Victoria’s Swinburne University has announced more scholarships to aid more people in gaining further education.
Scholarships are a great way for school students who excel in their Year 12 exams or other school leavers with financial difficulties, to get assistance to pursue their higher education goals.
While many of our universities, TAFEs and colleges offer scholarships to school leavers, the number of places are limited and generally only available to students achieving a minimum tertiary entrance score (ATAR). The minimum varies according to the scholarship applied for, and at which education institution.
Nevertheless, while a limited number of scholarships are offered by our education institutions, the Australian Education Network (AEN) says that there are numerous scholarships also offered by governments, private organisations and benefactors.
Just this week Victoria’s Swinburne University of Technology has announced it is boosting its funding available for scholarships. The total funds allocated to scholarship students in 2015 is now a whopping $2 million!
The increase in funding means the university will more than double the total number of scholarships available in 2015 to number 250. Check out information on Swinburne’s scholarships.
Feedback from Swinburne’s students indicated that they most valued financial support to help meet living expenses. In response to that, some changes have been implemented and Swinburne proudly state, “Importantly, our scholarship program is different from some other universities in that it offers successful students cash-in-hand” to aid them in areas outside of tuition costs.
Access and equity is also top of the agenda for Swinburne in boosting the number of scholarships which will be available next year.
Swinburne has said its expanded scholarship program is aimed at providing “access and equity” to ensure university is an option for all students.
“Swinburne believes access to university should not be limited by personal circumstances and therefore recognises and supports community service, financial disadvantage and the need to relocate to study from regional areas through a wide variety of scholarships,” said Swinburne’s Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost, Professor Jennelle Kyd.
As well as support for scholarship students studying in Australia, Swinburne also offers financial support for scholarship recipients looking to study overseas.
Additionally, students are able to find out what scholarships are on offer nationally by the Australian Government itself by visiting the federal Department of Education’s StudyAssist website.
The website lists some of the major scholarships and other government financial assistance available to Australian and international students. Undergraduate and postgraduate level courses are included in different study areas.