Commonwealth supported places

Student contribution and fee information for students who have been offered a Commonwealth supported (CSP) place in 2015.

What is a CSP?

The majority of students undertaking undergraduate study at University are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, and have their study subsidised by the Australian Government.

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 postgraduate students, but postgraduate places are limited.

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

HECS-HELP

If you are offered a CSP you will 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 $51,309 (based on 2014-2015 financial year). The amount you repay each year is adjusted relative to the amount you earn.

If you are able to pay a percentage of your tuition fees upfront you may be eligible for a discount, which can make a real difference to the overall cost of study.

To be eligible to apply for HECS-HELP you must:

  • be an Australian citizen or have a permanent humanitarian visa
  • be studying in a CSP
  • be enrolled in a subject at CSU by the census date
  • have submitted a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP to CSU by the census date

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 2015

Subject discipline Per EFTSL (64 subject points) Per 8 point subject Per subject point
Band 3
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration $10,240 $1,280 $160.00
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $10,240 $1,280 $160.00
Band 2
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health $8,768 $1,096 $137.00
Allied Health $8,768 $1,096 $137.00
Engineering, Science, Surveying $8,768 $1,096 $137.00
Agriculture $8,768 $1,096 $137.00
Band 1
Humanities $6,144 $768 $96.00
Behavioural Science, Social Studies $6,144 $768 $96.00
Education* $6,144 $768 $96.00
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Language, Visual Performing Arts $6,144 $768 $96.00
Nursing* $6,144 $768 $96.00
 
* Education before Jan 2010 $4,896 $612 $76.50
* Nursing before Jan 2010 $4,896 $612 $76.50

Notes:
* Education and Nursing
a. For pre-2010 students, the maximum annual student contribution amount that may be charged for Education and Nursing units is $4,896 ($612.00 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