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Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship 2017-2018

Application process

Complete the online application via UAC.

  • Session 3, 2017 applications opened 3 August 2016 and close 17 October 2017
  • Session 1, 2018 applications opened 2 August 207 and close 28 February 2018
  • Session 2, 2018 applications opened 2 August 2017 and close 19 June 2018

Number available

  • Session 3, 2017: 3 available
  • Session 1, 2018: 7 available
  • Session 2, 2018: 3 available

Course of study

Preparing for Success, any campus, and studying full-time (part-time may be considered).


$1318 one-off payment (2017 value, indexed annually).

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 for the applicant 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 2016 or a Centrelink Income-contingent loan.

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