Student contributions

How much do I contribute?

The cost of your education as a Commonwealth Supported Student is subsidised by the Australian Government. The Government pays part of the cost of your education directly to the univserities and you, as a student, pay the Student Contribution.

Student Contribution amounts can be calculated per course, which is the equivalent to a 'Unit of Study' in Government publications. Courses or units of study are grouped into Bands by their field of education. Each band is set with a different Student Contribution amount up to a maximum set by the Australian Government. Not all courses in a given program are necessarily in the same band.

 Your student contribution will be calculated on the band of the course and also on the load of the course (the equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL) value of the course).

The formula for calculating your contribution amount for this course is:

EFSTL1 value for the course x band amount

As an example:

LANG 1022 has an EFTSL1 value of 0.1252 and is a Band 1 course with a Band amount in 2018 of $6,561.

Therefore the Student Contribution Amount you will be required to pay for this course is equal to 0.125 X $6,561 or $820.003.

The band and EFTSL information for each course is available to you on the course information page under Fees.

The student contribution amounts for 2018 are:

Band Field of Education 1 EFTSL 0.125 EFTSL
1   Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, clinical psychology, nursing4 and education4 $6,561 $820
2 Computing, built environment, health, engineering, surveying, agriculture Mathematics, statistics, science $9,353 $1,169
3 Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $10,951  $1,368

(please note the student contributions outlined above for 2018 are subject to the passage of legislation)

 

As per the Australian Government guidelines, the student contribution amounts for 2017 are:

Band Field of Education 1 EFTSL 0.125 EFTSL
1   Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, clinical psychology, nursing4 and education4 $6,349 $793
2 Computing, built environment, health, engineering, surveying, agriculture Mathematics, statistics, science $9,050 $1,131
3 Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $10,596  $1,324

As per the Australian Government guidelines, the student contribution amounts for 2016 are:

Band Field of Education 1 EFTSL 0.125 EFTSL
1
 
Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, clinical psychology, nursing4 and education4 $6,256 $782
2 Computing, built environment, health, engineering, surveying, agriculture
Mathematics, statistics, science
$8,917 $1,114
3 Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $10,440

 

$1,305

 For previous years, check the historical student contribution rates. 

How do I pay my student contribution?

The options available for paying your student contribution will depend on your eligibility for a HECS-HELP loan. This is a loan from the Government for all or part of your student contribution, for eligible students only.

Other students must pay their student contribution up front by the census date of their enrolment study period or they will face cancelation of their enrolment for that period, by Government legislation. Please see the Information for Permanent Residents and New Zealand citizens page.

Can I make voluntary repayments?

Yes. You can make a voluntary repayment to the Tax Office at any time and for any amount. Making a voluntary repayment reduces your debt immediately. However, you may still have to make a compulsory repayment, if after making a voluntary repayment:

  • you still have an accumulated HELP debt
  • your repayment income is above the minimum repayment threshold. 

Voluntary repayments are in addition to compulsory repayments. They are not refundable.

For further information about voluntary payments visit the Study Assist website.

Can I change my payment option?

You can change your HECS-HELP payment option during your enrolment (on or before the census date for a course).

For example, if you previously chose to obtain a HECS-HELP loan but now wish to make an up front payment, there is no need to inform the university, simply make the payment to the University on or before the census date.

To obtain a HECS-HELP loan you must give your Tax File Number (TFN) to the University on or before the census date. You risk cancellation of your enrolment if you do not do this.


1 The EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) value is a measure of the study load for a course, as a measure of the total required study load for a full year in undertaking your program on a full-time basis.

2 Please note all EFTSL values are published and calculated at ten decimal places. Values are displayed to three decimal places for ease of interpretation.

3 If the amount calculated consists of whole dollars and a number of cents, the amount will be rounded down to the nearest whole dollar.