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Scholarships and bursaries

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.

What scholarships are available?

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 work less and focus on their studies.

Who is eligible?

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 degree or course – you can find this information under the selection criteria.

How do you apply?

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, 2021 scholarships are open now, and will close on 30 November.

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.