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DEFINITIONS AND HELP 2021


Fee Type Definitions

Domestic Undergraduate:
this is your first degree and you’re an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Domestic Postgraduate Coursework Commonwealth Supported:
this is not your first degree, more than one third is coursework, it generally leads to an initial professional qualification, and you are an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Domestic Postgraduate Coursework Fee-Paying:
this is not your first degree, more than a third is coursework, it ‘s not a Commonwealth Supported course, and you’re an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Domestic Higher Degree by Research Preliminary:
you’re studying to qualify for entry to a higher degree by research, and you’re an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Domestic Higher Degree Research:
at least two thirds of the course is research and you’re an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

Domestic Non-Award:
you’re not studying for credit towards a qualification, and you’re an Australian or NZ citizen, or hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

International Onshore Undergraduate:
this is your first degree, you’re studying in Australia and you are NOT an Australian or NZ citizen, nor hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

International Onshore Postgraduate Coursework:
this is not your first degree, you’re studying in Australia, more than a third is coursework and you’re NOT an Australian or NZ citizen, nor hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.

International Onshore Higher Degree Research:
this is not your first degree, you’re studying in Australia, at least two thirds is research and you are NOT an Australian or NZ citizen, nor hold an Australian permanent resident or permanent humanitarian visa.


What is a Commonwealth supported place?

A Commonwealth supported place is a subsidised enrolment at university. The Australian Government subsidises a Commonwealth supported place by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the university and the student pays the remainder of the fees through a 'student contribution' amount.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. These places are available in all undergraduate courses at UWA and some postgraduate courses.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or the holder of a permanent visa;
  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements;
  • enrol in each unit by the census date;
  • submit a valid Request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form to UWA by the census date; and
  • finalise your payment arrangements for your student contributions by the census date.

Australian citizens and permanent humanitarian visa holders who are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place can use the HECS-HELP scheme to help them pay their student contributions.

New Zealand citizens and permanent visa holders enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place must pay their student contribution upfront to UWA by the census date. If their student contribution amount is left unpaid after the census date then UWA will cancel a student’s Commonwealth supported place.

If you are not enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student, you will be enrolled as a fee paying student. This means the Government does not subsidise your education and you will need to pay the tuition fees set by UWA. Some fee paying students are eligible for a FEE-HELP loan to pay their tuition fees.


The Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP)

The Government administers the Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) which consists of five HELP loans schemes to assist students with the cost of their fees. The right loan for you will depend on your circumstances, eligibility and where you want to study. For further information please visit https://www.studyassist.gov.au/help-loans.



What is EFTSL?

Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) is a measure of the study load for a year of a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis.

The EFTSL value assigned to each unit of study taken in a course represents the workload in the unit as a proportion of the standard annual workload normally undertaken by a full-time student in that course. These calculations are normally based on the credit point values for coursework degrees. Therefore, a 6 point unit taken in a course for which 48 points constitutes a standard annual workload would be assigned 6/48 = 0.125 EFTSL. The same unit taken in a degree with 50 points in a standard year would be assigned 6/50 = 0.12 EFTSL.


HOW ARE FEES CALCULATED?

Domestic Undergraduate and Postgraduate Commonwealth Supported Students
Every non-exempt student enrolled in a Commonwealth supported unit of study must pay the student contribution amount for the unit.

This amount depends on the funding cluster to which units of study are allocated.

Units of study are allocated to funding clusters according to their discipline under the Australian Standard Classification of Education.

The maximum student contribution amounts for a particular year are published by the Department of Education.

When calculating the student contribution amount for a unit, the formula is the student contribution amount for a place set by UWA for the unit multiplied by the EFTSL value of the unit.

