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Commonwealth supported places

It is yet to be confirmed whether CBE will be offering Commonwealth Supported Places in 2018.  This website will be updated once we have confirmation from the government.

A Commonwealth supported place can save more than 50 per cent on the cost of full-fee graduate study. With a Commonwealth supported place, you will instead pay the equivalent of undergraduate fees for your graduate coursework.

Commonwealth supported places are limited in number and selection is highly competitive. Not all applicants will be successful.


  • Students who are classified as a domestic student i.e. Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or Australian Permanent Resident holders
  • New or continuing CBE postgraduate students
  • All postgraduate CBE programs are eligible for CSP consideration (except Master of International Management, Master of Leadership, Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Master of Innovation and Professional Practice, Master of Marketing Management, Master of Commerce)
  • Priority is given to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Management, Master of Actuarial Studies, Master of Business Administration, Master of Economics, Master of Finance, and the Master of Professional Accounting
  • Research based programs including the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are not eligible
  • Non-award study is not eligible

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The selection of students for Commonwealth supported places will be based on academic merit (e.g. past academic performance, level of qualifications: PhD, H1, Masters). In addition the following factors will be taken into account:

1.  For students commencing or currently studying in the above priority programs, being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent;

2.   Having exceptional career progression in the public sector or in their career for students studying or commencing the Graduate Certificate of Management or the MBA.

Applicants who are currently studying or will commence the Graduate Certificate of Management or the MBA and wish for their career progression to be taken into account for selection purposes must provide a copy of their academic transcript (unless application is made through UAC), a copy of their current CV and a recommendation letter from their employer.  Once you have submitted your CSP application online, please send your CV and recommendation letter to education.cbe@anu.edu.au (by the CSP closing date).

Successful students are expected to take up their Commonwealth supported place in the semester for which it was offered. Please note you cannot defer an offer for a Commonwealth supported place.  If you do not commence your program in the semester you are offered your CSP, you will need to reapply for a CSP.

The Commonwealth supported place is available for the prescribed duration of the program in which the student initially enrols. Should the student seek to change program, the continued availability of a Commonwealth supported place is not guaranteed.

If the student withdraws from their degree program the Commonwealth supported place is forfeited.

The student is subject to the usual rules of the degree program for which they are enrolled. If a student fails more than 50% of courses undertaken in a study period twice they will be asked to show cause why their enrolment should not be terminated.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What do I do if I receive a UAC offer before a CSP offer?

Your UAC offer will most likely be sent to you before you hear about the CSP application.  Your UAC offer will be for a full fee paying place in your program.  You are able to accept your UAC offer and then wait to hear about your CSP offer.  If you do not receive a CSP, you can then decide whether to withdraw your acceptance of your UAC offer or continue to enrol as a full fee paying student.

What other options are available if I don’t receive a CSP?

You can commence your studies as a full fee paying student, and then reapply for a CSP in your second semester.  CSPs are offered to continuing students as well as commencing students.

What is the value of a CSP and how do I pay the rest?

A CSP covers approximately 50% of your tuition fees.  You may elect to cover the remaining fees by FEE-Help.  Information on FEE-Help can be found here: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees/fee-help

Alternatively you can pay the remaining cost up front.  You will be issued an invoice by the ANU Fees Office once you enrol.

For any further questions please contact education.cbe@anu.edu.au

Updated:   16 February 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team