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Money to help your child while studying

8 Oct 2019

The big question of ‘How do I afford uni’ weighs heavily on new university students and their families. Luckily there is plenty of financial support available to help with your child’s tuition fees and study costs so they can stay on top of their studies. Applications for Semester 1, 2020 scholarships are open until 30 November 2019. Your child can apply for a USC scholarship before they’ve received an offer to study at USC.

What are scholarships and bursaries?

Each year, USC awards hundreds of scholarships and bursaries to assist students with the costs of university study. They can cover things like tuition fees, textbooks, or costs associated with uni placements, internships or study related travel. They aren’t just for high achievers – scholarships and bursaries are also awarded to students who need financial assistance or who demonstrate other achievements, such as sporting excellence or community activities (like volunteering or community leadership). There are also scholarships for different areas of study or relocation scholarships that support you in your move away from home.

A scholarship can provide financial support over the years you’re studying, or as a waiver of tuition fees. A bursary is usually a one-off payment or payment instalments over one or more semesters of study.

Who is eligible?

Students can be eligible for a scholarship based on academic performance, sporting achievements or community service, or a combination of all these things.

Scholarships at USC range in value from $500 for a one-semester bursary, to $32,000 over the course of a full degree. For example, if you're doing really well at school and are involved in community or leadership activities, you can apply for USC’s Thompson Excellence Scholarship, which can give you $4,000 per semester for the normal duration of your degree program.

USC also offers some bursaries based on financial need, like the USC Equity Bursary and Study Support Bursary. These are designed to help low-income students reduce hours of paid work and focus on achieving their study goals.

USC has also recently introduced a Relocation Bursary for USC Fraser Coast students who are enrolled into a program for which only the first year is available at Fraser Coast. We’ve also partnered with Moreton Bay Regional Council to offer eight scholarships of $8,000 per year to eligible students who commence a degree at the new USC Moreton Bay campus from next year.

Eligibility and selection criteria for each individual scholarship or bursary are available on the USC website. Many scholarships are open to all new students, and your child can apply for these before they receive their offer to study at USC.

Some scholarships require students to be enrolled in a particular program or course – this information is displayed under the selection criteria.

TIP: Some scholarships are only offered in Semester 1 or Semester 2, or to students enrolled in their second or third year of study. Encourage your child to check whether they are eligible for new scholarships as they complete their degree.

How does my child apply for a scholarship?

USC has one easy online form for most of its scholarships – your child completes the application and USC will consider your child for all scholarships they are eligible for. The time it takes to complete their application may prove to be the highest paid hour of their life! Additional information may be required for individual scholarships so, students should read the application selection criteria carefully.

External scholarships

There are also scholarships offered by external companies or organisations. These scholarships have their own eligibility criteria, selection criteria and closing dates. In most cases, your child will need to provide a separate application form directly to the external organisation.

Other financial support

As a USC student, your child can access a range of financial support. They can visit the Australian Government’s Study Assist website to see whether they’re eligible for financial assistance. USC Student Wellbeing and the USC Student Guild welfare office can also provide one-on-one guidance and support.

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