Australian Catholic University

Scholarships and financial assistance

ACU equity programs aim to make tertiary education accessible to all eligible students, regardless of their background. 


Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships (ES) assist disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study. ES are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.

How to apply for Equity Scholarships.

Merit scholarships

ACU offers merit scholarships to students applying to or enrolled at ACU who have excelled in a particular area.

ACU merit scholarships.

Financial assistance


If you experience undue financial hardship while studying at ACU, and this might prevent you from continuing your course, you may be eligible to apply for financial support through the Student Loans Scheme

Youth and student allowances

For details on Australian Government financial support through Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY, visit the Department of Human Services website