Find out how you can get a scholarship (it could be easier than you think)

Scholarships are financial aid packages that help make Uni easier to access for everyone.

Even if you don’t think you could get one, you should investigate what scholarships are on offer because there are more scholarships available than you might think. Plus, many scholarships go undersubscribed, which means they don’t have enough candidates to give the scholarships to.

If you don’t ask, you don’t get, so don’t be put off thinking you’ll never be eligible for one and apply anyway. You might be pleasantly surprised. However, it’s a competitive field so it could pay to be prepared and get in early, that’s what we’re here to help you with.

What do they cover?

Scholarships are designed to cover a variety of costs, but most often go towards paying for course fees and accommodation expenses. You might be told where the money has to be spent, and you might never see the funds, as they can go directly to the institution where you’ll be studying. They can be one-off payments, or on-going (paid out each term, semester or year).

More than 3,000 scholarships are available to Australian students within tertiary education (including vocational) sectors. That means there are plenty of opportunities for you to apply for, and receive the benefits of, a scholarship.

How to find them

In a lot of instances, once you’ve decided on your preferences, you’ll have to go directly to the University of your choice then search for scholarships and follow their instructions for applying directly. However, some of the tertiary education procession bodies have scholarships that you can apply for as part of your University application package.

We’ve already put together lots of information about Scholarships on our website – You can even search by state to see what University scholarships are on offer and read more about them, find out how to apply directly.

NSW

VIC

QLD

ACT

SA

WA

NT & TAS

You can also search for the other 3,000+ options available through scholarship search engines:

Good Universities Guide

Australia Awards

Indigenous Scholarships Portal

Rural & Regional Enterprise Scholarships

Endeavour Leadership Program

Going Rural Health

Plus, you can search within categories for Health & Medicine, Business and IT, Community, Design & Arts, Engineering and STEM, click here and scroll down to the links at the bottom of the page.

What’s the application process in my state?

QTAC – Queensland

Almost all Universities will offer scholarships, including equity scholarships (aimed at helping regional students, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students, and students from low-income backgrounds access higher education).

To apply for most Scholarships to Queensland Universities, you’ll have to go to their website, find the relevant page and follow the application process. A list of all the QTAC application universities, as well as the direct entry Universities in QLD (and links) can be found here.

There are two exceptions – you can apply for:

QUT’s Q-Step Scheme

  • Indicate on your QTAC application that you want to be considered for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) (financial hardship).
  • You’ll need to print and complete a cover sheet and provide supporting documents.

UQ’s UQ-Link Program

  • Fill in the “Financial Hardship” section on the EAS tab of your QTAC Application Form and make sure you provide all required supporting financial information to QTAC.
  • QTAC will assess the information you’ve provided and determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the UQ Link Program.
  • UQ will then notify you if you have been approved for the UQ Link Program, and you’ll then have 5 bonus ranks automatically applied to any UQ preferences you’ve listed.

Just make sure you do so before the deadlines.

See our previous blog Had a rough time in Year 11 or 12? You can still go to Uni for details about EAS applications through QTAC.

VTAC (Victoria)

There are 3 types of scholarships you can apply for through VTAC:

Note: This list shows which institutions have scholarships you can apply for through VTAC If any of these categories apply to you, then you could be eligible for Access and Equity Scholarships Awards:

If any of these categories apply to you, then you could be eligible for Access and Equity Scholarships Awards:

  • financial disadvantage
  • being the first in your immediate family to attend university
  • being an Indigenous Australian
  • being a refugee or asylum seeker
  • having to relocate to attend tertiary study
  • intending to live on campus
  • having been in formal out-of-home care
  • having a disability or medical condition that affects your education
  • having experienced difficult circumstances that have affected your education
  • community service
  • leadership
  • being a student from Gippsland committed to regional and rural health and applying to Monash.

