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How Much Difference Could a Scholarship Make?

As much as we like to think it is, university isn’t necessarily accessible for everyone. One of the common barriers stopping people from accessing higher education is the cost. But this is where scholarships come in.

The purpose of scholarships is to provide students with extra funding, helping them to access university when they might not have been able to before. But just how much difference could a scholarship make? Let’s find out.


How much impact will a scholarship have?


The exact impact of a scholarship will depend on a few factors, including how much the it’s is worth, and how much support you need.

Say you’re looking to study, but can’t afford the costs of textbooks and a laptop. In this case, a scholarship worth a few hundred or thousand dollars as a one-off payment would be ideal.

If you can’t afford accommodation and need to move away from home to study, you’ll need a scholarship that either offers tailored support for accommodation, or one that’s worth a bit more money.

The best thing is there are tons of scholarships out there that offer a variety of different kinds of support. And they’re available for lots of different needs.

In a lot of cases, it can make the difference between attending university and not being able to go at all.


Scholarship success stories


But you don’t just have to take our word for it. There are lots of stories about there from real students about how a scholarship helped them to achieve their study goals.

Sara Salmeron was a recipient of the Radford Foundation Second Chance Scholarship at La Trobe, and being awarded the scholarship helped her to “cut back on [her] work hours and dedicate more time to studying, completing assessment tasks and, most importantly, exam preparation”.

Receiving a scholarship from the University of Melbourne helped student Claudia Cox move to Melbourne from a small community, taking financial pressure off her and her parents.

Clinton Tran was able to afford to continue his studies at Griffith after the COVID-19 pandemic meant he and his parents no longer had jobs.

And Jacqueline Orme was able to cut her transit to UNSW by 3 hours after receiving a scholarship that helped her to afford on campus accommodation.


Find out more


You can read more about scholarships and search our database here.


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