Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL)

Higher education

EFTSL is defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) [s169⁢‑27] as an equivalent full time student load. It is a measure of the study load, for a year, of a student undertaking a course of study on a full time basis, where the student undertakes a standard program of studies.


Equivalent full-time student load (EFTSL) is a measure of the study load based on a student undertaking a course on a full-time basis over an academic year. Further information on the calculation of EFTSL for a course, part of a course or a unit of study is available in the VET Student Loans: Manual for Providers.

Where a provider is reporting an RPL assessment fee through a unit enrolment packet, the EFTSL value is to be reported as 0.000000001. See the RPL guide for further details on reporting RPL.

Application of glossary term:
  • Unit enrolment (HE)
  • Unit enrolment (VET)