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
  • provide your Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • 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.

Student contribution bands & amounts

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

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

These changes apply to all course tuition fees from 1 January 2021, affecting the contribution amount students are required to pay towards their course.

New students

New commencing students will pay the following student contribution amounts (per EFTSL) in 2021:

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

Continuing students

Continuing students will pay the following student contribution amounts (per EFTSL) in 2021:

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 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

 

Calculate your course tuition fees

Use the 2021 Unit of Study fees schedule to help you calculate the cost of your course in 2021 (by adding together the contribution amount listed for each of your enrolled units).

Alternatively, view indicative course tuition fees for 2021 for our undergraduate & postgraduate courses or for our  higher education short courses (amounts may vary depending on which units you enrol into).

As part of the Job-Ready Graduate package, 2021 CSP commencing students studying an approved course listed in Table 1, which leads to professional registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia or accreditation by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW), will need to refer to the 2021 CSP Commencing Student Rates - Psychology or Social Work Professional Pathway Course Unit Rate in the 2021 Unit of Study fees schedule.

Course Code Course TITLE
ABCY Bachelor of Criminal Justice and Psychological Studies
LHWP Bachelor of Laws (Honours)/ Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
LBWP Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Psychological Educations
ABPA Bachelor of Psychological Studies
AHPA Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours)
ABPB Bachelor of Psychological Studies/Bachelor of Business
ABPC Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
SBHP Bachelor of Sport Science (Human Movement)/Bachelor of Psychological Studies
ABSW Bachelor of Social Work
AMPE Master of Counselling
ABYW Bachelor of Youth Work
EBYS Bachelor of Youth Work/Bachelor of Sport Management
LBCP Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of Psychological Studies

 

2021 Postgraduate CSP commencing or continuing students studying an approved course listed in Table 2, that leads to professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and which leads to Endorsed Areas of Practice in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology and Community Psychology, will need to refer to either the 2021 CSP Commencing Student Rates or 2021 CSP Containing Postgraduate Clinical Psychology Pathway Course Unit rate in the 2021 Unit of Study fees schedule.

COURSE code Course title
AMAC Master of Applied Psychology (Community Psychology)
AMAL Master of Applied Psychology (Clinical Psychology)
HMPP Master of Professional Psychology

How student contribution is calculated

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

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

Your student contribution amount for a unit of study is calculated as: Study load x Course funding band.

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 (12 credit points).

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)

2021 Indicative course fees

Check the yearly cost of your tuition (domestic undergraduate & postgraduate students):

Please note: fees are indicative only, and may vary depending on which units you enrol into.

Individual unit fees

Use the 2021 Unit of Study fees schedule to calculate the cost of your studies in 2021.

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.

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

Ask questions & find answers through Ask VU.

Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
Visit: VUHQ (Student Service Centre)