General bursaries are a form of financial support for eligible domestic students.
If you're an international student, you may be eligible if you've experienced extenuating circumstances. Alternately, you can apply for a financial support voucher.
Students who have been directly affected by a natural disaster and require financial support may also be eligible for a general bursary.
A bursary is a type of scholarship awarded on the basis of financial need, designed to help cover essential living and study expenses (apart from fees and non-essential items). General bursaries are available to undergraduate and postgraduate students who meet the eligibility criteria or who are able to demonstrate extenuating circumstances. If you apply for any form of financial support, you will automatically be considered for a general bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria.
All students are eligible to apply once per semester, with a limit of two applications per year. You must provide supporting documents to demonstrate your financial hardship.
You are eligible to apply for a general bursary if you:
If you’re studying less than this full-time load due to a disability and you’re receiving the Disability Support Pension (DSP), you can apply for a bursary provided you meet the other eligibility criteria.
If you’re studying less than this full-time load for any other reason, you can apply for a bursary provided you meet the other eligibility criteria, but will qualify for 50% of the maximum amount of bursary.
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.
You will need to supply proof of address in an identified natural disaster affected area, along with proof of financial situation (eg. Bank statement) and outline how the natural disaster has had a significant impact on you and your household.
Contact us by submitting a financial support enquiry if you need more advice.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and do not meet the above criteria, in extenuating circumstances you may be able to access bursary assistance; for example if you've been referred to Financial Support Services by the Student Counselling Service, Disability Support Services, the Gadigal Centre, the Fees Office, a Student Liaison Officer or an Associate Dean, Student Life. If you're unsure whether you qualify, you can ask us by submitting a financial support enquiry.
To be considered for financial support, you need to provide the following supporting documents in your application:
All bank account statements need to be in PDF format and contain:
Screenshots, photos or CSV files of bank statements will not be accepted.
You don’t need to provide your academic transcript.
It is important to upload all relevant supporting documents or your application will be declined. You will need to reapply which will lead to a delay in processing your application. You cannot update your application after you submit it.
You need to follow these steps to apply for financial support.
In your application, you will need to:
If your current aggregate bank account balance does not indicate an immediate need for financial support with your living expenses, you will need to submit a personal statement. This will need to clearly outline your current financial need, what expenses the financial support would cover, and why the need has arisen. The personal statement needs to be submitted as a single Microsoft Word document. Alternatively, you may re-apply at a later date.
You can apply once per semester if necessary. If your application is successful you cannot apply again until the following semester. If your application is unsuccessful, you can re-apply if your financial situation worsens.
We expect all students to provide genuine, truthful evidence of financial hardship. Providing misleading information such as transferring funds to a hidden account is in breach of the Student Charter and will be dealt with accordingly. Such conduct is a very serious matter. It also increases the processing time of applications for all students and may delay the granting of funds to students in genuine need.
We process applications in the order in which they are received. You need to check your University email address regularly after applying as we may contact you on your University email if further information is required.
Most applications are processed within three weeks, provided all your documents are included. After your application has been assessed you will receive a recommendation in Sydney Student .
If your application is successful, follow the prompts in the message to enable your payment. Payments will be made to your nominated bank account within 4 to 10 working days. Make sure your bank details are correct in Sydney Student (go to ‘My finance’, ‘Your finances’, then ‘Bank details’).
If your application is unsuccessful and your financial situation worsens and you are unable to afford your rent, food or essential living expenses, you will be able to lodge another application for consideration.
If you have questions about the outcome, contact the Office of Student Life online by submitting a financial support enquiry.