How to apply:

  1. Applications are open now and close at 5pm on 12 October. You’ll need to complete your application and provide all additional information and documentation by that deadline.
  2. Create an account with VTAC or log in to the one you have already created using your VTAC ID & PIN.
  3. Select ‘Scholarship Application’ in your VTAC user account (all applications are submitted online)
  4. Enter all your personal details & provide additional information if required
  5. Provide details about your financial situation – you may need you Centrelink Access Number (CRN) / copy of your parent or guardians recent Centrelink Statement of Benefits / recent Family Tax Benefit Statement / written statement of your financial hardship & statement of support from a relevant and responsible person who has knowledge of your situation.
  6. Provide details about your personal history and experiences + additional information
  7. A written statement about how the scholarship will benefit your 2019 studies
  8. Indicate your course application intentions (e.g. have you applied through VTAC, will you study in 2019 or defer)
  9. Identification numbers if you’re applying to Uni in other states e.g. your UAC number if you’re also applying to Uni in NSW or ACT

Indigenous Commonwealth scholarships

If you’re an eligible Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, these scholarships could cover access, education and accommodation costs.

As an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you’re also encouraged to contact institutions about other scholarship opportunities and support programs.

How to apply:

If you’re applying for a scholarship at one of the institutions on this list, then you can apply through VTAC & here’s how:

  1. Applications are open now and close at 5pm on 12 October. You’ll need to complete your application and provide all additional information and documentation by that deadline.
  2. Create an account with VTAC or log in to the one you have already created using your VTAC ID & PIN.
  3. Select ‘Scholarship Application’ in your VTAC user account (all applications are submitted online)
  4. Enter all your personal details & provide additional information if required
  5. Provide details about your financial situation – you may need you Centrelink Access Number (CRN) / copy of your parent or guardians recent Centrelink Statement of Benefits / recent Family Tax Benefit Statement / written statement of your financial hardship & statement of support from a relevant and responsible person who has knowledge of your situation.
  6. Provide details about your personal history and experiences + additional information
  • A written statement about how the scholarship will benefit your 2019 studies
  • Indicate your course application intentions (e.g. have you submitted an application through VTAC, will you study in 2019 or defer)
  • Identification numbers if you’re applying to Uni in other states e.g. your UAC number if you’re also applying to Uni in NSW or ACT

If you’re applying for a scholarship on this list, then you’ll have to apply directly to the University.

Academic Merit scholarships

If you’re a star Year 12 student with really great achievements under your belt, then you could be eligible for one of these.

How to apply:

To be considered, you must be applying for courses through VTAC but you won’t need to lodge a VTAC scholarship application.

If you’ve listed a VTAC institution that offers merit scholarships, on your course preference list (and met any additional course or institutional eligibility requirements), you’ll automatically be assessed by that institution through your VTAC course application. 

UAC – New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory

There are 2 types of Equity Scholarships you may be eligible for, if you’re applying to Uni through UAC:

  • Institution Equity Scholarships: funded by individual institutions, you’ll have to check the University websites for all details about their value, eligibility criteria and duration.
  • Indigenous Student Success Program: funded by the Australian Government and are not covered by UAC, you’ll have to apply separately for these. Check out our back-up plan section at the end of this blog.

For details about who’s eligible for Equity Scholarships and how to apply, go to our previous blog Had a rough time in Year 11 or 12? You can still go to uni

For Scholarships other than the Equity Scholarships available, you’ll have to check with participating Universities on the institution websites and apply directly through them. Check the deadlines and call the Uni’s if you have any questions or difficulties.

SATAC – South Australia

Institution Equity Scholarships (IES) are university funded and targeted to undergraduates students who can prove they need of financial assistance to go to Uni. 

You’ll have to apply through SATAC, but applications for Semester 1 in 2019 are currently closed.

When we spoke to a SATAC representative, they advised us that applications for IES will open after the first round of offers on January 15th 2019. So watch their website for more information or call them if you’re concerned.

Scholarships through TAFE SA are listed here.

Charles Darwin University’s scholarships are listed here.

Flinders University scholarships are on this page.

University of Adelaide scholarships on this link.

University of South Australia scholarships.

CQ University Australia scholarships are here.

Torrens University undergraduate scholarships.

TISC – Western Australia

All four universities within WA offer lots of scholarships based on need or merit, you’ll have to go to their websites and search for the information there, then apply directly. TISC themselves don’t deal with any scholarship applications.

Search for more information on the websites of Curtin University, CQ University, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and The University of Notre Dame.

