Frequently Asked Questions
What financial support is available?
The University offers loans and bursaries to assist students experiencing genuine financial hardship. The assistance is not intended to provide ongoing income support or payment of fees, but can help in emergencies or with expenses that can be hard to save for.
What types of things can I get assistance with?
The Financial Support Service provides assistance for essential living expenses such as housing bonds, rent, household bills, emergencies and medical expenses, and study expenses such as textbooks and equipment, thesis production, compulsory excursions and clinical placements.
Are there any bursaries for students with disabilities?
Yes. See Awards for Students with a Disability. You may also be eligible to apply for other Advertised Bursaries, and can apply for general Financial Support.
Other Scholarships are available through external organisations to assist students with disabilities. Click here for more information.
Can I get help to pay my tuition fees or compulsory subscriptions?
No. The Financial Support Service does not provide assistance for tuition fees and compulsory subscriptions. Please see above for the things assistance can be provided for.
What loans are available?
The Financial Support Service provides interest free loans of up to $2000 for local students and $1000 for International students. These loans a generally repayable within a year.
There are other loan funds available to students in specific faculties which may be repaid after graduation.
What is a bursary and how can I apply?
A bursary is an award or a grant, that may be awarded as part of a financial support package. Bursaries do not have to be repaid, however students who are awarded bursaries are asked to make a donation to University bursary funds when more financially secure, so that the bursary program can continue to assist future students.
Generally, to be eligible for a bursary you must be a full-time undergraduate student and, for most bursaries, be performing at credit level or higher. Students who are part-time because of a disability and are in receipt of the Disability Support Pension may also be eligible for bursary assistance.
When you apply for financial support your eligibility for bursary assistance will be assessed as part of the application process.
What are Advertised Bursaries and how do I apply for them?
Advertised bursaries are non-repayable grants, intended to help students who are in financial difficulty through trusts set up by private benefactors or the University of Sydney.
Applications are open to Australian citizens and permanent residents who are full-time undergraduate students. A small number of Advertised Bursaries are available to domestic, full-time, postgraduate students.
Applications are open once a year, generally from mid March to mid April for about 4 weeks. You will be advised of the outcome of your application within 6 weeks of the closing date, via a message to your Sydney Student intray. If successful, you will need to formally accept the award and update your bank detail in Sydney Student.
I am a Postgraduate student, what types of assistance are available to me?
As a domestic postgraduate student you are eligible to apply for an interest free loan of up to $2000 to assist with essential living and study related expenses. If you are travelling overseas on study related matters, we can assist you with a loan to cover these costs. A small number of Advertised Bursaries are available to domestic, full-time, postgraduate students.
International postgraduate students can apply for an interest free loan of up to $1000.
I am an International Student and would like to know what types of assistance I can apply for?
The Financial Support Service can provide on application a loan of up to $1000 to International Students for the following:
Essential living expenses such as housing bonds, rent, household bills, emergencies and medical expenses, study expenses such as textbooks and equipment, thesis production, compulsory excursions and clinical placements. Please note that any loans have to be paid back in 12 months or prior to graduation.
How do I apply for Financial Support.
I've had an appointment for Financial Support. How do I find out the outcome?
You will receive a message regarding the outcome to your Sydney Student Portal In-tray within a day or two. To get this message access the Portal via MyUni, using your UniKey and password. Click on the blue Sydney Student icon on the left side of the page. Read the Message from the Scholarships and Financial Support Service in your In-tray and follow the prompts to view your offer and enable your payment.
I have been offered Financial Support. How do I get paid?
Enter your bank details in Sydney Student. Access the portal via MyUni, using your UniKey and password. Click on the blue Sydney Student icon on the left-hand side. Then go to the My Finance tab then choose the link to Your Finances, chose the Bank Details tab and follow the prompts.
Payment will be made to your bank account within 4 to 10 working days.
I already have a loan and am struggling to make my next repayment. What can I do?
Apply for an extension! Extensions must be applied for before the due date of the outstanding repayment. Click here to apply.
What if I am already overdue or behind in my loan repayments?
If you are a behind or overdue with a payment please contact us for advice. Email or telephone on 8627 4809.
It can sometimes be hard to call somewhere when you are behind in paying back the money you owe. So it is a good idea to take a few deep breaths and prepare. Sit down and work out how much you can realistically afford to pay and how often you can pay. It might be more realistic to pay small regular amounts rather that commit to a large one-off payment.
Are there any other places in the University that I can apply to for financial support?
Yes, please read below for further information.
The University of Sydney offers a wide variety of scholarships for new and continuing students. Click here for more information.
The Students Representative Council (SRC)
In recognition of the financial difficulties associated with being a student, the SRC can issue emergency cash loans to undergraduates of up to but no more than $50.00 interest free. Click here for more information.
Your faculty may have scholarships available. Click here to find information about each faculty.
I have some more questions and would like to talk to someone?
If your questions have not been answered from the information on our web-site please call the office on 02 8627 4809 to speak to one of our staff.
Or you can email .