Types of support

Student loans

These are interest free and can be up to $1,000 for essential living and study expenses. Loans cannot be used to pay fees of any type. 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 in the loan agreement.

Loans for International Students

These are interest free and can be up to $1,000 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.

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 $2,000. 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.

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 $1,000 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 Support 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 Support Service. Advertised bursaries are listed in 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.