In 2017 the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Program changed to the Indigenous Student Success Program (ISSP) due to updates to funding and legislation.
If you've previously received a Commonwealth Scholarship in 2016 or earlier from USC, you will continue to receive a Preserved ISSP scholarship under transitional ISSP arrangements subject to ongoing eligibility requirements.
If your Commonwealth Scholarship has ended because you've received the maximum amount of payments or you're no longer eligible, you will not be able to reapply for any other Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship. We encourage you to apply for other scholarships or bursaries.
Ongoing Commonwealth Scholarships for continuing students offered prior to 2018
- Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (ICECS) provide students with A$2,755 * a year for up to four years to assist with general study costs.
- Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (ICAS) provide students who have to moved from regional or remote areas to undertake their university studies with A$5,512 * a year for up to four years to assist with accommodation and study costs.
* These are the 2020 Scholarship values. The Scholarship values are indexed annually.
You must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
|Citizenship and residency||You must be:
|Enrolment||You must be a Commonwealth-supported student enrolled at USC, in one of the following:
|Financial need||You must demonstrate financial need, either:
|Study load||You must be enrolled as a full-time student, ie enrolled in 3 or 4 USC courses per semester, unless there are exceptional circumstances that prevent you from studying full-time. Circumstances that may be taken into consideration include disability, significant carer responsibilities or medical conditions.|
|Previous qualifications||You must not hold an equivalent qualification or a higher one than the program in which you are enrolled unless such award is a prerequisite to the current program and there is no alternate pathway into that program. eg Graduate Entry Nursing|
In addition to meeting the basic eligibility criteria listed above, to be considered for the Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship, applicants must also meet all of the following criteria:
|Regional or remote residence||Within the 4 years immediately preceding the commencement of higher education study you must have either:
|Relocation to undertake university study||It must have been necessary for you to move from a regional or remote area in order to undertake your program at USC.|
|Incurring additional accommodation costs||You must be incurring additional accommodation costs as a result of relocating to undertake your program at USC.|
For more information on eligibility, or assistance please contact Student Central.