VU Access scholarships

Victoria University (VU) offers up to 350 VU Access equity scholarships annually for students enrolled across all fields of study. This includes:

  • 100 scholarships for TAFE (Victoria Polytechnic) students enrolled in certificates and diplomas
  • 250 scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in bachelor degrees, honours and the Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education.

Types of VU Access scholarships

Western Region: Available if you completed Year 12 in the Western Region of Melbourne in the year before enrolling at VU. Western Region includes:

  • western metropolitan suburbs of Melbourne
  • the City of Hume
  • Moorabool Shire
  • Sunbury and Macedon Ranges areas.

Mature Age: Available if you are over 21 years of age and have had a break from full-time study for more than five years.

Parents: Available if you have dependent children (school age or under school age).

Pathway: Available if you have completed a VU TAFE course and are transferring to a VU undergraduate degree in the same or the following year.

General: Available if you are not eligible for any of the other VU Access scholarship types.

Youth: Available if you are under 21 years of age and have not completed year 12 – for TAFE students only.


Undergraduate students

There are 250 VU Access scholarships available each year for higher education students, valued at $1,000 per year for up to four years.

TAFE students

There are 100 VU Access scholarships available each year for TAFE students, valued at $1,000 per year for up to two years.


You're eligible to apply for a VU Access scholarship if you are:

  • an Australian citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, holder of a Permanent Humanitarian Visa or holder of a Temporary Protection Visa
  • experiencing financial hardship demonstrated through receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment or other evidence of low income and/or social disadvantage, and
  • enrolled full-time, except in exceptional circumstances.

For TAFE students

An eligible TAFE student must also:

  • be enrolled full-time in a designated course that is government funded, and on the University Scope of Registration
  • not be in receipt of a Centrelink Start-up loan
  • not have already completed a TAFE or higher education course that is at a higher level of study than the course in which you are currently enrolled
  • not be enrolled as an apprentice or trainee
  • not be enrolled as a full fee paying or international student.

For Bachelor degree (undergraduate) students

An eligible undergraduate student must also:

  • be enrolled full-time in a Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree or eligible Enabling course at VU, or
  • be enrolled full-time in a Graduate Diploma in an area of National Priority (Graduate Diploma in Secondary Education at VU)
  • have not already completed a bachelor or higher level degree (unless that degree is a prerequisite for their current course of study, and there is no alternative pathway into that course of study at VU)
  • be enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place, and
  • not be receiving a Centrelink Start-up loan or Relocation Scholarship.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed.

Applications are made through VTAC. Please note: VU Access scholarship applications are free.

Supporting documents

List of supporting documents required

Applications without required supporting documents will not be assessed.

  • copy of a current Centrelink statement (or if payments have not yet been received, a copy of ‘Intent to Claim' letter)
  • copy of other person's current Centrelink statement (if you rely on someone else's income)
  • copy of your Health Care Card
  • copy of other person's Health Care Card or Pensioner Concession Card with your name listed (if you are listed on someone else's card)
  • evidence of your personal income – current year's tax assessment or payslips no older than three months
  • evidence of someone else's personal income (if you rely on someone else's income) – current year's tax assessment or payslips no older than three months.

If you've made specific claims in your application you'll need to provide additional evidence.

  • If you're unable to study full time: provide a statement from a medical practitioner, community elder or similar, detailing reason(s) why you cannot study full time.
  • If you have answered 'yes' to a disability or medical condition: provide a statement from Victoria University Disability Support Unit, medical practitioner or equivalent.
  • If you have indicated home life difficulties: provide evidence from a relevant agency, community worker, medical practitioner or similar.

Submit your supporting documents via:

Note: Do not send originals of your supporting documents, send copies only. Copies do not need to be certified.


  • Assessment is not based on academic merit.
  • Applications are ranked and scored based on financial income, educational background and social disadvantages.
  • Applications with the highest levels of disadvantage are ranked higher.
  • Scholarships are offered to the highest ranked applicants, until all scholarships are allocated.
  • Some eligible students may miss out if there are more eligible applicants than scholarships available.
  • You only need to submit one application for all equity scholarships available.
  • Your application will be assessed against all of the equity scholarships available.
  • If eligible, you will receive only one scholarship.