Government assistance

The Australian government provides several options for assisting you to pay for your studies through student contribution and tuition fee loans, living allowances and scholarships.

More information on Australian Government financial assistance is available from the Australian Government Study Assist website.


HECS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP).

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, you only make a contribution towards the cost of your education (known as the student contribution), while the majority of your student contribution is subsidised by the Australian Government.

A HECS-HELP loan will cover all or part of your student contribution amount, and is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold.


As a fee paying student, you are responsible for paying the tuition fee for each subject in your course. You may be eligible for a loan to help pay for tuition fees through the Commonwealth Government FEE-HELP program.

Other payment options

You can also pay all or part of your fees up front.

Youth Allowance

If you are 16 to 24 years old and studying full-time, you may be eligible for Youth Allowance.

If you are required to meet the independence test and need to postpone your studies, CSU is committed to providing access and flexibility to applicants. Get in touch to talk about your options to defer.


If you are 25 or over and you are studying an approved, full-time course at an approved institution (such as CSU), you may be eligible for Austudy.

Full-time secondary education courses, graduate courses, undergraduate courses, as well as some master’s degrees, diplomas and TAFE courses are approved for Austudy.


You may be eligible for ABSTUDY if you are of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and you are accepted as such in the community you live or have lived in.

You must be an Australian citizen and also be:

  • studying full-time or part-time at a TAFE , university or tertiary institution, or
  • doing a distance education or correspondence course, or
  • studying for a master or doctorate degree.

Other Centrelink assistance payments

If you are a single parent, a pensioner, or a non-school leaver, you may be eligible for a one-off payment or ongoing assistance to help you pay for university study. You can find out more about these types of payments through the Centrelink Students and Trainees page.

Government scholarships for students in higher education

If you are living away from home, there are two government scholarships available to assist with living and study costs: