All domestic students (Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia) are Commonwealth-supported students. This means the federal government pays a large portion of your fees and you pay the remainder, called a 'student contribution'. To be eligible for a Commonwealth-supported place, you need to:
- be a citizen of Australia or New Zealand or
- hold an Australian permanent resident visa or
- hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa.
For detailed information and eligibility criteria for Commonwealth supported places, please visit the Study Assist website.
Your student contribution is calculated twice a year, at the beginning of each semester. The fees and the amount you contribute will depend on the subjects you choose, as course costs vary.
For example, in 2015 the student contribution for a Bachelor of Science degree is $8768, compared to a Bachelor of Commerce costing $10,266.
The table below outlines the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth-supported students who enrol at the University of Sydney. Note that for some degrees – for example science, arts and economics – the range of subjects can cross a number of bands. Your exact contribution amount therefore depends on the specific subjects you choose.
|Band||Area of study||2015 Contribution|
|1||Humanities, Behavioural Sciences, Social Studies, Education (see note) Clinical Psychology (see note), Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Nursing (see notes)||$6152|
|2||Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Science, Engineering, Surveying, Agriculture||$8768|
|3||Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science||$10266|
An EFTSL (Equivalent Full Time Student Load) is a measure of the study load a student undertakes. One EFTSL is equivalent to 48 credit points at the University of Sydney and represents a standard annual full-time load. All student contribution rates presented above are for 1 EFTSL.
Education and Nursing units of study:
- Those students who commenced their Commonwealth supported course prior to 1 January 2010 will be charged the maximum annual student contribution amount of $4,696 for Education and Nursing units of study.
- Further more, the various notices and financial statements produced by the University, subsequent to 1 January 2010, will classify the units of study in these disciplines as Band 7 units.
Clinical psychology units of study:
From 2014, most clinical psychology units will fall under CSP Student Contribution Band 3, except PSYC6032 which will fall under Band 2.
Mathematics, Statistical and Science units of study:
The various notices and financial statements produced by the University, subsequent to 1 January 2010, will classify the units of study in these disciplines as Band 6 units.
Accounting, Administration, Commerce and Economic units of study:
The various notices and financial statements produced by the University, subsequent to 1 January 2010, will classify the units of study in these disciplines as Band 5 units.
Most Commonwealth-supported students are eligible for HECS-HELP assistance, the federal government's Higher Education Loan Program. If you hold a permanent resident visa (other than a permanent humanitarian visa) or you are a New Zealand citizen (and not also an Australian citizen), then you will still be a Commonwealth-supported student but won't be eligible for HECS-HELP and will need to pay your full semester student contribution upfront without a discount.
If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you are eligible for HECS-HELP. This means you can choose to either pay your student contribution upfront with a 10 percent discount (‘HECS-HELP discount’), or defer all or part of your contribution through the Australian Taxation Office (‘HECS-HELP loan’).
If you take out a HECS-HELP loan, the loan amount will be reported to the Australian Tax Office and you repay the money you owe through the tax system once you start to work and your income reaches a certain threshold ($51,309 per annum in 2013-14).
You can find more information on Commonwealth-supported places and HECS-HELP on the Study Assist website.