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How can I afford to study?

'My dad can't help me pay to study.'

There are several types of scholarships on offer to both Australian and international students wishing to study in Australia.


Be aware that the value of scholarships vary significantly between providers and that he value of a scholarship may cover part or all of your tuition fees, your accomodation and living costs or both.


Additionally some scholarships are conditional- meaning you have to do something to get or maintain the scholarship.


Funding to support study at university in Australia can come from various sources, including government assistance, scholarships, grants, and personal finances. Below you'll find some potential common govertnemnt channels for sourcing funding  for students who just don't have the financial backing to support further study without help.


Services Australia:

  • Website: Services Australia

  • Description: Services Australia administers a range of government payments and services, including Youth Allowance, Austudy, and ABSTUDY for eligible students. Students can visit the website to learn about eligibility criteria, how to apply for financial assistance, and how to manage their payments.


  • Website: StudyAssist

  • Description: StudyAssist is an Australian Government website that provides information about government assistance for students, including HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP loans, Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, and scholarships. Students can use the website to check their eligibility, apply for assistance, and manage their student loans.

Department of Education, Skills and Employment (DESE):

  • Website: Department of Education, Skills and Employment

  • Description: DESE is responsible for policy and programs related to education, training, and employment in Australia. The department's website provides information about government funding for education and training, including higher education funding arrangements and vocational education and training (VET) loans.

Australian Government's MySkills Website:

  • Website: MySkills

  • Description: MySkills is an Australian Government website that provides information about vocational education and training (VET) courses and providers. While primarily focused on VET, the website may also provide information about government-funded training programs and financial assistance options for eligible students.


  1. Universities and Tertiary Institutions:

    • Check with individual universities and tertiary institutions in Australia. Many institutions offer scholarships based on academic merit, financial need, or specific fields of study.

  2. Australian-American Fulbright Commission:

    • The Fulbright Program offers scholarships for Australian students to study, research, or undertake professional development in the United States: Fulbright Scholarships

  3. Endeavour Leadership Program:

    • Run by the Australian Government, the Endeavour Leadership Program provides scholarships for Australians to undertake study, research, or professional development overseas and for international students to study in Australia: Endeavour Scholarships

  4. The Good Universities Guide:

    • Explore scholarship listings on The Good Universities Guide website. They provide a comprehensive database of scholarships available in Australia: The Good Universities Guide - Scholarships

  5. Industry and Professional Associations:

    • Check with industry-specific or professional associations related to your field of study. Many associations offer scholarships to support students entering their respective industries.

  6. Community and Nonprofit Organizations:

    • Some community groups and nonprofit organizations in Australia provide scholarships to support local students. Explore opportunities available in your community.

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