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Changes to your student contribution explained from 2021

What changes will affect my student contribution from 2021?

The Job-ready Graduates Package changes student contribution bands.

Students already studying in a Commonwealth supported place will have their contribution amounts grandfathered. From 1 January 2021, current students who enrol in units where the student contribution has decreased will have these reduced amounts applied.

How much will I pay for my course?

Each unit of study is classified into a student contribution band, depending on the study area of the unit (this may be different from the study area of your course). The amount you pay for your unit of study is usually the maximum allowed by the Government for that band.

2020 Student contribution bands and ranges
Student contribution band 2020 Student contribution range
(per EFTSL)
Band 3: Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $0 - $11,155
Band 2: Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $0 - $9,527
Band 1: Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $0 – $6,684

Continuing students enrolled before 1 January 2021

If you are a continuing student (enrolled before 1 January 2021) studying units in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, you will continue paying the same amount as you would have, had these reforms not been implemented for any units that would otherwise have an increased student contribution.

Grandfathered student contribution bands and ranges in 2021
Student contribution band 2021 Student contribution range (per EFTSL) for pre 2021 students
(per EFTSL)
Band 3: Law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, accounting, administration, economics, commerce $0 - $11,355
Band 2: Computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science $0 - $9,698
Band 1: Humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing $0 – $6,804

New student contribution band and ranges from 1 January 2021

New student contribution bands and ranges in 2021
Student contribution band 2021 Student contribution range (per EFTSL)
Band 4: Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, society and culture $0 - $14,500
Band 3: Dentistry, medicine, veterinary science $0 - $11,300
Band 2: Architecture, IT, other health, allied health, creative arts, engineering, science, environmental studies, professional pathway psychology, professional pathway social work $0 – $7,950
Band 1: Agriculture, English, mathematics, teaching, clinical psychology, languages, nursing $0 – $3,950

You can estimate the student contribution amount you have to pay for each of your units of study.

You will need to know the student contribution band range for the unit you are enrolled, and the equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) of your unit. If you are a continuing Commonwealth supported student, you will also need to know whether the unit is in a grandfathered discipline.

Your student contribution amount for a unit of study is estimated by:

     (Student contribution set by provider) x (EFTSL value of unit) = the amount you have to pay

Scenario 1

Matthew is currently enrolled in a nursing degree as a Commonwealth supported student. Matthew is studying full-time and plans to graduate at the end of 2021.

From 1 January 2021, the student contribution amount for a unit in nursing will be $3,950 per EFTSL, $2,854 less than the current band rate in 2021.

For a unit in nursing Matthew enrols in that is 0.125 EFTSL, the estimated student contribution amount = $3,950 x 0.125 = $493.75.

Scenario 2

Dongdi is currently enrolled in a law degree as a Commonwealth supported student. Dongdi is studying full-time and plans to graduate at the end of 2021.

From January 2021, the student contribution amount for a unit in law will increase from $11,355 per EFTSL to $14,500 per EFTSL, therefore law is a grandfathered field. Dongdi was enrolled in a law degree prior to January 2021 and therefore only needs to pay the lower student contribution for the duration of her degree.

For a unit in law Dongdi enrols in that is 0.125 EFTSL, the estimated student contribution amount = $11,355 x 0.125 = $1,419.38.

Scenario 3

Khadija is a Year 12 student seeking to enrol in an Arts degree with a major in political science. Khadija is seeking to commence studies in semester 1, 2021.

Political science aligns with the society and culture field of education. From 1 January 2021, the student contribution for a full-time student studying society and culture is $14,500 per EFTSL. Before 1 January 2021, the student contribution for the same course would have been $6,804 per EFTSL. Khadija will not be enrolled in her course until after 1 January 2021. She will need to pay the higher student contribution amount for any society and culture units she enrols in.

For example, Khadija enrols in a unit in History as part of her Bachelor of Arts. History is a society and culture unit. Khadija’s estimated student contribution amount for this unit = $14,500 x 0.125 = $1,812.50.

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