Don’t Let Money Be an Obstacle
As the first person in my family to attend university, I didn’t know where to apply. Fortunately I had help from the Indigenous student advisory service…
There are plenty of options for dealing with the costs associated with university. By taking the time to understand what they are and preparing for them in advance, you will have already eliminated the biggest hurdle.
As a start,
- There is plenty of support available throughout your higher education from the Commonwealth Government of Australia. This can include discounts on your university tuition fees, loans and direct payments from the Centrelink department. Read more about financial assistance.
- There is also a wide selection of scholarships available, many specifically targeted towards Indigenous Australians. Typically a scholarship will cover the cost of your university fees, reducing the long term financial burden of study. Read more about what scholarships are available.
- Study can be flexible and you can choose to study part time allowing you to spend more time working or attending to family commitments.
- It's important to remember that, as a university graduate, you are likely to have much more stable employment as well as a better wage, far outweighing any initial outlay you might have invested.
Despite living in a small town outside of Dubbo and with no idea how to go about it, Jenna Owen was determined to go to university.
"I’m from a small village outside Dubbo, population eleven! …
As the first person in my family to attend university, I didn’t know where to apply. Fortunately I had help from Nura Gili, the Indigenous student advisory service at The University of New South Wales. When I was finally accepted and I received the Shalom Gamarada Scholarship which paid for my living expenses it was a weight off everyone’s minds."