UTAS – Tasmania

UTAS have over 900 awards you can apply for. They cover:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Access & Diversity
  • Special Talent
  • Specific Projects and Topics
  • International Scholarships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available, here’s a list.

Have a look through Domestic Research Scholarships you may be eligible for.

Other scholarships are listed here.

The closing dates vary for all UTAS scholarships and some are coming up soon, so have a read of all the options, make a note of any you are eligible for, the closing dates and any other relevant information. If you’re still unsure about anything or need more help, then contact UTAS directly on 03 6226 2999. They can also give you advice about how to apply.

You can also look at our previous blog The Steps you need to know to apply for University

Deadlines

Deadlines for Scholarship applications will be listed along with all the other information, including the value and eligibility criteria, on institutions website. Make sure you make a note of deadlines and get your application in as early as possible, but definitely before the deadline if you want to stand a chance. That includes all supporting evidence or documentation required.

Where you’re unsure of a deadline you should ring the institution directly and enquire, contact the processing body directly and enquire with them, or assume that you should have applications submitted by the deadlines that apply to course applications.

If you’re applying for Scholarships through the tertiary processing bodies then check the key dates and get your applications in on time. See our blog ‘Key dates for applying to University in Australia’.

VTAC – 5pm 12 October 2018 for all scholarships.

QTAC – 7 December 2018 EAS, QUT’s Q-Step Scheme and UQ’s Link Program

For UAC, these are their Equity Scholarship Deadlines:

You’ll have to apply & upload PDF documents by midnight / provide hardcopy documents to UAC by 4.30pm on these dates:

19 September 2018 for September Round 2

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 28 September

3 October for October Round 1

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 12 October

17 October for October Round 2

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 26 October

7 November for November Round 1.

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 16 November

14 November for November Round 2.

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 30 November

19 November is when UAC course applications close (to be included in first round of offers), so aim to have your scholarship applications done by then too. That way you’ll find out if you need to find other means of supporting yourself through Uni or not. But don’t panic, there are plenty more chance to get scholarship applications in for UAC, they continue into March 2019, a full list of all the dates can be found here. But if you’re concerned or confused then give UAC a call directly.

Tips

  • Read the rules for any scholarships before you apply, pay close attention to the eligibility section and that you meet all the criteria.
  • Make sure you know exactly what supporting evidence or documentation you have to provide and the format. Then make sure you get it all before completing and submitting your application.
  • Sometimes you’ll need to submit reports or provide information once you’ve been granted a scholarship and you’ve signed on the dotted line. You’ll have to make sure you meet and terms and conditions, otherwise you may jeopardise your hard-earned scholarship and end up having it taken away.

Check your application before you submit it for:

  • Spelling & grammar
  • Correct details
  • You’ve provided all the required information and it’s accurate
  • Presentation is good (if applicable)
  • You’ve followed all the instructions (e.g. have you stuck to the word count)
  • Walk away from it for a while, then re-read it and check everything. If possible get a parent, friend or teacher to look over it too.

What’s your back up plan?

Just in case you don’t get the scholarship you’ve applied for, it doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of going to Uni. There’s plenty of other options to consider, you could get a part time job, apply for government assistance (Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY), get a Student Loan e.g. HEX.

So if you’re relying on scholarships to help you get through University, it’s worth reading through your other options and making a note of which ones you’re eligible for, which are your best options, and how to apply if you don’t get the scholarship you’ve already applied for.

ABSTUDY

for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Austudy

for full-time students aged 25 and over.

Pensioner Education Supplement

for some Department of Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients.

Relocation Scholarship

an annual payment to help you move from a regional or remote area for higher education study.

Student Start-Up Loan

a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student.

Youth Allowance

for eligible full-time students or apprentices aged 24 or younger.

Fares Allowance

helps with travel costs between your permanent home and your place of tertiary study.

AVCAT

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) have scholarships for children of veterans

Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans

Defer payment for uni or VET, then pay it back once you start earning an income

University of Adelaide scholarships on this link.

University of South Australia scholarships.

CQ University Australia scholarships are here.

Torrens University undergraduate scholarships.

TISC – Western Australia

All four universities within WA offer lots of scholarships based on need or merit, you’ll have to go to their websites and search for the information there, then apply directly. TISC themselves don’t deal with any scholarship applications.

