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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 2016 and 2017.

YearStudent
Contribution
Band 1
Student
Contribution
Band 2
Student
Contribution
Band 3
Student
Contribution
National Priority (NP)
2016$782$1114$1305$625
2017$793$1131$1324$635

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

Discipline Area2010-2016
Student
Contribution
Band*
Pre-2010
Student
Contribution
Band
Law 33
Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce33
Humanities11
Mathematics, Statistics, Science22
Behavioural Science, Social Studies11
Computing, Built Environment, Health22
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual & Performing Arts11
Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture22
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science33
Allied Health22
Nursing11
Education11

Calculating your student contribution amount for the year

When calculating your SCA 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 2014. In 2016 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 2016 student contribution band as he commenced study after 2010.

Session 14 x Visual and Performing Arts units
(2010-2016 Student Contribution Band 1)
4 x $782$3128
Session 24 x Visual and Performing Arts units
(2010-2016 Student Contribution Band 1)
4 x $782$3128
Yearly total$6256

Therefore, Peter will be liable for $6256 for studies undertaken in 2016.

Example 2: Part-time student

Michael is enrolled in the Bachelor of Business. He commenced study in 2014. In 2016 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 2016 are:

Session 11 x Mathematics unit
(2010-2016 Student Contribution Band 2)
1 x $1114$1114
1 x Accounting unit
(2010-2016 Student Contribution Band 3)
1 x $1305$1305
Session 21 x Commerce unit
(2010-2016 Student Contribution Band 3)
1 x $1305$1305
Yearly total$3724

Therefore, Michael will be liable for $3724 for studies undertaken in 2016.

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