Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

Application process

Complete the online application via UAC.

  • Session 3, 2021 applications close 16 November, 2021.

Number available

To be advised.


$1,402 per half year for up to four years (2021 value, indexed annually). Scholarships commencing in the second half of a year will receive only the one half year payment in that year.
See Information for recipients for details about general conditions and payments.

Course of study

  • Any undergraduate degree
  • Studying full-time (part-time may be considered)
  • Must be enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place

Selection criteria

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status

For the purposes of the assessment of Indigenous commonwealth scholarship, a person will be considered to be an Indigenous person where:

  • Is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent and
  • Identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and
  • Is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.


Applicants must be an Australian Citizen

Low socio-economic status

Applicants must meet the criteria for low socio-economic status by demonstrating one of the following:

  • Receiving or expecting to receive a Centrelink means-tested income support payment (such as ABSTUDY, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment Single, Carer Payment etc.)
  • Provide evidence of exception financial hardship
  • Dependent students aged between 16-20 years whose parent/guardian was in receipt of Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A in the year before commencing studies at SCU.

Non eligibility

You are not eligible for consideration if you:

  • Already hold a bachelor's degree or higher level award, unless the award you hold is a prerequisite to the course you are enrolled in (or will be enrolled in).
  • Will be receiving a Student Start-Up Scholarship in 2017 or a Centrelink Income-contingent loan.

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