Am I eligible for a scholarship?

There are many scholarships available through the VTAC and you don’t have to apply for a course to apply for scholarships. You can be enrolled or already studying and still apply for scholarships through us.

Everyone should apply for scholarships. Why? There are so many available, you may not know what you’re eligible for. The application will only take you half an hour and it may mean that you are offered a scholarship to help with fees, accommodation, study costs or even relocation from a regional area to complete studies. A list of scholarships offered by VTAC institutions can be found here on the website, and are updated on a regular basis when new scholarships become available.

Types of scholarships

Through VTAC there are three different types of Scholarships available.

Access and Equity
Scholarships for students who may be experiencing financial difficulties, Indigenous Australians and equity and access groups defined by each institution. If you are applying for SEAS, you should apply for an Access and Equity Scholarship.

Commonwealth Scholarships
These are scholarships awarded by the government, for a number of different reasons.

Merit Scholarships
Awarded to students for academic achievement who have completed Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in the year prior to undertaking further study. Some scholarships are based on both Merit and Access and Equity.

Applying for scholarships

You only have to apply once and the application form is available on your VTAC User Account. To apply for scholarships outside the VTAC process, you will need to apply directly to the institution or organisation who is awarding the scholarship.

What will I be asked?

You will be asked a range of questions and may be asked to provide an Impact Statement on those that apply to you. They may include:

●    Community and leadership experiences
●    Difficult circumstances that have affected your education
●    Whether or not you have been a refugee
●    Medical conditions or disabilities that have affected your education
●    How a scholarship will benefit your studies

You will be prompted to provide a Statement of Support to back up and support your Impact Statement.

Providing Supporting Documentation

There are a few options available to you in supplying Scholarship documentation and statements of support. Firstly, you can submit these in hardcopy by printing a coversheet from your User Account and posting them together to the VTAC Office. Alternatively, you can generate a one-time login for someone else to complete an online statement of support from the Scholarship application screen.

You also have the option of scanning and uploading documents in PDF or JPEG format on the SEAS application screen. Please note; PDFs must not be saved as ‘Secure PDF’ documents. If you are having trouble uploading a PDF, please check for the word Secure in the file name (see below) and if it appears print the document and scan again as a JPEG.

Closing dates

VTAC accepts Scholarship applications until 5pm on Friday 16 October 2015. For more information, visit the Scholarships page on the VTAC website.

So if you’re still trying to work out if you’re eligible for a scholarship, the only way to know for sure is to apply!

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