Student contribution amounts

This information applies to Commonwealth Supported students only.

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Units are classified into one of four student contribution bands by strict criteria controlled by the federal government. Student contribution amounts are therefore applied at the unit of study level, not at the level of your course admission. You are charged the student contribution amounts for every unit in which you are enrolled as a Commonwealth Supported student. The fee is charged upon enrolment in the unit of study and incurred on the census date.

Student contribution amounts per unit

The following table shows the student contribution amounts per unit payable for commencing and continuing domestic undergraduate students in 2017 and 2018.

YearStudent
Contribution
Band 1
Student
Contribution
Band 2
Student
Contribution
Band 3
Student
Contribution
National Priority (NP)
2017 $793 $1131 $1324 $635
2018 $805 $1148 $1344 $644
  • No grandfathering of maximum student contribution amounts for Education and Nursing students from 1 January 2018
  • For students who commenced their course of study before 1 January 2010, the maximum annual student contribution amount that may be charged for Education and Nursing units $644 in 2018.

Students who started their course of study on or after 1 January 2010 are subject to the maximum student contribution amount.

The following table shows the student contribution bands for each discipline area (i.e. the legislative classification).

Discipline Area20102018
Student
Contribution
Band*
Pre 2010
Student
Contribution
Band
Law 3 3
Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce 3 3
Humanities 1 1
Mathematics, Statistics, Science 2 2
Behavioural Science, Social Studies 1 1
Computing, Built Environment, Health 2 2
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual & Performing Arts 1 1
Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture 2 2
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science 3 3
Allied Health 2 2
Nursing 1 NP
Education 1 NP

Calculating your student contribution amount for the year

When calculating your student contribution amount for the year, it is important to understand that you may be charged different Student Contribution Bands depending on the unit/s in which you are enrolled.

To find out which Student Contribution Band your unit falls into please refer to:

The following examples demonstrate how a student would calculate their student contribution amount for the year.

Example 1: full-time student

Peter is enrolled in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music. He commenced study in 2016. In 2018 he has decided to study full-time (4 units in Session 1 and 4 units in Session 2).

The 4 units he has decided to study in Session 1 are classified as ‘Visual and Performing Arts’ and falls into the Student Contribution Band 1. The 4 units he has enrolled into for Session 2 are also classified as ‘Visual and Performing Arts’ and fall into the Student Contribution Band 1.

Peter will be charged the 2018 student contribution band as he commenced study after 2010.

Session 1 4 × Visual and Performing Arts units
(2010–2018 Student Contribution Band 1)
4 × $820 $3280
Session 2 4 × Visual and Performing Arts units
(2010–2018 Student Contribution Band 1)
4 × $820 $3280
Yearly total $6560

Therefore, Peter will be liable for $6560 for studies undertaken in 2018.

Example 2: Part-time student

Michael is enrolled in the Bachelor of Business. He commenced study in 2017. In 2018 he has decided to study part-time (2 units in Session 1 and 1 unit in Session 2).

In Session 1 he is studying one unit which is classified as ‘Mathematics’ and falls into the Student Contribution Band 2, and his second unit is classified as ‘Accounting’ and falls into the Student Contribution Band 3. In Session 2 he is studying a unit which is classified as ‘Commerce’ and falls into the Student Contribution Band 3.

Calculations for study undertaken in 2018 are:

Session 1 1 × Mathematics unit
(2010–2018 Student Contribution Band 2)
1 × $1169 $1169
1 × Accounting unit
(2010–2018 Student Contribution Band 3)
1 × $1368 $1368
Session 2 1 × Commerce unit
(2010–2018 Student Contribution Band 3)
1 × $1368 $1368
Yearly total $3905

Therefore, Michael will be liable for $3905 for studies undertaken in 2018.

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