Student contributions

From 1 January 2017, the Australian Government removed the upfront HECS-HELP discount of 10% for eligible students that pay their student contributions upfront and the voluntary HELP repayment bonus of 5%. For more information visit the Australian Government's StudyAssist website. 

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.


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.

2020 Student contribution bands Student contribution amount per 0.125 EFTSL (1 x 6-unit course) Student contribution amount per EFTSL (8 x 6-unit courses)
Band 3 (accounting, administration, economics, commerce, law, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science) $1,395.00


Band 2 (computing, built environment, other health, allied health, engineering, surveying, agriculture, mathematics, statistics, science) $1,191.00


Band 1 (humanities, behavioural science, social studies, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education and nursing) $836.00