Affording to go to uni is one of the first challenges for new university students (and their parents!). Luckily, there are scholarships that can give you money to help you study.
Scholarships and bursaries can give you money to help you study. They can cover things like tuition fees, textbooks, or costs associated with uni placements, internships or study-related travel.
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.
Scholarships and bursaries aren’t just for high academic achievers. They’re designed to help all students achieve their potential while at uni, and are awarded to people 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.
Scholarships can have different eligibility or selection criteria, which you can find 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 – you can find this information under the selection criteria.
You can apply for most USC scholarships with one online form. You simply fill in your details, and USC will assess which scholarships you are eligible for.
Applications for Semester 1, 2020 scholarships open on 1 April 2019. 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.
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.