Commonwealth Support Student Contribution Charges and EFTSL

Student Contribution rates - 2014

Your contribution amount may be affected by when you began your studies. The following table lists 2014 amounts. View previous years' rates here.

Note: Students enrolling in the University Learning and Teaching program (7375) do not incur a student contribution liability.


Maximum Student Contribution amount (per EFTSL)

 Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Medicine




 Mathematics, Statistics, Science, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health, Allied Health, Engineering Surveying




 Humanities, Behavioural Science, Social Studies, Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts, Education^




PLEASE NOTE: Some courses may be charged at a higher band rate depending on the course content.  Check the actual band for a specific course in the Handbook.

^ Education

Calculating Student Contribution Amounts using Unit Of Credit (UOC)

Most courses at UNSW consist of 6 Unit of Credits (UOC). A full-time student will usually enrol in 4 courses per semester giving them a total of 24 UOC per semester. Use the table above to find your maximum student contribution amount per year (eg. Arts = $6,044 for 1 full-time year of study). Divide the yearly amount by 48 to get the amount for each Unit Of Credit and then times by 6 to get the amount for each course of study.


Jane is studying a Bachelor of Arts. Using the table above her student contribution amount for 2014 will be approximately $6,044* per year of full-time study. Jane divides the yearly amount by 48 to get the amount per Unit of Credit than times by 6 to get the amount per course as follows:

$6,044 / 48 x 6 = $755 per 6 UOC course

*The amount that Jane has worked out is approximate as she is assuming that all her courses will be Band 1. It is important to check each course in the UNSW Handbook as not all courses in a program will be under the same student contribution band.

Calculating Student Contribution Amounts using EFTSL

Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) is a measure of study load for one year on a full-time basis. At UNSW this is defined as 48 units of credit (UOC). The amount of the student contribution depends on the EFTSL value of the course:


Note: Individual course UOC values are available from the UNSW Handbook.


 6 UOC  divided by 48 (total no. of units for a full-time year)  = 0.125 EFTSL
 3 UOC  divided by 48 (total no. of units for a full-time year)  = 0.0625 EFTSL
 8 UOC  divided by 48 (total no. of units for a full-time year)   = 0.167 EFTSL


Ana commences a Bachelor of Commerce in 2014. One of her courses is an Accounting course, ACCT1501. The contribution for this course is $10,085 for one EFTSL (Band 3). It's a 6 UOC course, so it has an EFTSL value of 0.125, according to the table above.

Her 2014 student contribution amount for this course is calculated as follows:

 Commerce (Band 3):    





EFTSL value for 6 UOC course:    


Student Contribution:    



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