How do I calculate my fees if I am in a Commonwealth supported place?


If you are studying in a Commonwealth supported place the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of your education and you are then required to pay what is known as the 'Student Contribution Amount' (SCA).

Your student contribution amount will depend on two things:

  • the Equivalent Full Time Study Load value of your unit/s; and 
  • the contribution band your unit/s fall under.

It is important to be aware that different units in your course may fall under different contribution bands so you will need to check the contribution band of each of your units to find out how much each of them will cost (for details on how to check this, please refer to Unit Details).

The following table outlines the annual, full-time equivalent student contribution amounts for 2017:

Discipline Area

Band

Amount

Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education*, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing*

Band 1

$6,349

Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science

Band 2

$9,050

Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce

Band 3

$10,596

*Students that commenced before 1 January 2010 continue to be eligible for the reduced student contribution amount of $5,081 (also referred to as the national priority rate) for education and nursing subjects.

As the student contribution amounts are based on a full-time study load (1.0 EFTSL), you will also need to determine the EFTSL value of your unit/s. The credit point value of your unit/s will indicate the EFTSL value as outlined in the table below (you can find out the credit point value of your unit on the Courses and Units Database – refer to Unit Details for more information):

Credit Points

EFTSL Value

3 credit points

0.125

6 credit points

0.250

9 credit points

0.375

12 credit points

0.500

Once you have found the contribution band and EFTSL value of your unit, you can then use the following formula to calculate the student contribution amount for that unit.

(EFTSL value) x (contribution band rate) = student contribution amount

In addition to your student contribution amount, you are also required to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). For more information, please refer to What is the SSAF?

Sarah is studying a Bachelor of Commerce full-time (she will be taking four units per semester). In her first semester, Sarah will undertake the following units:

  • Accounting for Managers
  • Government Business Relations
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Introduction to Economics
Example

 

Sarah found out the EFTSL value and contribution band of each of her units using the Courses and Units Database:

Unit Name

Unit Code

EFTSL

Contribution Band

Accounting for Managers

5617

0.125

3

Government-Business Relations

6606

0.125

1

Information Systems in Organisations

6348

0.125

2

Introduction to Economics

6355

0.125

3

Using this information, Sarah could use the 2017 student contribution rates to calculate the cost of her units.

Unit Name

Unit Code

Contribution Band

Formula

Total

Accounting for Managers

5617

3

$10,596 x 0.125 =

$1,324*

Government-Business Relations

6606

1

$6,349 x 0.125 =

$793*

Information Systems in Organisations

6348

2

$9,050 x 0.125 =

$1,131*

Introduction to Economics

6355

3

$10,596 x 0.125 =

$1,324*

*Amounts are rounded to the nearest dollar

Depending on Sarah's citizenship status, she may be eligible to defer this onto HECS-HELP. For more information please refer to ‘What is HECS HELP?

 

 


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