Commonwealth government support

Student Start-Up Loan

If you are studying full-time at university and you are receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance, you might be eligible for the Student Start-Up Loan. Some study requirements apply.

The Student Start-up Loan is a tax-free, voluntary loan available to eligible full-time students. It is not paid automatically, you have to apply for it. You have to repay the loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when your income exceeds the minimum repayment threshold, as you would with Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts. In 2020, the Student Start-up Loan was worth $1,094 for every 6 months of eligible study.

Further information about the Student Start-Up Loan is available from Services Australia.

Relocation Scholarship

The Relocation Scholarship is a once a year payment for eligible students receiving ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance to help with the costs of living away from home to study.

The payment rate of the Relocation Scholarship depends on your circumstances.

For further information about the Relocation Scholarship is available from Services Australia.

Institution scholarships and grants

Many of SATAC's participating institutions provide a range of scholarships and grants to assist students financially. Further information is available from their respective websites.


TAFE SA provides a range of scholarships and grants to eligible students to help with the costs of study.  

Charles Darwin University

CDU has a number of scholarships available each year for undergraduate, postgraduate, international and Indigenous students. These scholarships are supported and donated by community organisations, businesses, government and individual sponsors.

Use the online scholarships finder or find out more about scholarships

 Flinders University

Flinders University offers a range of scholarships to new and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic merit or demonstrated financial need. 

Find out more about scholarships at Flinders University

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide provides a range of scholarships for students from a wide range of backgrounds. Scholarships are also available to assist undergraduate students who are in financial need, including rural and Indigenous students. A number of privately sponsored scholarships are also available to both commencing and continuing undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Find out more about scholarships at the University of Adelaide

University of South Australia

The University has a range of scholarships to help fund the costs of tertiary education for high achievers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, students from rural areas, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

Find out more about scholarships at the University of South Australia

CQUniversity Australia

CQUniversity is dedicated to supporting you throughout your tertiary study. Our scholarships and financial assistance program provides financial and non-financial assistance as your complete your studies with us. We strongly encourage students to apply for scholarships or to take advantage of our student loan and budgeting tools to help you manage the cost of going to university.

Find out more about scholarships at CQUniversity

Torrens University Australia

Torrens University Australia provides a range of merit-based scholarships to facilitate broad access to its courses for new students. 

Find out more about Torrens University scholarships

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