Scholarships, Bursaries, Student Grants

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FedUni Scholarships, Bursaries, Student Grants

Each year, FedUni awards scholarships, bursaries and student grants to new and continuing students across secondary school, vocational, undergraduate, postgraduate program areas.

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Student Grants office manages:

  • Merit Scholarships - awarded for academic merit or community involvement;
  • Bursaries - awarded to take financial pressures off, so a student can access and focus on their studies.  Bursaries are designed to help students from rural and remote areas and students whose access to university studies may be affected by disability, financial hardship or other personal disadvantage.  Bursaries are open to Indigenous students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and non-Indigenous students.
  • Grants - a one-off payment to assist students in acquiring a good or service such as text books or help with course work placements.

KickStart Equity and Financial Aid Bursaries and Grants

FedUni is committed to providing assistance to students with Bursaries and Grants to remove, as much as possible, the financial constraints students face to achieve their study goals.

To make it easier for students to access financial assistance, FedUni has a range of bursaries and grants to give students the kick start they need to achieve success.

KickStart Bursaries and Grants are open to Indigenous students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander background and non-Indigenous students.

KickStart is aimed at ensuring students in need receive appropriate assistance when they need it.

KickStart Equity and Financial Aid Bursaries include:

  • Education Costs;
  • Relocation or Accommodation;
  • Dr Mary Atkinson Scholarship (Indigenous students only);
  • Indigenous Commonwealth Access; and
  • Placement Bursary.

KickStart Grants include:

  • Book Grants

Other grants will be added during 2015

NOTE:  As the VTAC application process has closed for a 2015 KickStart Equity and Financial Aid Bursary, there will be a second round.  If you did not apply through VTAC, please contact us  providing your full name, student ID #, course undertaking in 2015, campus attending, preferred telephone contact # and preferred email address

2015 KickStart Book Grant

If you are commencing your first semester of an undergraduate program of study in Semester 1, 2015 there will be an online application available late February.  As soon as the link to the application is available it will be posted on this webpage.  Should you have any queries please contact us.

Eligible students must be:

  • An Australian or New Zealand Citizen, Permanent Australian Resident or holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa;
  • Enrolled as a Higher Education student at a FedUni campus;
  • Commencing your first semester of an undergraduate program of study; and
  • Able to demonstrate financial hardship (you are required to be receiving a Centrelink benefit such as Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, Parenting payment, Disability Support payment, Newstart etc.while studying. This excludes the Family Tax Benefit Part A &/or Part B and the Low Income Health Care Card).

2015 FedUni KickStart Book Grant Guidelines (pdf, 56kb )

TAFE and International students are NOT eligible.

Contact us

Barb Bennett - Scholarships, Bursaries and Student Grants Office
Phone: (03) 5327 9340 | Email: equityscholarships@federation.edu.au

Post-graduate scholarships

 TAFE scholarships

Research scholarships

School-specific scholarships

Other scholarship

External scholarships

Please explore this section as it covers a wide range of scholarships.

Centrelink information

Youth Allowance - Start-up and Relocation Scholarships

Significant changes have been made over the last few years to Youth Allowance, meaning many more students are eligible for financial assistance. Contact the Centrelink information service to find out more details or go to the Human Services website 

Make sure you check your eligibility!

  • For Youth Allowance, parental income levels are up to $150,000. For information visit the Human Services website.

  • The age of independence for Youth Allowance is 22 effective 1 January 2012.

  • Student Start-up Scholarships are available for Higher Education students who receive income support through Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy - two half yearly payments of $1,025 in 2015.  For information visit the Human Services website.

  • Relocation Scholarships are available to eligible university students who have had to relocate to study and are receiving income support as dependents through Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY. For eligible students from regional areas, the 2015 values will be $4,269 in the first year required to live away from home to study, $2,135 in each of the second and third year and $1,067 in fourth or subsequent year of study. For eligible students from major cities, the 2014 values will now be $4,269 in the first year of living away and $1,067 in subsequent years of study. For information visit the Human Services website.

For more information contact Centrelink on 13 24 90.

If you are having difficulty in understanding or accessing Centrelink services our Student Advisory Service can provide assistance. You can contact the Service on 5327 6105 or email studentadviser@federation.edu.au.