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Commonwealth supported places

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 pay the equivalent of undergraduate fees for your graduate coursework.

There are limited Commonwealth supported places and selection is highly competitive so not all applicants will be successful.

Eligibile students

CBE postgraduate students who are citiizens of Australia, New Zealand, or Australian Permanent Residents in the priority programs are eligible to apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place.

If you are in receipt of another academic scholarship (e.g. RSM MBA Scholarship, PG Merit Scholarship, etc.) offered by ANU, you will need to advise us at the time of application as students are not allowed to hold a PG CSP with another academic scholarship. 

Please note PG CSP allocations for Semester 2 2019 are now closed. We will update the information for 2020 shortly.

Eligible programs

In 2019, the following CBE programs are eligible for CSP consideration:

  • Graduate Certificate of Economics
  • Graduate Certificate of Finance and Actuarial Studies
  • Graduate Certificate of Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Economics
  • Master of Accounting
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Actuarial Practice
  • Master of Actuarial Studies
  • Master of Finance
  • Master of Applied Economics
  • Master of Economics
  • Master of Economic Policy
  • Master of Business Administration (advanced)
  • Master of Management
  • Master of Project Management
  • Master of Business Information Systems

Research based programs including the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) are not eligible. Non-award study is not eligible.

How to apply

Information on S1 2020 will be available shortly.


CBE Scholarships

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 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 in the Graduate Certificate of Management or the MBA.

Students in the Graduate Certificate of Management program and the MBA who 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 scholarships.cbe@anu.edu.au. No late submission will be accepted.

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 per cent 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 per cent of your tuition fees.  You may elect to cover the remaining fees by FEE-Help.  Read this section for information on 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 scholarships.cbe@anu.edu.au.

Updated:   31 October 2018 / Responsible Officer:  CBE Communications and Outreach / Page Contact:  College Web Team