Find Out How You Can Get A Scholarship
It could be easier than you think
Scholarships are financial aid packages that help make university 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.
Search by state to see what university scholarships are on offer and read more about them, find out how to apply directly.
You can also search for the other 3,000+ options available through scholarship search engines:
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.
If you want to apply interstate you can find all the details on our post here.
All four state 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. Also, Notre Dame University, the only private university in WA, has information on their website. TISC themselves don’t deal with any scholarship applications.
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 inquire with them, or assume that you should have applications submitted by the deadlines that apply to course applications.
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
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.
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 university. 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. Fee Help.
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.
for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students
for full-time students aged 25 and over.
Pensioner Education Supplement
for some Department of Human Services and Veterans’ Affairs payment recipients.
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.
for eligible full-time students or apprentices aged 24 or younger.
helps with travel costs between your permanent home and your place of tertiary study.
The Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust (AVCAT) have scholarships for children of veterans
Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) loans
Defer payment for university or VET, then pay it back once you start earning an income
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