Scape Accommodation Support Scholarship

For students who need to relocate to study at RMIT in Melbourne; provides a rental subsidy worth up to $12,133

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Applications are now open

In semester *1 2023 the scholarship will be paid in the form of a rental subsidy for either:

  • standard studio apartment at Scape Swanston worth up to *$24,225. After the subsidy, successful recipients will be required to pay rent of *$237.50 per week. Recipients may choose between a *51-week (full year) or a *25-week (single semester) lease agreement. The total student contribution is *$12,113 for a *full year or *$6,056 for a *single semester.
  • a king single room in a 6 Bedroom apartment at Scape La Trobe worth up to *$19,839. After the subsidy, successful recipients will be required to pay rent of *$194.50 per week. Recipients may choose between a *51-week (full year) or a *25-week (single semester) lease agreement. The total student contribution is *$9,920 for a *full year or *$4,960 for a *single semester.

This scholarship is for one year only. Students may be able to continue to live at Scape but will not be eligible for another accommodation scholarship after their scholarship has finished.

*The scholarship for 2023 is not yet confirmed.

*The value and duration of the scholarship for 2023 is still to be confirmed, and the above may be subject to changes.

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 from an interstate or rural/regional area and moving/moved to Melbourne to study at RMIT
  • be enrolling full time in semester 1 2023 in a certificate IV, diploma, degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT
  • not already be committed to a student accommodation provider under a lease agreement in 2023
  • 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
    • have previously/are currently living in foster/kinship care or are a ward of the state
    • be from an under-represented background such as
      • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
      • 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
  • have not previously commenced or completed a program at the same level of study or higher.

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

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

Preference will be given to students commencing a program at RMIT for the first time.

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

Direct to RMIT applications

Complete the online application by the close date. Partial applications will not be assessed.

VTAC applications

Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (www.vtac.edu.au).

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 are now open.

Applications close 11:59PM Sunday 16 October 2022. No late applications will be accepted.

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

Bond: Successful recipients will be required to pay a bond (*$950 for Scape Swanston / *$778 for Scape La Trobe) prior to moving in, in line with the requirements of the Rental Tenancies Act (Vic.). This will be refunded at the end of the contract following an apartment inspection and clearance of all relevant payments to the accommodation provider.

The scholarship covers half of the weekly rent (which includes 24/7 reception, all utilities, fully furnished rooms, safety app, and curated lifestyle and wellness programs) at Scape Swanston. It does not include food, telephone, bond, bed and kitchen packs, activities or departure cleaning fees. At the end of the tenancy, students are required to pay a departure cleaning fee.

If you are paying rent and want to cancel your lease agreement, you are required to continue paying all your rent charges until a new resident can be secured or the contract ends, whichever comes first.

*The scholarship for 2023 is not yet confirmed.

*The value and duration of the scholarship for 2023 is still to be confirmed, and the above may be subject to changes.

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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