Life After High School: Important things to know for scholarships and studying in 2017 - Part 3
Monday 9 January 2017
In the final part of our series of articles to help you prepare for your journey to study in 2017, we feature some of the most commonly asked questions we get about studying after school.
If you have a different question, TAI’s Scholarships Team is here to help!. If you have questions you can contact us - sometimes just talking to someone can make this process feel a bit less overwhelming.
- 02 9310 8407
I didn’t get the ATAR I needed for entry into my course – what does this mean for me and scholarships?
Don’t panic, there are many different ways to get into the area of study you want. These are known as alternative entry pathways. Generally, there are two main pathways available:
- Applying for an Alternative Entry Scheme offered by a university
- Doing a preparatory/enabling programme or bridging course as a first step
Many universities have alternative entry schemes available, which provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students with alternative pathways to certain courses. A list of many of the the alternative entry schemes offered by Australian universities is available here.
Both preparatory and bridging courses can be first steps before moving onto the degree or course you want. These courses generally give you a taste of university life and an idea of what it is like to study at university.
There are scholarships available for preparatory and enabling programmes. A first step is to use the Indigenous Scholarships Portal to see which scholarships you may be eligible for. When it asks which level of study you are wanting to complete, select “Enabling foundation and preparatory courses”.
You can also contact the course provider directly for information on available scholarships.
I want to study at TAFE or college, can I get access to scholarships?
There are some scholarships available for TAFE and college studies across Australia. A first step is to use the Indigenous Scholarships Portal to see which scholarships you may be eligible for. When it asks which level of study you are wanting to complete, select “Vocational Educational Training Courses (VET)”.
We also suggest that you contact the TAFE or private college directly for information on available scholarships as the Indigenous Scholarships Portal does not provide a comprehensive listing of scholarships for VET studies.
There’s so many scholarship options – which scholarships do I apply for?
You may find after searching online or talking to universities that you are in fact eligible for a number of different scholarships. The question can then become, which one do I apply for?
Often applying for a number of scholarships is a good plan because it gives you a range of options for you to consider. It might also be good to consider these factors when thinking about which applications to prioritise:
- How many scholarships are being given out per scholarship option?
- Will this scholarship help me with the things I need to study (like travel, course fees etc)?
- Will I be supported through the entire degree or just the first year?
- How might a scholarship impact other financial support I have available, such as Abstudy or other scholarships.
What’s the best way of putting an application together?
We have put together a few hints and tips for writing a good scholarship application in Part 2, but here are some top general tips we featured in last months’ article:
- You are not limited to applying for one scholarship. It’s a good idea to apply for any scholarship which you are eligible for and meets your needs.
- Keep hard copies of every document you will be sending in, just in case something gets lost along the way.
- Complete your application in full, making sure you answer every question!
- If you are unsure about how to apply or what to include with your application, contact the relevant scholarships office by telephone or email.
- Find out about who is offering the scholarship and how they look to support the community. This can be particularly useful if the scholarship provider is a corporate body, foundation or company and will help you to decide the right approach to take in your application.
- Keep all of your documents electronically, and in one place, so you can easily upload them when you need to. This could include copies of reports, reference letters from teachers or other certificates such as your School Certificate. The Indigenous Scholarships Portal is one place where you can keep all your documents together in your Personal Profile.