Melbourne Access Scholarship

The Melbourne Access Scholarship is offered to undergraduate students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances.

Application type

No application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Benefit type

Bi-annual payment
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student

Total value

up to $15,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 200

  • Eligibility & selection criteria

    Eligibility

    To be eligible for this scholarship, you need to:

    • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or a New Zealand citizen
    • have completed Year 12 or International Baccalaureate in Australia
    • not have completed subjects undertaken as part of a tertiary course
    • have applied for a University of Melbourne undergraduate degree via VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) for commencement in the year following completion of Year 12 or International Baccalaureate
    • meet the Access Melbourne entry requirements for the University of Melbourne course nominated in your VTAC application

    Selection criteria

    This scholarship is offered to eligible candidates who have the highest overall level of disadvantage based on the information provided in their VTAC SEAS application and their Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).

    Conditions

    This scholarship is subject to the Coursework Scholarships Terms & Conditions and can be deferred to the following academic year.

    In addition, you must agree to give permission for the University to provide your name and course details to the donor of your scholarship and to provide a brief report on the benefits of the scholarship if requested.

  • Application process

    Students who have applied for Access Melbourne using the VTAC Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) will be automatically considered for this scholarship.

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Scholarship offers are made a few days after the Victorian Year 12 ATAR are released in December. Further offers are made in January and February to students who have completed IB or Year Twelve at an school outside Victoria.

  • Variations of this scholarship

    Eligible students are also considered to the following access scholarships:

    Alexander and Bridget Jones Memorial Scholarship

    Offered to students who are living and completed Year 12 at a school in a regional or remote area.

    Alice Glover Scholarship

    Offered to students who have completed Year 12 at an under-represented school.

    CHIP Foundation Scholarship

    Offered to students under the age of 17

    Class of 1976 Scholarship

    Offered to students who completed Year 12 at Noble Park Secondary School.

    Curren Engineering Scholarship

    Offered to students who intend to pursue a graduate degree by coursework in the field of Engineering.

    Fletcher Scholarship in Engineering

    Offered to students who intend to pursue a graduate degree by coursework in the field of Engineering.

    Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships

    Offered to students of Australian Indigenous descent.

    James Rapley Memorial Scholarship

    Offered to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science, who intend to live at a Residential College of the University of Melbourne.

    Jennifer Taplin Scholarship

    Offered to female students who are living and completed Year 12 at a school in a regional or remote area.

    John and Olga Lawless Ziegler Scholarship

    Offered to students who undertake studies in agricultural science

    Kim Letch-Stobart Family Scholarship

    Offered to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce.

    Melbourne Access Scholarship - Women into Engineering

    Offered to female students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science with a pathway to the Master of Engineering.

    Melbourne Accommodation Scholarship

    Offered to students from Australian States and Territories other than Victoria to assist with the cost of accommodation in Melbourne.

    Mildura Alumni Scholarship

    Awarded to students who are living and completed Year 12 at a school within a 250 km radius of Mildura.

    Ray and Violet Marshman Scholarship

    Offered to students who are living and completed Year 12 at a school in a regional and remote area.

    Shelley Phillips Scholarship

    Offered to female undergraduate students from regional and remote areas.

    William and Edith Taylor Indigenous Scholarship

    Offered to Australian Indigenous student from regional or remote areas

    Sir Samuel Wadham Rural Students Scholarship

    Offered to students who are living and completed Year 12 at a school in a regional and remote areas.

    Wodetzki Family Scholarship

    Offered to students who are experiencing disadvantaged circumstances.

What are the benefits?

An allowance of $5,000 per year for up to three years.

Ten high-achieving students will also receive a HECS Student Contribution exemption for the duration of their undergraduate degree course (excluding Honours degrees).

The duration will be extended with one year if you enrol in a Bachelor (Extended) course and/or a concurrent diploma at the same time as their Bachelor degree course at the University of Melbourne.

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