Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, JobSeeker Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.

There are two types of Equity Scholarship:

  • Institution Equity Scholarships: these are funded by individual institutions and their value, eligibility criteria and duration differ between institutions
  • Indigenous Student Success Program: these are funded by the Australian Government and are not covered on this website.

Most institutions also offer merit scholarships: apply directly to the institution for these.

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Who can apply?

To apply for an Equity Scholarship, you must be enrolled at a UAC participating institution, or applying for admission to a UAC participating institution :

  • through UAC for undergraduate or postgraduate study (only a very limited number of equity scholarships open to international applicants), or
  • directly to an institution, or
  • through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Most applicants who receive a scholarship are receiving Centrelink income support payments and/or can demonstrate additional types of disadvantage specified by the institution.

Details of requirements for individual scholarships can be found on the institution websites.

Being eligible doesn't guarantee a scholarship

Meeting scholarship eligibility criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship. There are more applicants than available scholarships. As part of a competitive application process, you are ranked against the eligibility criteria, and institutions award scholarships to applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.

If you are unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need.

Educational disadvantages and supporting documents

Most of the educational disadvantages you can claim require you to provide supporting documents.

Universities offering Equity Scholarships

Find out which institutions offer Equity Scholarships and who can apply for them.

How to apply

Step-by-step guide to completing your Equity Scholarship application

Equity Scholarship FAQs

Answers to common questions about applying for an Equity Scholarship

Application and offer dates

09 Dec 2022

Equity Scholarships: December Round 2 application deadline

Apply and upload PDF documents by midnight for consideration in December Round 2.

23 Dec 2022

Equity Scholarships: December Round 2 outcomes released

Equity Scholarships December Round 2 outcomes released at 9am.

30 Dec 2022

Equity Scholarships: January Round 1 application deadline

Apply and upload PDF documents by midnight for consideration in January Round 1.

12 Jan 2023

Equity Scholarships: January Round 2 application deadline

Apply and upload PDF documents by midnight for consideration in January Round 2.

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