Searching and Applying for Scholarships Guide
There are a variety of scholarships, grants and bursaries available to assist students with the costs of tertiary education. They have various eligibility requirements and opening/closing dates which you need to be aware of. Follow this 4-step process to research and apply for scholarships:
Step 1: Centrelink
If you are eligible for a Centrelink benefit such as Youth Allowance, you may be eligible to receive the Student Start-up Loan.
If you have to move more than 90kms away to study your course either from or to a regional area and you receive the dependant rate of Youth Allowance, you may be eligible for the Relocation Scholarship.
Ring the Centrelink Youth and Student Services line on 132 490 to find out if you are eligible for either.
Step 2: VTAC (Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre)
The majority of university courses in Victoria are applied for via VTAC where you submit your preferences for tertiary study. You can apply for some scholarships through VTAC when you complete your registration.
Step 3: Institution Scholarships
Each institution you apply for will have scholarships listed on their website. You simply put the name of the institution and the word ‘scholarships’ into an Internet search engine - e.g., “RMIT scholarships”. Some scholarships are applied through VTAC and others require you to apply directly to the university. Read the information carefully.
Step 4: Other Scholarships
Once you have exhausted your options through Centrelink, VTAC, and the institutions you have applied for, you will need to find all the other scholarships floating around in cyber space. There are scholarships offered by banks, charities and other foundations.
We have a list below to get you started.
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Use the internet to search for other types of scholarships, grants and bursaries