University of Sydney Access Scholarship

An undergraduate scholarship for non-recent school leavers
Assisting students experiencing financial hardship or other disadvantages to undertake undergraduate studies.


Value Eligibility Open date Close date
  • Australian citizen or permanent resident or a citizen of New Zealand
  • High academic achiever
  • Non-recent school leavers
  • Financial hardship or other disadvantage



How to apply

This scholarship will no longer be offered.


This scholarship is valued at $6000 per year for the normal full-time duration of your degree.

Who's eligible

You must:

  • be a non-recent school leaver
  • be currently enrolled at the University, or have the University of Sydney as one of your preferences in the next academic year
  • be receiving Youth Allowance or some other means-tested Commonwealth benefit, or expect to be under financial disadvantage within the next six months at the time of application
  • demonstrate one or more of the following:
    • carer responsibilities
    • Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student
    • long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse
    • refugee status
    • regional or remote disadvantage
    • sole parent responsibilities.
1. Eligibility

a. The University of Sydney Access Scholarships are awarded to non-school leavers who:

I. do not hold a tertiary degree or equivalent qualification,

II. apply for an Equity scholarship via the UAC online portal,

III. will enrol in an undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree,

IV. intend to commence or continue their studies in the year of offer; and

V. must demonstrate academic ability, financial hardships, and one or more of the followings:

i. carer responsibilities

ii. Indigenous Australian

iii. long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse

iv. refugee status

v. regional or remote disadvantage vi. sole-parent responsibilities

2. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $6,000 and is tenable for the normal full-time duration of the recipient's undergraduate degree, including combined undergraduate degrees and appended Honours (Agreed Program).

b. The Scholarship does not cover any Masters level courses in a double degree.

c. The scholarship will not be payable for any postgraduate studies, such as a Master of Nursing or Doctor of Medicine, undertaken as part of a double degree.

d. The Scholarship annual value will be paid in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

e. A confirmed offer of a Scholarship will normally be taken up by enrolment in the first year of the undergraduate degree or combined undergraduate degree in the year for which the offer is made. No deferment of the Scholarship is allowed.

f. The Scholarship is transferable to another undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney. Funding will only be provided for the original approved study duration less the period of studies already undertaken. Approval for the Scholarship transfer must be sought from the Scholarships Office.

g. The Scholarship may be suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office.

h. The Scholarship will be offered subject to the availability of funds.

i. No other amount is payable.

3. Ongoing eligibility

a. To continue receipt of the Scholarship, the recipient must maintain a minimum Semester Average Mark (SAM) of 65 each semester.

b. The scholarship recipient must enrol full-time in the agreed program during the tenure of their scholarship. Recipients may hold the scholarship part-time due to extenuating circumstances such as a medical condition which limits the student's capacity to undertake full-time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office for consideration. If a part-time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% of the amount of the normal semester payment.

c. Recipients undertaking an exchange during the tenure of this Scholarship are required to have achieved a Satisfied Requirements grade (SR) to receive their next payment.

4. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. commences part-time study without prior approval,

III. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance,

IV. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

V. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VI. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.