A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is a place at a university or higher education provider where the government pays part of your fees. This is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don't have to pay it back. This subsidy does not cover the entire cost of your study. You pay the other part—this is called your student contribution amount. With a CSP, you will pay the equivalent of undergraduate fees for your graduate coursework program. You must pay your student contribution amount (i.e. what you owe for your studies), by the census date.
Eligibility for CSP
- You must be a domestic student ie Australian citizen, New Zealand citizen, Australian Permanent Resident or holder of a humanitarian visa OR
- You must be a continuing or commencing Juris Doctor student OR
- You must be a new student who has applied to commence study in the Juris Doctor. Applicants with conditional offers are considered for a CSP but they are required to meet any outstanding conditions by the first Friday of January for Semester 1 intake, and by end of June for Semester 2 intake (if available).
- Non-award study is not eligible for a CSP place.
- You are expected to take up your CSP in the semester for which it was offered. Applications for deferral will only be considered in exceptional circumstances and should be made in writing to the College Dean. Please note that work commitments will not be considered sufficient grounds for deferral of a Commonwealth Supported Place.
- The CSP is available for the prescribed duration of the Juris Doctor program. Some Colleges may consider keeping your CSP if you transfer to another Program within the same College. These cases will be considered on a case-by-case basis and please contact your enrolling College for further information.
- If you withdraw from your program the CSP is forfeited.
- You will be subject to the usual rules of the program for which you are enrolled. Student contribution amounts for new and continuing students by ANU are assessed in accordance with the amount stipulated by the Government for Commonwealth supported students. Current amounts for Commonwealth supported places are given at the Study Assist website.