Read the information below and on the Equity Scholarships page before you start an Equity Scholarships application. Click on a link to expand.

Go to the Undergraduate Apply page to begin an Equity Scholarships application.

Equity Scholarships are university-funded. They support undergraduate students with low socioeconomic status who can show financial disadvantage.

You can apply for the University of South Australia Study Grant through SATAC.

More information about the Grant is in the following fact sheet.

University of South Australia Study Grant criteria (29KB PDF)

There are usually more applicants than scholarships, so SATAC will rank eligible applicants. We will use UniSA's selection criteria to determine the rank order. 

You are not guaranteed a scholarship even if you meet the eligibility criteria.

Check the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website for information about scholarships and tax. The website includes a tool to help you check whether your scholarship is tax exempt.

For further information, contact the ATO enquiry line on 13 28 61.

Indigenous students may be eligible for Commonwealth or Aboriginal Group Scholarships through UniSA.

SATAC’s institutions also offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries for Indigenous Australians. Contact the Indigenous unit at the relevant institution for more information.

Before the census date contact SATAC for advice.

After the census date contact the University scholarships office for information.

Current SATAC applicants will need their SATAC undergraduate reference number. Continuing UniSA students will need their current UniSA student number and course details.

If you receive a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment you will need:

  • your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN), or
  • your Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) file number
  • The CRN or DVA file number must be your own, not your parent's or partner's.

If you do not receive a Commonwealth means-tested support payment you will need:

  • the names, dates of birth and income details for the last two financial years for all family members (including partners) in your household

You must complete and save all the sections listed in black in the left-hand menu of your application. Once complete, every menu item will show either a green tick or circle next. You will then be able to select the submit button.

Yes, we'll send you an Equity Scholarships acknowledgement email. Contact SATAC if you don't receive the email within one week of applying.

If your contact details have changed, you will need to update them. To access your application, go to My Application and log in.

If your name is incorrect or has changed, let SATAC know in writing. You should include your SATAC Equity Scholarships reference number on your correspondence.

If you applied for a Centrelink benefit after submitting your application you can add your CRN or DVA file number via My Application.

If your CRN, DVA file number or income information is incorrect, you can change it via My Application.

If your circumstances or details change after the census date or after receiving a scholarship, let UniSA know.

Your Customer Reference Number (CRN) is your unique Centrelink identifier. It has nine numbers followed by a letter e.g. 222 555 999H.

You will find your CRN in the top left side of any letters sent to you by Centrelink. It's usually next to the word 'Reference'. You can also find it on concession cards next to 'CRN'.

Don’t assume that the CRN is the number you use to log on to Centrelink online services.

If you do not have any recent letters from Centrelink, you will need to contact them to get your CRN.

A means-tested Centrelink payment is one that is subject to an income and assets test (e.g. Youth Allowance).

  Type
AGE AGE PENSION
AUS AUSTUDY
ABA SCHOOLING A APPLICANT
ABT SCHOOLING A STUDENT
ABY SECONDARY/TERTIARY
CAR CARER PAYMENT
DSP DISABILITY SUPPORT PENSION
ECP EXCEPTIONAL CIRCUMSTANCES PAYMENT
EIC ASSISTANCE FOR ISOLATED CHILDREN
FFR FARM FAMILY RESTART SCHEME
FHS FARM HOUSEHOLD SUPPORT
JSP JOB SEEKER PAYMENT
MAA MATURE AGE ALLOWANCE
MPA MATURE PARTNER ALLOWANCE
NMA NEWSTART MATURE AGE ALLOWANCE
NSA NEWSTART ALLOWANCE
PPS PARENTING PAYMENT SINGLE
PPP PARENTING PAYMENT
PTA PARTNER ALLOWANCE
SKA SICKNESS ALLOWANCE
SPL SPECIAL BENEFIT
WDA WIDOW ALLOWANCE
WFA WIFE PENSION AGE
WFD WIFE PENSION DSP
WID WIDOW PENSION
YAL YOUTH ALLOWANCE
YTA YOUTH TRAINING ALLOWANCE

Note that:

  • Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or B do not qualify as means-tested support payments for an Equity Scholarship application.
  • You must be receiving the benefit in your own name, not in the name of a parent of partner.
  • You will not be eligible for the University of South Australia Study Grant if you receive:
  • a Commonwealth Scholarship(s)
  • a Relocation Scholarship from Centrelink, or
  • any other UniSA-related scholarship or grant

SATAC uses your Centrelink data to check eligibility for Equity Scholarships. We will not access, use, change, disclose or keep information or data about any Centrelink customer (including the Customer Reference Number or CRN), except in performing our official duties of assessing scholarship eligibility.

SATAC will only request data from Centrelink if you consent to us doing so in your application. If you do not provide consent, then you will need to provide income history documentation.

Contact Centrelink for information about applying for a Centrelink benefit.

If you receive a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment you won't need to provide information about your income history.

If you do not receive a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment you will need to:

  • provide the name and date of birth of everyone in your household/family, including children and/or siblings
  • list the past two financial years’ income for each individual (yourself included)

SATAC will request evidence of the income details you provide.

For those listed with an income of $18,201 or above, you will need to provide certified copies of the relevant Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment.

For those listed with an income of $0 to $18,200, you will need to provide a statutory declaration stating that the income you have listed is true and correct.

You must also provide documentary proof of any partnership or trust income entered.

UniSA will send offers after the census date. 

If you don't receive a scholarship offer the University or SATAC will notify you after the census date.

UniSA will provide information about the payments process. You will receive scholarship payments from the University. You will not receive any payments before the census date in each scholarship period.

For more information about payment procedures contact the University.

Details about the scholarships available are under What scholarships are available?

No. If you meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship, and the scholarship is still offered, then you won't need to apply again.

You might need to provide documentation each year to check your continuing eligibility. Your university will contact you to provide this information.

SATAC's partner institutions provide a range of scholarships and grants to assist students. Contact the institutions for more information about the scholarships on offer.