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Equity grants

Local students who are struggling financially, whether experiencing sustained or temporary financial hardship, may apply for a grant towards:

  1. essential living costs and essential course add-on costs; or
  2. costs related to a practical/clinical/internship/project; or
  3. financial support in your search for a job/internship (for example: clothes; transport; mobile phone calls; printing; portfolios and other pre-interview preparation) through the UTS Careers 'work-ready' program 

How it works: Applicants must fulfil the eligibility criteria for Student Equity Grants (see below), and submit a completed Equity Grant application. We will ask you to write a statement about why you need a grant, complete a brief income and expenses overview and to provide documentation which will confirm low income/financial hardship, as well as providing documentation (bills; invoices; quotes and calculations) which will support your application for funds.

All applicants are required to provide access to current bank transactions of the past 12 weeks for all accounts during the interview (or alternatively, to attach a copy of of the past three months of transactions to the application). This is a requirement for the assesment process. 

For essential living costs and course add-on costs

Grants are to assist with extra-ordinary course-related expenses and/or to assist with short-term living costs, which may assist you to attend and focus on your studies.

These may include assistance towards: 

  • bond deposits, overdue rent or utility bills, unexpected medical/specialist treatments, or
  • project materials and course-related equipment, or
  • other expenses deemed to be reasonable and relevant to your success in your studies  

Applications of around $500 will be considered. Please note that grants are not intended for the payment of fees.

Grants for internships, clinicals, practicums and placements

Local students on low incomes who are affected by loss of earnings and/or who have additional costs resulting from the participation in unpaid course-related work activities,

may apply for financial assistance to help with rent, transport, childcare and related living expenses.

Please remember to itemise your estimated expenses and income sacrifices in your application.

Local and international students may also apply for a no-interest Student Loan to assist with interim cash-flow problems.

Grants for UTS Careers 'work-ready' programs

You may also apply for a grant to assist with the costs of interview attire and interview preparations if you are a local student attending the Accomplish program or Accomplish Intensive program with UTS Careers, and you are struggling financially.

This grant is aimed to assist about-to-graduate students to be better equipped to meet potential employers. 

Eligibility for grants

To be eligible for an equity grant applicants must:

  • be currently enrolled in award courses (undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses) at UTS
  • not be on leave of absence or facing exclusion
  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, or holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa.

International, non-award and IN:SEARCH students are not eligible.

First year students in your 1st semester of studies may be eligible after Census Date of your session. Should you experience untoward financial need prior to then, please contact our Service to discuss your circumstances.

How to apply

To apply for an equity grant, please:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Make an appointment to see the Financial Assistance Service 
  3. Complete and submit the application form to the best of your ability prior to interview (changes can still be made during the interview)
  4. Bring your student card, bank details and supporting documents to the interview. Call 9514 1177 to arrange an appointment.