These are placements in university courses granted to a limited number of students for which tuition fees are subsidised heavily! Unlike HECS-HELP loans, students do not have to pay these back at any point. All they have to do is put forward a contribution to the fee and the government covers the rest. The exact amount entailed by student contributions varies between universities. These contributions are made during the same time period as course fees are due, meaning you can expect to make them every semester. However, this is the case if you’re a university student anyway. At least with a CSP, you could be paying far less.
CSPs are unfortunately only available to domestic students. Any international students seeking funding can apply for some of the numerous scholarships available to them. You can browse our full selection right here on PostgradAustralia to gain further insight into these. A great example is our very own PostgradAustralia Scholarship, which does not discriminate between courses, study modes or nationalities. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you’re eligible to apply.
If you’re a domestic citizen, you likely enjoyed the benefits of a CSP throughout your undergraduate study. This is due to CSPs not having any limit for undergraduate domestic students. As a postgrad however, this isn’t necessarily the case. Many universities don’t even have CSPs for postgraduate students. Therefore, it’s imperative that you check whether or not your institution has any CSPs available.
If you’re a current postgraduate student in a fee-paying position, that is, you’re paying full price for your course, some institutions like James Cook University offer the opportunity to transfer to a CSP midway. Use the methodology in the following section to make this happen.
If you’re a permanent resident, it’s required that your visa lasts at least until the end of your degree, otherwise you’ll be denied a CSP. New Zealand citizens are entitled to study at Australian tertiary institutions without requiring a student visa.
Hopefully now you have a better grasp of what CSPs are, where to find them and how to get them. Remember, if you don’t secure one on the first time around, keep trying! You can transfer into one from a full fee paying position. Good luck!