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

Different study areas are grouped into one of three '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:

  • band that each unit fits into (as they are not always the same, such as when enrolling in electives);
  • weight of the unit (EFTSL); and
  • year (since the band amounts are indexed annually).

EFTSL stands for "Equivalent Full-Time Student Load" and is a measure of the study load for one year of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis. 1 EFTSL = 1 year of full-time study. A single unit normally has an EFTSL of 0.125.

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

Student contribution band 2020 student contribution (per EFTSL)
Band 1
humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing
Band 2
mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, allied health, other health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
Band 3
law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science

How to calculate your student contribution amount

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

EFTSL value x band range = your student contribution for that unit.

Example: For 2020, the unit BAO2202 – Financial Accounting has an EFTSL value of 0.125 and is classified in Band 3. This is the formula used: 0.125 x $11,155 = $1,394 (the amount is rounded down to the nearest dollar).

Check individual unit fees

These files include EFTSL and student contribution amounts:

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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Phone: +61 3 9919 6100
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