What are Equity Scholarships?
Equity Scholarships (ES) assist disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study.
Equity Scholarships are awarded to students from low-socio-economic backgrounds, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.
There are two types of Equity Scholarships:
■ Institution Equity Scholarships (IES): these are funded by individual institutions and their value, eligibility criteria and duration differ between institutions. Details of the IES available are on pages 18–82.
■ Commonwealth Scholarships (CS): these are funded by the Australian Government and are not covered in this booklet. See the inside front cover for information about Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships through UAC and visit www.uac.edu.au/equity/commonwealth.
Am I eligible for IES?
In order to be considered eligible for Institution Equity Scholarships, you must already be enrolled at or applying for admission to an institution in any of the following ways:
■ applying through UAC for admission as an undergraduate, postgraduate or international student
■ applying for admission directly to an institution (a direct applicant)
■ applying for admission through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). See the table on page 8 for more information about which institutions accept Equity Scholarships through UAC.
Institutions make IES offers to applicants demonstrating the greatest level of need, in a competitive application process.
When awarding IES, institutions will consider any specific requirements for individual scholarships, which can be found on pages 18–82.
Most institutions will award Equity Scholarships to applicants who are receiving Centrelink income support payments and/or who can demonstrate additional types of disadvantage listed on pages 3-7.
Being eligible doesn’t guarantee a scholarship
Meeting Institution Equity Scholarships eligibility criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship. There are limited Equity Scholarships and there are more applicants than scholarships.
As part of a competitive application process, you are ranked against the eligibility criteria, and institutions award scholarships to applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.
If you are unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need.
Download the application guide here.
Who can apply?
You can apply for an Equity Scholarship through UAC if you're a currently enrolled student, or hope to receive an offer of admission in 2016–17 to one or more of our participating institutions (See in the "Further official information" below this article). Applications remain open from August until July the following year.
For more information click "Further official information" below.