Scholarships and fees

Our Colleges have a long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion and have a range of scholarships, bursaries and financial assistance programs available to ensure College is accessible to students from a range of backgrounds, experiences and areas of study.

New in 2023: Residential College Access Scholarship Package

For 2023 entry eligible students can secure an early Residential College Scholarship and Melbourne Access Scholarship of up to $17,500 per year for three years.

This new scholarships package will support Indigenous students and/or regional students from a disadvantaged financial background to stay in Colleges during their degree. Eligible applicants will receive a $10,000 Colleges scholarship together with a Melbourne Access Scholarship of up to $7,500.

Students must:

Applicants should apply to College by end of October 2022 and meet the Access Melbourne closing date 5pm Friday 7 October.

In 2022

Over

$7.5 million

was awarded to students through scholarships and bursaries

Over

$1.6 million

is also paid in part-time employment to students

Over

A third

Over a third of all residents in the colleges receive financial assistance​

fees can be reduced by up to

$500/week



Before scholarships and bursaries:

Undergraduate fees range from $27,300-$34,900 (36-40 weeks)

Graduate fees range from $23,800-$34,000 (39-52 weeks)

 

This includes:

  • A private, furnished room​ to make your own.
  • 21 meals per week – 3 meals, 7 days per week​.
  • Full access to academic support programs, including weekly tutorials, career development opportunities, guest speakers and special events.
  • Access to state-of-the-art College facilities, including libraries and study spaces, common rooms, gyms, music rooms, laundries and beautiful gardens.
  • An incredible range of support and recreational programs encompassing social, cultural, sporting, leadership, spiritual, personal and professional development initiatives​.
  • High-speed internet and printing facilities.

How to apply for financial assistance

After submitting your College application, you are able to apply for financial assistance from your first College of preference.

As each college has their own fees and financial assistance programs, it’s best to research what they offer through the College websites.

Scholarships and other financial support available to students

Here is some further information which may be helpful to you:

The ten Residential Colleges offer generous scholarship and bursary support to students who would otherwise not be able to afford to stay in a college. After submitting your College application, you are able to apply for financial assistance from your first College of preference. In 2021 approximately one third of all students living in residential colleges were supported by a scholarship or bursary.

Scholarships range in financial support but can often be up to half the fees of the college (and in some cases, higher). There is also a large range of scholarships available at the University of Melbourne.

While the majority of College scholarships provide part fee remission, there is additional support available for eligible families through other sources including the Commonwealth government. You need to check the eligibility requirements to see if you qualify for this support through relevant websites. For example if you need to move away from home to attend university you may be eligible for a relocation scholarship.

Combined with college scholarships this will often make the difference between being able to stay in fully supported college accommodation with all meals included and tutorial support or alternative accommodation where you will need to pay for your own meals. Please visit the University of Melbourne Scholarships website or those of each college to check the support available.

 

Additional support available from external sources which you may be eligible for:

Youth Allowance: depending on your family’s circumstances you may be eligible for the living from home allowance – in 2022 the maximum rate was $530.40/fortnight for eligible students.

Relocation Scholarship

Tertiary Access Payment: this means tested one-off payment of up to $5000, provided by the Commonwealth government, is for students from outer regional and remote students who relocate to access tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12 or equivalent) whose family home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider to undertake full-time tertiary education. For further information check the website. Combined parental income must be under $250,000.

Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships (unimelb.edu.au): Available for Indigenous students, no application is required. You will be automatically considered for this award.

Indigenous pathways scholarships

Indigenous Accommodation Grant through the University of Melbourne: Available for Indigenous students who do not qualify for Government accommodation funding or other forms of support. In 2021 it was worth $10,000

 

Case study

Ben is a resident at one of the University of Melbourne Residential Colleges. The fees for his college are $32,000 per year. As Ben lives in regional Victoria and as his parents’ income means he qualifies for Youth Allowance, he is eligible for a number of government benefits to support him moving away from home to study.

Ben’s benefits include (based on 2022 rates):

 

2022 rates  
Youth Allowance -independent rate $13,790

($530.40/fortnight)

Rent assistance – boarding style accommodation rate $5,832

($145.80/fortnight for 40 weeks)

Relocation allowance -first year $4,788
TOTAL Government $24,410
College bursary or scholarship $5,000
TOTAL College and Government $29,410

 

This leaves Ben approximately $2,590 to find to fund his College experience. It is quite common for students to find a part-time job to partially cover the rest of their fees and incidentals.