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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.


For more information, contact Student Services and Engagement