Scholarships and financial assistance

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


Undergraduate Equity Scholarships

UNSW Sydney offers ongoing support to students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups, Indigenous students and low socio-economic background students.

The University's Equity Scholarship programs for commencing undergraduate students include: 

  • UNSW Accommodation Scholarships (valued at $24,000 per year for normal program duration)
  • UNSW Access Scholarships (valued at $10,000 per year for normal program duration)
  • UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor’s Equity Scholarships (valued at $5,000 per year for normal program duration).

When awarding Equity Scholarships, UNSW may consider factors such as:

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

Over 200 new Equity Scholarship offers will be made each year to commencing students. Other bursaries and grants are also available.

You only have to submit one application to UAC to be considered for all UNSW Equity Scholarships for which you are eligible.

Coursework scholarships

Every year UNSW offers a wide range of coursework scholarships that recognise the achievements and needs of UNSW students to help achieve their educational goals:

  • merit scholarships - academic achievement, sporting ability, rural, accommodation, honours, travel and exchange, Indigenous
  • equity scholarships - help with the costs of studying at university for those students who need financial assistance or have some other type of educational disadvantage
  • faculty scholarships - for specific faculties or degree programs.
Postgraduate coursework equity scholarships

UNSW Sydney offers a small number of postgraduate equity scholarships to students from disadvantaged and under-represented groups (eg Indigenous students and low socio-economic background students).

For details of eligible programs and the online application process, visit the UNSW Sydney website.


The UNSW Co-op Program is a 'career development' scholarship which provides professional development, industry training placements, mentoring, networking and financial support for selected undergraduate students in the business, engineering and science disciplines. The program offers $18,200 pa (tax free) for four years. Unlike cadetships, Co-op scholars are not bonded when they finish their program.

Co-op scholars are selected on the basis of their personal skills, leadership potential and motivation. The minimum academic requirement for the Co-op Program is a 96.00 ATAR or equivalent, or entry into the specific degree program, whichever is higher.

For more details on the program, visit the UNSW Sydney website.

Financial assistance

Youth and student allowances

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

The following courses are approved for the purposes of Australian Government Student Assistance so eligible students can access Centrelink income support payments if enrolled full-time:

  • Master of Teaching (Secondary)
  • Master of Teaching (Primary)
  • Juris Doctor
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Health Management
  • Master of International Public Health.