You get a scholarship

You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY Living Allowance if you live away from home because you’re offered a scholarship.

Scholarship to an independent boarding school

You may get a higher rate if you live away from home because you’re offered a scholarship to an independent boarding school. For you to get the higher rate all of the following need to apply:

  • it’s an approved school and course of secondary studies
  • boarding is a necessary part of the school
  • the scholarship covers at least $6,309 or 25% of your total board and tuition, whichever is greater.

Scholarship to a Highly Effective or High Expectations School

You may get a higher rate if you live away from home because you’re offered a scholarship and it’s both:

  • for an approved school and course of secondary studies
  • an Australian Government supported scholarship.

An Australian Government supported scholarship paid under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy. This includes scholarships such as:

  • Indigenous Youth Leadership Program
  • Madalah SOAR Scholarship
  • Presbyterian Ladies’ College Indigenous Scholarship Program – Peppermint Grove Western Australia
  • MADEC Indigenous Young People’s Program
  • Yalari Education Pathways Program
  • Sporting Chance Program or similar projects paid under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy, including at former Sporting Chance Academies.

Other Australian Government supported scholarships include:

  • Cape York Institute's Academic Leaders - Secondary
  • Higher Expectations Program - Northern Territory
  • Rosemary Bishop Indigenous Education Scholarship
  • Kajji Foundation Scholarship
  • Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Scholarship Program
  • Woomera Educational Scholarship Trust
  • Kimberley Education Excellence Program
  • Northern Territory Government Indigenous Education Excellence Scholarship
  • Ngurra Jirama Foundation Scholarship.

If you’re not sure, call us on the ABSTUDY line and we can tell you if your scholarship is approved.

Transition School Scholarship

You may get a higher rate if you live away from home because you’re offered a scholarship to either:

  • the Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) to help you get a scholarship at a high performing school
  • a MITS partner school after completing the MITS program.

Page last updated: 24 February 2022