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2014 Budget - Higher Education Reforms

How the budget will affect your fees

Already studying at UC

Enrolled students
  • If you are currently enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) you will continue to be charged under existing arrangements until you finish your study or until 31 December 2020 (whichever comes first).  This applies to students currently enrolled in undergraduate courses and non-research postgraduate courses.
Additional study for current students
  • If you are a Current Commonwealth Supported Student (CSS) and you immediately commence another course as a CSS (either at the undergraduate or postgraduate level) after you finish your first course–you will be eligible to study under existing arrangements for the duration of your study or until 31 December 2020 (whichever comes first).
Undergraduate deferred students
  • If you are an undergraduate student who has accepted an enrolment offer on or before 13 May 2014, and you have deferred the start of your course, or you have started your course and you are on an approved leave of absence– you will also be charged under the current arrangements until you finish your study or until 31 December 2020 (whichever comes first).
Postgraduate deferred students
  • If you were offered enrolment in a postgraduate course on or before 13 May 2014, but chose to defer the start of your course you may not be guaranteed a CSP when you return. If you are offered a CSP, you will be eligible to be charged under the existing arrangements for the duration of your postgraduate study or until 31 December 2020 (whichever comes first).

Planning study in the future

  • The new funding arrangements will affect all Commonwealth Supported Students who accept an offer of enrolment after 13 May 2014.  
  • If you accept a CSP after 13 May 2014 you will be charged under the existing arrangements until 31 December 2015.
  • Changes to Commonwealth subsidies and student contributions do not take effect until 1 January 2016.  

For more information about the proposed higher education reforms, please refer to the Department of Education website.