RMIT Study Support Scholarship

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

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Semester 1 applicants: the RMIT Study Support Scholarship provides $3,000 for one year for full-time study and $1,500 for one year for part-time study, paid as a stipend via fortnightly payments.

Semester 2 applicants: the RMIT Study Support Scholarship provides $1,500 for one semester for full-time study and $750 for one semester for part-time study, 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 2023 in a certificate IV, diploma, 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
    • having a long-term medical condition or disability 
    • 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

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

Supporting documentation

Before you begin your application, please visit Supporting Your Application for more information about supporting your application with evidence and answering application questions.

Find out more about applying for scholarships.

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 are now closed.

This scholarship will next be offered for Semester 2, 2023, with applications opening 15 May 2023.

Applications for Semester 1, 2023 are now closed.

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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