Commonwealth supported studentsA Commonwealth supported place is where the Australian Government makes a contribution towards the cost of your higher education and you as a student pay a student contribution amount, which varies depending on the courses undertaken.
Your student contribution amount
Your student contribution amount and the amount you actually pay will vary depending on what courses (subjects) you take, the applicable Commonwealth fee band, and what year you commenced study. The amounts shown in the table are estimates based on full-time study.
|Band||Unit Classification||2016 maximum student contribution amount (/full time year)|
|National Priorities||Pre-2010 commencing Education and Nursing students only||$ 5,006|
|1||Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing, Education||$ 6,256|
|2||Computing, Built Environment, other Health, Allied Health, Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture, Maths, Statistics, Science||$ 8,917|
|3||Law, Accounting, Commerce, Business Administration, Economics||$10,440|
Your student contribution amount also depends on when you commenced your university study:
- Students who commenced prior to 1 January 2010 in a Nursing or Education program and have not completed that program will continue to pay the National Priority rate.
- Students who commenced from 1 January 2010 in a Nursing or Education program will be charged at the Band 1 rate.
Am I eligible to defer my student contribution?
The options available to you when paying your student contribution, depend on your citizenship or residency status:
Australian citizens and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa
If you fall into this category you are eligible for Government assistance called HECS-HELP. You can either:
• defer payment of your student contribution and pay it later through the Australian Tax Office once your yearly wage reaches a government determined level
• pay up-front
• make a partial up-front payment and defer the balance to HECS-HELP
• Australian citizens must undertake at least one unit of study in Australia to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place and HECS-Help
• Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders must reside in Australia for the duration of their program to be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place and HECS-Help
New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian Permanent Residency visa living in Australia
If you are a New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent resident visa (with the exception of permanent humanitarian visa holders) you will be required to pay your student contribution up-front as you will not qualify for a HECS-HELP loan. Up-front payments will not attract a discount. Failure to make your upfront payment by the census date will result in cancellation of your enrolment.
From 1st January 2016 New Zealand citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and are resident in Australia may be eligible for HECS-Help if they meet certain eligibility criteria. Information on eligibility is available on the Study Assist website.
New Zealand citizens and holders of an Australian Permanent Residency visa living outside Australia
If you are a New Zealand citizen or the holder of an Australian permanent residency visa and live outside Australia you are not eligible for a Commonwealth Supported place and must pay full fee tuition/direct fees.
Commonwealth assistance notice
After the census date each semester, USQ will provide Commonwealth Supported students with a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN), which will include details such as your Student Learning Entitlement usage, student contribution amount, HELP assistance , and your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN).
You can view and print your Commonwealth Assistance Notice online (eCAN) at UConnect > Student Centre > Finances.
Tertiary Preparation and English Language Programs
Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and holders of a Permanent Residency visa are entitled to a fee-free place in Tertiary Preparation and English Language programs provided they are resident in Australia for the duration of their program. Studies are fully funded by the Commonwealth Government and students do not incur a HELP debt for these programs.
Research and Graduate Studies
Research students who have been offered a Research Training Scheme place should refer to the USQ Research website for further information.