Example: Sandra has enrolled in MATH1001 as part of her Bachelor of Science degree. UWA has set the student contribution amount for a place at $3,950 (the maximum permitted) for that unit of study in 2021. The EFTSL value for MATH1001 is 0.125 EFTSL (6/48). Therefore, Sandra’s student contribution amount for MATH1001 will be 3,950 X 0.125 = $493.75

The table below shows the student contribution amounts for a student place (EFTSL), by discipline, in 2021:

Unit discipline 2021 annual contribution for a standard (one EFTSL) full-time load (usually 48 credit points) Approximate student contribution for a 6 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL)
Law, Accounting, Commerce, Economics, Administration, Communications, Society and Culture[1]&[2] $14,500 $1,812
Agriculture Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology[3], English, Mathematics & Statistics Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages $3,950 $493
Allied health, Other health, Built environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology[4] and Professional Pathway Social Work[5] Engineering, Science, Surveying, Environmental Studies Pathology $7,950 $993
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $11,300 $1,412

Notes:
1. Excluding Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units, which are in funding cluster 2 (see note 3) and excluding Professional Pathway Psychology units with FOE codes starting with 0907 which are in cluster 2 (s Excluding Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units, which are in funding cluster 2 (see note 3), and excluding Professional Pathway Psychology units with FOE codes starting with 0907 which are in cluster 2 (see note 4).
2. Excluding Professional Pathway Social Work units with FOE codes starting with 0905 which are in cluster 2 (see note 5).
3. Postgraduate Clinical Psychology units of study are in funding cluster 2 and are psychology units of study (FOE code 090701) that contribute to courses of study that are accredited for the purposes of professional registration by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and which lead to Endorsed Areas of Practice in Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Counselling Psychology, Educational and Developmental Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Health Psychology, Sports Psychology and Community Psychology.
4. Professional Pathway Psychology units of study are Behavioural Science units (with FOE codes starting with 0907) that contribute to courses of study that lead to a bachelors degree, honours degree or masters degree in psychology with a course structure that makes it compulsory to study the units relevant to professional registration as a psychologist by the Psychology Board of Australia, and which itself represents a pathway to professional registration as a psychologist.
5. Professional Pathway Social Work units of study are Human Welfare Studies and Services units (with FOE codes starting with 0905) that contribute to courses of study that lead to a bachelors degree, honours degree or masters degree in social work accredited by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).


Domestic Coursework Fee-Paying Students
This category of student is charged per credit point at a rate dependent only on the course in which the student is enrolled (see Fee Calculator for the fees charged).


Domestic Higher Degree by Research Preliminary Students
Students in these courses are full fee-paying but their fees are calculated in the same way, and charged at the same rate, as Commonwealth supported students.


Domestic Higher Degree Research Students
All higher degree research students at UWA are funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program (RTP) and are therefore fee exempt for the duration of the course, up to a maximum of four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research.


Domestic Non-Award Students
Fees for domestic non-award students are calculated similarly to Commonwealth supported students (i.e. EFTSL multiplied by funding cluster rate for the unit’s discipline) but using the rates in the table below:

Unit discipline Unit discipline 2021 Fee per EFTSL
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society & Culture $15,600
Education, Postgraduate Clinical psychology, English, Mathematics or Statistics $17,200
Allied health, Other Health, Computing, Built Environment, Visual and Performing arts, Professional Pathway Psychology or Professional Pathway Social Work $21,200
Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign languages $20,200
Engineering, Surveying , Environmental Studies or Science $24,200
Agriculture $30,950
Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science $38,300
Pathology $34,950


International Onshore Undergraduate Students
Students who commenced an undergraduate course in 2015 or later are charged a fee per credit point which depends on the course in which they are enrolled. The fees for 2021 are:

Course CodeCourse NameTotal Course Credit PointsAnnual Credit Points2021 annual feeFee per credit point
BP001Bachelor of Arts14448$33,000$687
BP002Bachelor of Commerce14448$39,500$823
BP003Bachelor of Design14448$37,400$779
BP004Bachelor of Science14448$40,100$835
BP006Bachelor of Biomadical Science14448$40,100$835
BH005Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)19248$42,800$891

Students who started their course earlier than 2015 are charged by unit of study using the usual formula of EFTSL multiplied by the unit’s discipline funding cluster rate. The rates for 2021 are as follows:

Unit disciplineFee per EFTSL
Humanities, behavioural science, clinical psychology, social studies, education, foreign languages, visual and performing arts$32,200
Architecture and building$37,400
Law, accounting, commerce, economics, administration, mathematics, statistics, computing, other health$39,400
Agriculture, dentistry, medicine, veterinary science, allied health, medical science, nursing$40,100


International Onshore Postgraduate Coursework Students, and International Higher Degree by Research Students
Students in these categories are charged a fee per credit point which depends on the course in which they are enrolled. Please see Fee Calculator for the annual course charges.

 

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