Skip to main content

Financial support

If you experience financial difficulties that impact on your studies, you may be able to apply for financial support. The University has a number of bursaries and interest-free loans to assist with essential study and living costs.

Overview

If you meet eligibility criteria and there are sufficient funds available, you can apply and be awarded financial support once per semester during your studies to help in emergencies or financial difficulty.

The support is not intended as a regular source of income. You should access financial advice from the Financial Rights Legal Centre or MoneySmart if you experience ongoing financial hardship.

Financial support can be used for essential living and study expenses including:

  • textbooks, readers and journals
  • laptops and IT equipment
  • bond and rent payments
  • phone, electricity and gas bills
  • medical and dental bills
  • travel and accommodation costs for compulsory placements.

Bursaries and loans will not be provided for:

  • payment of HECS or tuition fees including Summer/Winter School fees
  • payment of compulsory subscriptions
  • purchase of cars
  • holidays
  • financial penalties such as traffic and library fines
  • non-essential expenses.
icon

If you have been directly affected by a natural disaster and require financial support we encourage you to apply for a general bursary.  You are eligible if you are enrolled at the University of Sydney, have been directly affected by a recent natural disaster, and are experiencing financial difficulties. Find out more about what you'll need to apply.

Types of support available


Bursaries are awarded to students on the basis of financial need, through trusts set up by private benefactors or the University. There are two types of bursaries available – general bursaries and advertised bursaries.

If you receive a bursary, you do not need to pay it back. However, we do encourage you to make a donation later (once you have graduated and found employment) to ensure future students also have access to this financial support.

Interest free loans are available to help cover your living and study expenses, and need to be repaid.

Bursaries explained


Learn to manage your money

We have some useful information to help you manage your finances as a student and tips on resources that might help you cut your costs.

Financial Support Service

Address
  • Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Have a question?
Last updated: 29 July 2022

Website feedback

Tell us if you’ve spotted a typo or something else wrong with this page.

Thank you

Your feedback has been sent.

Sorry there was a problem sending your feedback. Please try again

You should only use this form to send feedback about the content on this webpage – we will not respond to other enquiries made through this form. If you have an enquiry or need help with something else such as your enrolment, course etc you can contact the Student Centre.

Cancel