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Scholarships and bursaries


Learning to balance the household budget is one of the first challenges for new university students (and their parents!). Luckily, there are scholarships and bursaries that can help you manage your finances and stay on top of your studies.

Scholarship applications for Semester 1, 2019 close on 30 November.

What scholarships are available?

Scholarships and bursaries help students fund their education by covering some of the costs associated with university study. This can include tuition fees, textbooks, or costs associated with work placements, internships or study-related travel. The costs covered depend on the individual scholarship or bursary.

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, high-achieving students who demonstrate good leadership skills can apply for USC’s Thompson Excellence Scholarship, which provides $4,000 per semester for the normal duration of the program (up to a maximum of $32,000).

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.

Who is eligible?

Scholarships and bursaries aren’t just for high academic achievers. They’re designed to help students achieve their full potential while at uni, and are awarded to students from all backgrounds and study areas.

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

Eligibility and selection criteria for each individual scholarship or bursary are available on the USC website. Many scholarships are open to all new students. Some scholarships require you to be enrolled in a particular program or course – this information is displayed under the selection criteria.

How do you apply?

You can apply for most USC scholarships by filling out one online form. You simply fill in your details, and USC will assess which scholarships you are eligible for.

Applications for Semester 1, 2019 scholarships close on 30 November 2018. It's a good idea to apply as soon as you've submitted your QTAC application.

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, you will need to provide a separate application form directly to the external organisation.

Other financial support

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


You can apply for a scholarship before you receive an offer to study at USC.

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