum amount that can be charged for units on a full-time study load.

When calculating your student contribution, the amount you pay will depend on the following:

  • course funding band that each unit fits into
  • your study load per year.

Your student contribution amount for a unit of study is calculated as:

Study load x Course funding band = your student contribution for that unit.

Study load:

  • Study load is measured in EFTSL, which stands for 'Equivalent Full-Time Student Load'.
  • One year of full time study = 1 EFTSL.
  • Full time study is normally divided into 8 units per year, therefore 1 unit = 1/8, or 0.125 EFTSL.

Example:
For a commencing student in 2021, the unit Financial Accounting (BAO2202):
- has an EFTSL (study load) value of 0.125
- is classified under the Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture course funding band in table 1 ($14,500)
Formula: Study Load (0.125) x course funding band ($14,500) = Unit cost ($1812)

 

Further assistance & advice

There are many ways we can help if you need support paying your fees, including with a fee extension, student loan or scholarship.

We also provide free and confidential advice if you experience personal, financial or study-related difficulties.

Contact us

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