Different study areas are grouped into one of three 'bands' by the Government. The bands set the maximum amount that can be charged for units on a full-time study load.
When calculating your student contribution, the amount you pay will depend on the:
- band that each unit fits into (as they are not always the same, such as when enrolling in electives);
- weight of the unit (EFTSL); and
- year (since the band amounts are indexed annually).
EFTSL stands for "Equivalent Full-Time Student Load" and is a measure of the study load for one year of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis. 1 EFTSL = 1 year of full-time study. A single unit normally has an EFTSL of 0.125.
The following table shows the 2017 Student Contribution Bands and amounts.
|Student contribution band
||2017 Student contribution range (per EFTSL)
humanities, behavioural science, social studies, education, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, nursing
|$0 - $6,349
mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, allied health, other health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
|$0 - $9,050
law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science
|$0 - $10,596
How to calculate your student contribution amount
Your student contribution amount for a unit of study is calculated as:
(Student contribution amount) x multiplied by (EFTSL value of unit) = equals the amount you have to pay for the unit.
Benjamin has enrolled in 2 humanities units in 2017, Social Media (ACC3004) and Language in Society (ACC3041).
Both are humanities units (Band 1), with an EFTSL of 0.125.
Benjamin’s student contribution amount would therefore be:
($6349 x 0.125) x 2 = $1587 (rounded)
Elizabeth has enrolled in Yield Management (BHO3311) and Engineering Mathematics 2 (ENF1201) in 2017, which fall into Band 1 and Band 2 respectively.
Both units have an EFTSL of 0.125.
Elizabeth’s student contribution amount would therefore be:
($6349 x 0.125) + ($9050 x 0.125) = $1925 (rounded)
View a list of all higher education units for domestic students, including EFTSL and student contribution amount.
You can also search for individual unit fees in MYVU Portal.