Indigenous Education Costs Scholarships

  • Round 1 Applications closed at 09:00am 11 Mar 2020
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    18 Mar 2020
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: $1000+
  • Duration: 1 year scholarship (students can reapply each year)

Equity and Merit Scholarships and Grants
The ISSP Education Cost Scholarship is to assist students with the initial set up and ongoing educational costs of university.

Am I Eligible?

This scholarship has different components you can apply for. To be eligible you need to meet the eligibility criteria of both the overarching and specific criteria.

Overarching criteria:

  1. an Indigenous Australian citizen;
  2. studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree as an active student;
  3. enrolled in a Charles Sturt course as a Commonwealth supported student in a Commonwealth supported place;
  4. a commencing or continuing student. Continuing students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (pass grade average);
  5. Full time or Part time
  6. not be in receipt of the Centrelink Student Start up Loan
  7. in financial need:
    • in receipt of an eligible means tested Centrelink Benefit or
    • able to demonstrate financial hardship.

Priority will be awarded to Indigenous students from remote or regional areas.

Specific criteria - Commencing Students

Specific criteria - Continuing Students

  • Technology component $1500 
    • Commencing student only (not received any other grant for the purpose)
    • Once only payment
  • Textbook component $1000 
    • Commencing student only (not received any other grant for this purpose)
    • Once only payment
  • Education Costs $2300 yearly
    • (part-time receives a pro-rata payment based on enrolment)
    • General costs of attending university
    • Yearly scholarship
  • Education Costs $2800 yearly
    • General costs of attending university
    • Yearly scholarship
    • (part-time receives a pro-rata payment based on enrolment)

Applicants must not be receiving or have received a payment from any other source for the same purpose of education costs.


Download the 2020 Indigenous Student Assistance Grant Guidelines [PDF]
(includes Indigenous Education Costs Scholarships)

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the purpose of relocating or accommodation you may not be eligible for this scholarship.

How do I know if I'm in financial need?

A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or are in financial hardship. Supporting documentation will be required to demonstrate financial need.

Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?

Yes you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the closing date. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

An email notification will be sent by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made be EFT to your nominated bank account or in some cases onto your student account or by voucher.

How do I register my bank details with Charles Sturt?

Register your bank details with Charles Sturt via online administration.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the Scholarship Office immediately by emailing Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, the Scholarship office may reassess your eligibility.

Will I receive a scholarship/grant if I meet all of the eligibility criteria?

Charles Sturt receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and Grants, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.

If I have received an Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship, can I apply for another one??

If you have been paid the full 8 periods of payment, you cannot receive another allocation of this scholarship

How to Apply

Round 1 applications closed at 09:00am 11 Mar 2020

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