So, what is the Commonwealth Supported Places scheme?A Commonwealth Supported Place is a place at a university of higher education provider where the government will pay a portion of your fees as a subsidy, which you don’t have to pay back. This means that your course fees are subsidised by the Australian Government and you pay the remainder as a ‘student contribution’. The student contribution amount will depend on the units of study and the cost of these units.To be eligible for a CSP, you must be:an Australian citizen, who will live and study in Australia for some of the course; ora New Zealand citizen, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course; ora permanent visa holder, who will live and study in Australia for the whole courseThis scheme involves offering short online courses at a higher education level for new students in fields of national priority, such as teaching, health, science, and information technology, which will be offered for six months from May 2020. Universities and private education providers were invited to submit their short courses for approval underneath this scheme, which has 1000 places to offer, and Endeavour College of Natural Health secured 70 of these places.This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for Endeavour College of Natural Health, as these places are usually reserved for universities, and to receive this scheme approval from the Australian Government is a credit to the quality of the College.The CSP scheme is an offer that is entirely unique to the COVID-19 pandemic and the current environment. This opportunity offers significant benefits to Endeavour College students, which includes significantly reduced fees and a new level of access and inclusion in higher education that may have been previously out of reach for some.New certificates on offerEndeavour College of Natural Health has had two short courses approved; Undergraduate Certificate in Human Biology and Undergraduate Certificate in Building Health Through Nutrition. Both of these courses have a six-month duration and must be completed by the end of the year. A benefit of the short course duration is that it allows students to use the extra time to receive a qualification in a short amount of time.Undergraduate Certificate in Human BiologyThis course enables students to gain a comprehensive understanding of human biology, human anatomy, chemistry and biochemistry and provides an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills required for study higher education. Graduates of this certificate can pathway directly into Endeavour Health Science degrees or may use it to seek credits into another medical, nursing or allied health qualification.This course would suit anyone that is considering enrolling in a Health Science degree and has not studied for some time or is not from a science background, or someone that is looking to upskill in the human biology and communications skills.Course delivery: Subjects in this course are offered online.Course fees: $6,977 is the full fee amount, however, if a student is enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, the fee is $2,500 after the CSP is applied. The student contribution amount may be deferred to FEE-HELP if a student is eligible.Read more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Human Biology.Undergraduate Certificate in Building Health Through NutritionThis course allows students to obtain a comprehensive understanding of human nutrition and introduces students to food-based science, including food spoilage, food additives and natural toxins. The certificate helps students understand how food components interact with the body’s biochemistry to how this applies in managing immunity or maintaining healthy weight throughout one’s lifespan. Entry into this certificate assumes prior knowledge of human biology and biochemistry.This course would suit those working in allied health or related fields, who already possess a working foundational knowledge of biology/ pathology/communication and are looking to upskill in nutritional medicine knowledge and skills to use in their own professional practice.Course delivery: Subjects in this course are offered online.Course fees: $5,982 is the full fee amount, however, if a student is enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, the fee is $2,000 after the CSP is applied. The student contribution amount may be deferred to FEE-HELP if a student is eligible.Read more about the Undergraduate Certificate in Building Health Through Nutrition.How much will you pay?Your student contribution amount will depend on the units of study and the cost of these units. The government has grouped different areas of study into bands, which are then set with a minimum and maximum amount that can be charged for each. The College then sets the student contribution amount for each band within this range (Endeavour College of Natural Health students will fall into Band 2, when referring to the official government website).Full fee payments for the 6-month short course certificates can be deferred to FEE-HELP, if a student meets the requirements. After the CSP subsidy is applied to the course fees (and deferred to FEE-HELP if the student is eligible), the student contribution amount will be as follows:Undergraduate Certificate in Human BiologyCommonwealth Supported Place: $2,500 (student contribution amount may be deferred to FEE-HELP if a student is eligible)Non-supported place: $6,977Undergraduate Certificate in Building Health Through NutritionCommonwealth Supported Place: $2,000 (student contribution amount may be deferred to FEE-HELP if a student is eligible)Non-supported place: $5,982To read more about the Commonwealth Supported Places scheme, visit the Australian Government website or the higher education relief package page. You can also visit Endeavour's website for further information on fees and payment options.