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Commonwealth supported places


Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

The options available for paying your student contribution will depend on your eligibility for HECS-HELP.

After accepting your offer you will be required to complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF) in USC Central. If you are eligible to defer all or part of your student contribution to HECS-HELP you will be prompted to provide your Tax File Number (TFN). Ensure your TFN is entered in USC Central on or before the fee due date for the study period in which you wish to access HECS-HELP. Regularly check your To Do List in USC Central for outstanding items.

Whilst all undergraduate programs offered by USC are Commonwealth supported, only a small number of postgraduate programs admit students on a Commonwealth supported basis. Refer to program information on USC's website to determine if your postgraduate program is Commonwealth supported.

If you choose not to be Commonwealth supported (and we encourage you to carefully consider this option) you must notify USC in writing on or before the fee due date stating the program in which you do not wish to be Commonwealth supported.

Further information for Commonwealth supported students or student learning entitlements can be found on the Study Assist website.

Current student contribution amounts for Commonwealth supported places at USC are available on the schedule of fees.

USC will use available information to make an initial assessment of whether you will be eligible for transitional arrangements detailed below. If you are not satisfied with this initial assessment you should complete an Application for Pre-2010 Commonwealth Supported Student form available from Student Forms and document requests. Before submitting an application please ensure you read the guidelines included on the application form outlining eligibility requirements and what evidence is required to support your application. All applications must be submitted prior to the census date of the relevant study period to take affect for that period, otherwise your record updated to take affect for subsequent study periods.

Pre-2010 students

Students who prior to 2010 studied a program at any higher education provider as a Commonwealth supported student and enrol at USC after 1 January 2010 may be eligible for Pre-2010 fee rates. USC will access your eligibility based on information you provide with your application. If you believe you may be eligible for Pre-2010 status please lodge an Application for Pre-2010 Commonwealth Supported Student as outlined above.

The student contribution amounts for pre-2010 students for courses in the areas of education and nursing will be calculated at the Band 1A rate providing you did not complete your program prior to 31 December 2009.

Financial information for Commonwealth supported students

For further financial information refer to:


For more information, contact Student Central.


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