Student contributions

On 19 October 2020, the Job-ready Graduates Package passed in parliament. This means from 1 January 2021, there will be some changes to Australia's higher education student contribution bands. For more information, please visit StudyAssist

The information on this page will be updated as it becomes available.

A tuition fee is set for each course. If you are a Commonwealth supported student, the Australian Government pays the majority of the tuition fee. The remaining balance is called the student contribution.

Paying or Deferring

Commonwealth supported students will be issued with an invoice via ISIS within a few days of enrolling in their courses. The balance owing shown on tuition fee invoices for students in Commonwealth supported places is the student contribution amount.

Australian citizens, holders of permanent humanitarian visas, and some New Zealand citizens are permitted to defer their student contribution to HECS-HELP so that no up-front payment for tuition is required.  New Zealand citizens can check this website to see whether they meet the eligibility requirements.

Eligible students who wish to pay some of their student contribution, and defer the rest may do so by first applying for HECS-HELP, and then paying the desired partial payment amount using one of the normal payment methods. Any outstanding balance at the relevant census date will then be deferred - as long as your TFN has been submitted on your Commonwealth Assistance Form.

HECS-HELP Up-front Payment Discount

From 1 January 2021, the Australian Government reintroduced the 10% upfront payment discount for eligible Commonwealth supported students.

To receive the HECS-HELP discount, you must be eligible for HECS-HELP assistance. The upfront discount applies to upfront payments of $500 or more made on or before the census date of the enrolled session.

You will receive a discount of 10% on the upfront payment you make. You may choose to pay some of your student contributions upfront (minimum $500) and defer the rest with a HECS‑HELP loan.

Your student invoice located on your ISIS account will display the 10% discount for eligible students. If you do not to make an upfront payment by the census date of your enrolled session, you will not be eligible to receive the 10% discount and the full cost of your tuition fees will be deferred to your HECS-HELP loan.

For more information on the HECS-HELP upfront discount, please visit Study Assist.


For the purposes of determining student contribution amounts, courses are categorised by their broad discipline (student contribution bands). ANU degree programs allow the flexibility to take courses across multiple bands. The student contribution amounts applicable to each discipline are listed below. Specific course contribution amounts are listed on the relevant course entry on the Programs & Courses website.

The student contribution amount differs based on which band the relevant course belongs to. The amount charged per course is apportioned on the equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) value of the course.

Continuing Students Enrolled Before 1 January 2021

Continuing students (enrolled before 1 January 2021) studying courses in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts, will continue paying the same amount as they would have, had these reforms not been implemented for any courses that would otherwise have an increased student contribution.

Grandfathered student contributions in 2021

or a place in a unit of study included in this funding cluster

Student contribution amount per 0.125 EFTSL (1 x 6-unit course) 2021 Student contribution amount per EFTSL (8 x 6-unit courses)

Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture



(a) Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics or Commerce $11,355.00

  $851.00 (b) Communications or Society and Culture $6804.00

Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work



(a) Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $3,950.00

  $994.00 (b) Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing $7,950.00
  $851.00 (c) Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $6,804.00

Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science



(a) Nursing, Indigenous Language or Foreign Languages $3,950.00
  $994.00 (b) Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies or Science $7,950.00
Agriculture, Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pathology


(a) Agriculture $3,950.00
  $1413.00 (b) Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science $11,300.00
  $994.00 (c) Pathology $7,950.00



New Student Contribution Bands and Ranges in 2021 Student contribution amount per 0.125 EFTSL (1 x 6-unit course) 2021 Student contribution amount per EFTSL (8 x 6-unit courses)

Band 4 (Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, society and culture)




Band 3 (Dentistry, medicine, veterinary science)




Band 2 (Other health, allied health, built environment, computing, engineering, surveying, science, environmental studies, pathology, visual and performing arts, professional pathway psychology, professional pathway social work)

$994.00 $7,950.00
Band 1 (Agriculture, English, mathematics, education, clinical psychology, Indigenous and foreign languages, nursing, statistics) $494.00 $3,950.00

New Student Contribution Bands and Ranges from 1 January 2021


2021 Student Contribution Band mapping to HECS Bands

Student Contribution Band Code 2021 HECS Band   Student contribution per EFTSL
1 Band 1

All students

Agriculture, Forestry, English, mathematics, education, clinical psychology, languages


12 Band 2

Commencing 2021 (Band 2)

Continuing students (Band 1 grandfathered)

Visual and performing arts



2 Band 2

All students

Computing and IT, other health, engineering, science, environmental studies, *professional pathway psychology


3 Band 3

All Students



34 Band 4

Commencing 2021 (Band 4)

Continuing students (Band 3 grandfathered)

Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce



14 Band 4

Commencing 2021 (Band 4)

Continuing students (Band 1 grandfathered)

Communications, society and culture, behavioural science

humanities, social studies





Band 4

Band 2

Commencing 2021 Non pathway Psychology (Band 4)

Commencing 2021 pathway Psychology (Band 2)

Continuing students Psychology (Band 1 grandfathered)

Psychology (both Professional pathway and Non-Professional pathway)