Student Contribution Bands


Your student contribution amount will be calculated on a per unit basis and is dependent on the discipline area of the unit of study, not the course you are enrolled in. To find out the discipline area of each of your units visit the Handbook page for that unit. More instructions on this are available from the Student contribution calculations page.

The Student Contribution amount for each band is outlined below. It details the amount for an equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) for one year for each band and the approximate amount per a standard 10 credit point unit.

To work out the exact cost of your Student Contribution for the semester or year go to the Student contribution calculations page.

2021 Student Contribution bands

New Student Contribution bands and ranges in 2021

  
Student Contribution band2021 maximum student contribution amount  (per EFTSL)2021 maximum student contribution amount (Per 10 credit points)

Band 4

Law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications, society and culture

$14,500$1,812

Band 3

Dentistry, medicine, veterinary science

$11,300$1,412

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

$7,950$993

Band 1

Agriculture, English, mathematics, education, clinical psychology, Indigenous and foreign languages, nursing, statistics

$3,950$493

2021 Grandfathered Student Contributions

2021 Grandfathered Student Contributions

  

Field of Study

The 2021 maximum student contribution amount in respect of a grandfathered student (per EFTSL)

2021 maximum student contribution amount (Per 10 credit points)

Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics or Commerce

$11,355

$1,419

Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science

$11,300

$1,412

Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment or Computing, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Pathology or Science

$7,950

$993

Communications, Society and Culture, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work

$6,804

$850

Agriculture , Education, Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous Language or Foreign Language

$3,950

$493

Eligibility for 2021 Grandfathered Student Contribution rates

New student contribution bands will take effect on 1 January 2021

If you are a continuing student studying units in disciplines with decreased student contribution amounts you will receive the lower rate according to the 2021 Student Contribution Bands.

If you are a continuing student (by the criteria below) studying units in disciplines with increased student contribution amounts in 2021, you will continue paying fees according to the previous 2020 Student Contribution Bands and will only see a CPI increase in fees as you would have for those units, had the 2021 reforms not been implemented.

This is referred to as Grandfathered fees.

Grandfathered fees will be in place for continuing students under the following conditions:

(a) any of the following apply in relation to the person:

  • you are a continuing student. That is, you commenced your curent Award course in a Commonwealth Supported Place at Western Sydney University and passed through any session census date before 1 January 2021 in that course, OR
  • you are enrolled in an honours course at Western Sydney University on or after 1 January 2021, but were enrolled in the course that led to the honours degree at Western Sydney University before 1 January 2021  OR
  • you were undertaking, in 2020, an enabling course at Western Sydney University (i.e. Foundation Studies) and, on or after 1 January 2021, you commenced the related award course at Western Sydney University that is leading to a higher education award; OR
  • you were undertaking, in 2020, an undergraduate certificate at Western Sydney University and, on or after 1 January 2021, you commence another course of study (a higher qualification course) at Western Sydney University that relates to the Undergraduate Certificate course and is leading to a higher education award that is a bachelor degree;
  • AND

(b) you were, at any session census date before 1 January 2021, a Commonwealth Supported student in relation to a unit of study in the ongoing course, earlier course, enabling course or UC course and

(c) you undertake a unit of study as part of the ongoing course, honours course, later course or higher qualification course that has a census date that is on or after 1 January 2021.

Grandfathered fees will NOT apply in the  following scenarios:

  • any student who changes their ongoing course to a new course after the commencement date of 1 January 2021
  • any student who changes their course to a new course by moving from a double/combined degree to a single degree or vice versa after the commencement date of 1 January 2021
  • any student who changes their residency status where the first census date in their CSP is after the commencement date of 1 January 2021

Please note:

This information is based on information provided by the Government about the package as at 19 October 2020. While every effort has been made by Western Sydney University to ensure that the information on this website is up to date and accurate, Western Sydney University does not give any guarantees, undertakings or warranties in relation to the accuracy completeness and up to date status of the above information.

For more information on Grandfathering of fees please visit the Job-ready Graduates - Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window) page.

2020 student contribution bands

The 2020 student contribution amounts are set for students who commenced a unit of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2020. These amounts are based on the discipline area for the unit of study and the rate set by each higher education provider.   
Bands and general discipline areas 2020 maximum contribution (per EFTSL = 80 credit points)2020 approximate contribution per 10 credit points
Band 3$11,155$1,394
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
Band 2$9,527$1,190
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing
Allied Health, Other Health
Engineering, Surveying, Built Environment
Science, Agriculture
Band 1$6,684$835
Humanities, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts
Behavioural Science, Social Studies
Clinical Psychology
Education
Nursing

2019 student contribution bands

2019 student contribution bands and amounts
The 2019 student contribution amounts are set for students who commenced a unit of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2019. These amounts are based on the discipline area for the unit of study and the rate set by each higher education provider.   
Bands and general discipline areas 2019 maximum contribution (per EFTSL = 80 credit points)2019 approximate contribution per 10 credit points
Band 3$10,958$1,369
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
Band 2$9,359$1,169
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health
Allied Health
Science, Engineering Surveying
Agriculture
Band 1$6,566$820
Humanities
Behavioural Science, Social Studies
Education
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts
Nursing

2018 student contribution bands

The 2018 student contribution amounts are set for students who commenced a unit of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2018. These amounts are based on the discipline area for the unit of study and the rate set by each higher education provider.

2018 student contribution bands and amounts
Bands and general discipline areas 2018 maximum contribution (per EFTSL = 80 credit points) 2018 approximate contribution per 10 credit points
Band 3 $10,754$1,344
Law, **Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
Band 2 $9,185$1,148
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health
Allied Health
Science, Engineering Surveying
Agriculture
Band 1 $6,444$805
Humanities
Behavioural Science, Social Studies
Education
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts
Nursing

2017 student contribution bands

The 2017 student contribution amounts are set for students who commenced a unit of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2017. These amounts are based on the discipline area for the unit of study and the rate set by each higher education provider.

2017 student contribution bands and amounts
Bands and general discipline areas 2017 maximum contribution (per EFTSL = 80 credit points) 2017 approximate contribution per 10 credit points
Band 3 $10,596 $1,324
Law, **Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
Band 2 $9,050 $1,131
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health
Allied Health
Science, Engineering Surveying
Agriculture
Band 1 $6,349 $793
Humanities
Behavioural Science, Social Studies
Education^
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts
Nursing^
National Priorities (NP) $5,081 $635
The National Priority Band will only apply to pre 2010 students in Education and Nursing units

2016 student contribution bands

The 2016 student contribution amounts are set for students who commenced a unit of study with a census date on or after 1 January 2016. These amounts are based on the discipline area for the unit of study and the rate set by each higher education provider.

2016 student contribution bands and amounts
Bands and general discipline areas 2016 maximum contribution (per EFTSL = 80 credit points) 2016 approximate contribution per 10 credit points
Band 3 $10,440 $1,305
Law, **Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
Band 2 $8,917 $1,114
Mathematics, Statistics, Computing, Built Environment, Other Health
Allied Health
Science, Engineering Surveying
Agriculture
Band 1 $6,256 $782
Humanities
Behavioural Science, Social Studies
Education^
Clinical Psychology, Foreign Languages, Visual and Performing Arts
Nursing^
National Priorities (NP) $5,006 $625
The National Priority Band will only apply to pre 2010 students in Education and Nursing units

Related links

» Student contribution calculations
» HECS-HELP

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Pre-2016 band amounts

Student contribution amounts are different for students studying certain discipline areas who have enrolled prior to 2016. Please check if you fall into one of the following categories:

  • Students who enrolled pre 2010 in Education and Nursing

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