Types of assistance
These are interest free and can be up to $2000 for essential living and study expenses. They are available to Australian citizens and permanent residents. Loans are for full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students and in some circumstances, can be available for part time students. Non-award and Continuing Education students are not eligible for student loans. Repayment is preferred within twelve months, but this is negotiable in each case according to circumstances. Loans may be repayable by installments or in a lump sum. Loans must be repaid by the agreed date, which is set out on the loan agreement.
Loans for International Students
These are interest free and can be up to $1000 for essential living and study expenses. The repayment terms are negotiable in each case - within twelve months is preferred and cannot be later than graduation.
Emergency Cash Payments
Up to $500 may be paid on the day of application if necessary.
Arthur and Renee George Foundation
These interest free loans are offered to full-time undergraduates who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia and who are enrolled in the final two years of their degree in the Faculties of Dentistry, Health Sciences, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Science. Loans can be made up to $2000. Repayment of these loans begins after graduation and preference is given to students whose circumstances would cause difficulty in repaying loans by graduation.
Please note: Loans from the Arthur and Renee George Foundation are not available to assist with the cost of overseas placements.
SH MacCulloch Trust Fund
These interest free loans are offered to full-time students who are citizens or permanent residents of Australia and who are studying in the final two years of the Graduate Medical Program (GMP). Loans can be made up to $2000 and repayment of these loans begins after graduation.
Please note: Loans from the SH MacCulloch Trust Fund are not available to assist with the cost of overseas placements.
Clinical Years Bursary Fund - Elective Term Loans
These interest free loans are available for undergraduate students enrolled in the Faculty of Medicine who chose to complete their Elective Term overseas. Loans from this fund are to help students with expenses related to the compulsory Elective Term. The loans can be made up to $1000 and are repayable by the 30 June in the year following the loan being taken out. The Clinical Years Bursary Loan Fund Application Form needs to be filled out and submitted to the Financial Assistance Service before the 31 July each year, as this is when applications close.
Bursary assistance may be available to full-time local undergraduate students experiencing significant financial difficulties and who are making satisfactory academic progress.
Bursaries are awarded as part of a financial assistance package according to the availability of funds and the needs of applicants.
Bursary recipients are encouraged to make a donation back to the fund once they have completed their studies, so that other students may receive the same benefit in the future.
Please note that bursary assistance is intended to cover essential living and study related expenses. Bursary Assistance will not be provided under any circumstances to cover the cost of overseas travel.
There are two types of bursaries: general and advertised. General Bursaries have no application deadline and are awarded as part of financial assistance provided by the Financial Assistance Service. Advertised bursaries are listed at the beginning of March with applications closing 30th April each year, and are usually awarded by July. Application forms are available from this website or the Office. An interview for advertised bursaries is generally not necessary.
For the first time in 2005 University of Sydney First Year Bursaries of $2000 was offered to eligible students to help with establishment costs at University. Please click on the Advertised Bursaries link below for further information.
Emergency Cash Payments
Up to $500 may be paid on the day of application for a General Bursary, if necessary.
How to apply
To apply for general bursaries, applications need to be made in person. A Financial Assistance Application Form needs to be completed. Then call the Service on (02) 9351 2416 to arrange a time for an appointment to see the Financial Assistance Officer.
Separate applications need to be lodged for advertised bursaries. Please go to the Advertised Bursaries section for further information on the application process, closing dates, as well as information on each individual advertised bursary.