Search for more information on the websites of Curtin University, CQ University, The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University and The University of Notre Dame.

UTAS – Tasmania

UTAS have over 900 awards you can apply for. They cover:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Access & Diversity
  • Special Talent
  • Specific Projects and Topics
  • International Scholarships

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships are available, here’s a list.

Have a look through Domestic Research Scholarships you may be eligible for.

Other scholarships are listed here.

The closing dates vary for all UTAS scholarships and some are coming up soon, so have a read of all the options, make a note of any you are eligible for, the closing dates and any other relevant information. If you’re still unsure about anything or need more help, then contact UTAS directly on 03 6226 2999. They can also give you advice about how to apply.

You can also look at our previous blog “The Steps you need to know to apply for University

Deadlines

Deadlines for Scholarship applications will be listed along with all the other information, including the value and eligibility criteria, on institutions website. Make sure you make a note of deadlines and get your application in as early as possible, but definitely before the deadline if you want to stand a chance. That includes all supporting evidence or documentation required.

Where you’re unsure of a deadline you should ring the institution directly and enquire, contact the processing body directly and enquire with them, or assume that you should have applications submitted by the deadlines that apply to course applications.

If you’re applying for Scholarships through the tertiary processing bodies then check the key dates and get your applications in on time. See our blog ‘Key dates for applying to University in Australia’.

VTAC – 5pm 12 October 2018 for all scholarships.

QTAC – 7 December 2018 EAS, QUT’s Q-Step Scheme and UQ’s Link Program

For UAC, these are their Equity Scholarship Deadlines:

You’ll have to apply & upload PDF documents by midnight / provide hardcopy documents to UAC by 4.30pm on these dates:

19 September 2018 for September Round 2

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 28 September

3 October for October Round 1

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 12 October

17 October for October Round 2

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 26 October

7 November for November Round 1.

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 16 November

14 November for November Round 2.

Outcomes posted on UAC website 9am on 30 November

19 November is when UAC course applications close (to be included in first round of offers), so aim to have your scholarship applications done by then too. That way you’ll find out if you need to find other means of supporting yourself through Uni or not. But don’t panic, there are plenty more chance to get scholarship applications in for UAC, they continue into March 2019, a full list of all the dates can be found here. But if you’re concerned or confused then give UAC a call directly.

Tips

  • Read the rules for any scholarships before you apply, pay close attention to the eligibility section and that you meet all the criteria.
  • Make sure you know exactly what supporting evidence or documentation you have to provide and the format. Then make sure you get it all before completing and submitting your application.
  • Sometimes you’ll need to submit reports or provide information once you’ve been granted a scholarship and you’ve signed on the dotted line. You’ll have to make sure you meet and terms and conditions, otherwise you may jeopardise your hard-earned scholarship and end up having it taken away.

Check your application before you submit it for:

  • Spelling & grammar
  • Correct details
  • You’ve provided all the required information and it’s accurate
  • Presentation is good (if applicable)
  • You’ve followed all the instructions (e.g. have you stuck to the word count)
  • Walk away from it for a while, then re-read it and check everything. If possible get a parent, friend or teacher to look over it too.

What’s your back up plan?

Just in case you don’t get the scholarship you’ve applied for, it doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream of going to Uni. There’s plenty of other options to consider, you could get a part time job, apply for government assistance (Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY), get a Student Loan e.g. HEX.

So if you’re relying on scholarships to help you get through University, it’s worth reading through your other options and making a note of which ones you’re eligible for, which are your best options, and how to apply if you don’t get the scholarship you’ve already applied for.

ABSTUDY

for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students

Austudy

for full-time students aged 25 and over.

Pensioner Education Supplement

for some Department of Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients.

Relocation Scholarship

an annual payment to help you move from a regional or remote area for higher education study.

Student Start-Up Loan

a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student.

Youth Allowance

for eligible full-time students or apprentices aged 24 or younger.

Fares Allowance

helps with travel costs between your permanent home and your place of tertiary study.

AVCAT

The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) have scholarships for children of veterans

Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans 

Defer payment for uni or VET, then pay it back once you start earning an income