RMIT Study Support Scholarship

For students who can demonstrate circumstances impacting their education; worth up to $3,000.

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Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024

Semester 1 applicants: This scholarship provides $3,000 for one year for full-time enrolled students and $1,500 for one year for part-time enrolled students, paid as a stipend via fortnightly payments.

Semester 2 applicants: This scholarship provides $1,500 for one semester for full-time enrolled students and $750 for one semester for part-time enrolled students, paid as a stipend via fortnightly payments.

A limited number of scholarships will be offered for the standard full-time duration of your program.

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, an Australian permanent resident or a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • be enrolling in semester 1 2025 in a certificate IV, diploma, undergraduate degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT 
  • be enrolling in a program with a duration of at least one semester
  • be able to demonstrate circumstance/s which impact your ability to study such as:
    • receiving a government tested low income benefit or having a Centrelink Health Care Card
    • living with a disability, long-term medical condition or identify as neurodiverse
    • experiencing personal/family/social difficulties
    • be from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as
      • were born overseas, are from a non-English background and recently migrated to Australia
      • current or former refugee
      • completed secondary school at a School Network Access Program school
  • not have previously completed the same level of program or higher, e.g. if you plan to study a Bachelor of Architectural Design, you should not have previously completed another bachelor degree

If you are a certificate IV or diploma student you must also:

  • have a government-subsidised place
  • not be enrolled in an apprenticeship or traineeship program.

If you are a degree or honours student you must:

  • have a Commonwealth-supported place

Note: if you have already been enrolled at RMIT for the minimum number of credit points or years to graduate (standard full-time duration) you are ineligible to apply for this scholarship.

It is preferred that you apply direct to RMIT for this scholarship.

Direct to RMIT applications

The online application form will be made available here when applications open. 

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

Applications for Semester 1, 2025 open 1 August 2024.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions (PDF, 698KB).

Successful recipients are paid this scholarship as a stipend (fortnightly payments) and not as a lump sum. It is impractical to expect to use this scholarship to pay tuition fees.

Quotes from past recipients:

"Since I got scholarship, I spend more time on my study. Before I used to work as well study but it was very hard to give time to my study. Now because of scholarship I'm financially stable and can focus on study" - Advanced Diploma of Engineering student

"The benefits of this scholarship to me was that I can focus more on studying, gaining more knowledge and hopefully obtain better results. I intend to use my scholarship for buying materials and textbooks for my course. I will also use it to fund for my travels on public transport to and from university. It will assist me in achieving academic success by being able to afford materials such as a stethoscope, nursing dictionaries and textbooks." - Diploma of Nursing student

Find out how to contact the Coursework Scholarships Office.

Notice to applicants

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Only successful candidates will be notified via email to their RMIT student account.

For information about other financial assistance available to RMIT students, please speak to one of our Student Welfare Advisors.

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