The University of Sydney

Scholarships and financial assistance

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


Equity Scholarships

The University of Sydney offers a number of Equity Scholarships, awarded for any undergraduate degree, to prospective or currently enrolled students. These scholarships include the Sydney Scholars Awards (valued from $6,000 to $10,000 pa) and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholarships. 

When awarding Equity Scholarships, the University gives preference to academically gifted students who can demonstrate financial hardship and have experienced one or more of the following educational disadvantages:

  • carer responsibilities
  • Indigenous Australian
  • long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse
  • refugee status
  • regional or remote disadvantage
  • sole parent responsibilities.

Most applications for University of Sydney Equity Scholarships are centrally processed through UAC. 

How to apply for Equity Scholarships.

Year 12 applicants

The University of Sydney has an extensive scholarship program available for students who are completing Year 12 or equivalent in 2019, including the University of Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Scholarship. Scholarships range in value from $2,000 for a single year to $60,000 for the duration of a degree.

Graduate coursework scholarships

Graduate coursework scholarships are available for the Juris Doctor. To find out more, visit the University of Sydney website

Financial assistance


If you experience financial difficulty and your academic work suffers as a result, there are loans to assist with essential living and education-related expenses. Tuition fees and compulsory subscriptions are not covered. 

To find out more about financial assistance, visit the University of Sydney website

Youth and student allowances

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