Cedar Pacific Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship
For Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who need to relocate to study at RMIT in Melbourne; provides assistance for student accommodation
In 2021 the scholarship provided a subsidy in UniLodge Royal Melbourne in a standard studio for up to three years. Students applying for semester 2 2021 needed to commit to reside at UniLodge Royal Melbourne for a minimum of one semester.
If you demonstrated financial disadvantage in your scholarship application, then the full weekly cost was subsidised by this scholarship (worth $17,420).
If you did not demonstrate financial disadvantage in your scholarship application, then you were required to pay $3120 per semester ($120/week).
If recipients decide to move out after one semester of living at UniLodge Royal Melbourne they may receive an RMIT Indigenous Accommodation Scholarship, worth $5200 per year (for successful recipients who demonstrated financial disadvantage in their scholarship application) or $2600 (for successful recipients who did not demonstrate financial disadvantage in their scholarship application) for full-time enrolled students continuing study at RMIT.
- if you are going to study at Bundoora campus, please be aware that it can take over 1.5 hours to travel by public transport from the city and is not a suitable accommodation option. Please instead review the UniLodge@ RMIT Bundoora Accommodation Scholarship
The amounts for 2022 are not yet confirmed.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:
- be an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
- be an Australian citizen
- be relocating from interstate rural/regional Victoria to study at RMIT in semester 2 2021 for the first time
- be commencing full time study in the standard semester 1 2022 in a certificate IV, diploma, degree or postgraduate by coursework program at RMIT
- have not commenced or completed the same or higher level of award
- register with RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre and provide documentation showing that you are an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander by the application close date
If you are a certificate IV or diploma student you must:
- not be in an apprenticeship or traineeship program.
Applications can be submitted direct to RMIT or through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) however, 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. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.
Find out more about applying for scholarships.
Apply online through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) website (www.vtac.edu.au).
Before you begin your application, please visit Supporting Your Application for more information about supporting your application with evidence and answering application questions. This also website also provides what are suitable forms of evidence for demonstrating financial disadvantage.
If you are applying as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person you are required to establish eligibility for this scholarship by providing supporting documentation confirming that you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Submit your documentation direct to RMIT’s Ngarara Willim Centre Centre via email@example.com by the application close date. Information on suitable forms of confirmation documentation can be found on Ngarara Willim’s eligibility website: https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/support-and-facilities/student-support/aboriginal-and-torres-strait-islander-students/eligibility
If you cannot provide the required confirmation documentation by the scholarship application due date, please review the RMIT Accommodation Scholarship , Atira Accommodation Support Scholarship, Iglu Accommodation Support Scholarship or Journal Accommodation Support Scholarship whose eligibility is based on financial and educational circumstances.
View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.
Successful students move into the UniLodge Royal Melbourne and have a lease of up to 26 weeks (must exit by the end of 2022). The scholarship covers the cost of the accommodation rent (which includes water, gas and electricity) at UniLodge Royal Melbourne. It does not cover food, internet, telephone, bond, bed and kitchen packs, activities, parking or departure cleaning fees. Students are required to vacate by the end of 2021, and will be charged a cleaning fee.
Bond/Security deposit: successful students will be required to pay a bond or a security deposit with the student accommodation provider prior to moving in. This will be refunded to students at the end of the contract following an apartment inspection and clearance of all relevant payments to the accommodation provider.
Students will also be charged an exit 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.
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 their RMIT student email account.