Scholarships and grants

Commonwealth government support

If you are a full-time student undertaking an approved course delivered by an approved higher education provider and are receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance, you can receive the Student Start-Up Loan.

The Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan available to eligible full time students. It is not paid automatically. If you want a loan, you have to apply for it. Loans are tax free. You have to repay the loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when your income exceeds the minimum repayment threshold, as you would with Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) debts. In 2017, the Student Start-up Loan was worth $1,035 for each 6 months of eligible study.

The Relocation Scholarship will be paid to eligible dependent Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance Centrelink customers to help with the costs of living away from home to study. To qualify for this payment, you must be studying full-time in an approved scholarship course, and be in receipt of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a full-time student, and be a dependent person who has to live away from home to study, or be assessed as independent under specific scholarship independence criteria. In 2017, the amount of the Relocation Scholarship varied depending on where you live and the year of study being undertaken.

For further information on the Student Start-Up Scholarship and the Relocation Scholarship, visit

Information about other scholarships and awards that may be available to undergraduate students can be found at

Institution scholarships and grants

Many of SATAC's participating institutions provide a range of scholarships and grants to assist students financially. Further information is available from their respective websites.


TAFE SA provides a range of scholarships and grants to eligible students to help with the costs of study. For more information visit TAFE SA's scholarships and grants website

Charles Darwin University

Charles Darwin University has a number of scholarships available each year for undergraduate, postgraduate, international and Indigenous students, supported and donated by community organisations, businesses, government and individual sponsors. For more information visit the university's scholarships website.

Flinders University

Flinders University offers a wide range of scholarships to new and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit or demonstrated financial need. For more information visit the university's scholarships website.

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide provides a range of scholarships for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Scholarships are also available to assist undergraduate students who are in financial need, including rural and Indigenous students. A number of privately sponsored scholarships are also available to both commencing and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. For more information visit the university's scholarships website

University of South Australia

The University of South Australia provides a range of scholarships to high achieving students as well as students in financial need. Scholarships relevant to each of the University’s academic Divisions are also available to undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students. For more information visit the university's scholarships website

CQUniversity Australia

CQUniversity has a number of scholarships available to support students throughout their education and training. Scholarships exist to provide equity and financial support and assistance for our Indigenous students. CQUniversity also has a large number of scholarships offered by community and industry partners. For
more information on how to apply and closing dates please visit the university's scholarships website

Torrens University Australia

Each year Torrens University Australia awards some of Australia’s most talented students a full tuition undergraduate scholarship to help them reach their career goals. Undergraduate scholarships are offered for February 2018 intake and include competitive full tuition scholarships, equity scholarships, Indigenous Access scholarships and the Vice-Chancellor Scholarship for Outstanding Students. For more information and to apply visit the university's scholarships website.

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