If you are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place, you are considered to be a Commonwealth supported student.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places available, except the Associate Degree in Aviation (Professional Pilots) program, which is full-fee only.
A CSP is a place at university where the tuition fee is jointly paid by you and the Commonwealth Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set by the government and determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses (subjects), not the overall program.
To be eligible for a CSP you must be:
- an Australian citizen, or
- an Australian permanent visa holder or New Zealand citizen, and
- meet the relevant citizenship and residency requirements.
If you are an Australian citizen, you will meet the CSP residency requirements if you undertake at least some of your course of study in Australia.
If you are a permanent visa holder or a New Zealand citizen, you must be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit(s) to meet the CSP residency requirements.
If you are an Australian citizen or a permanent humanitarian visa holder enrolled in a CSP, and you meet the HECS-HELP eligibility criteria, you can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to defer payment of your student contribution.
If you are a permanent (non-humanitarian) visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen who does not meet the NZ SCV long-term residency requirements, you are not eligible for HECS-HELP. You must pay your student contributions upfront by the census date.