EdStart Scholarships and Grants

1. What is EdStart?  

EdStart provides UOW equity scholarships and grants for undergraduate students at UOW up to the value of $5000. These scholarships and grants are awarded to students who can demonstrate financial need. UOW makes offers to applicants demonstrating the greatest level of need in a competitive application process. When awarding EdStart, UOW gives preference to applicants who demonstrate financial hardship plus other educational disadvantages. 

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2. Who can apply for EdStart?  

You can apply for EdStart if:

  • You are completing your first Undergraduate Degree (students undertaking Postgraduate studies are not eligible to apply).
  • You are an Australian Citizen, Permanent Resident or hold an Australian Permanent Humanitarian Visa.
  • You are enrolled at the University of Wollongong in 12 or more credit points in both Autumn and Spring Sessions 2019.
  • You can demonstrate financial need by:
    • Receiving Centrelink income support payments such as ABSTUDY, Austudy, Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment (Single) or the Carer Payment.
    • Living with family who are receiving Centrelink income support payments
  • You may have also experienced one or more of the following educational disadvantages:
    • Carer responsibilities
    • A non-English speaking background
    • Identifying as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
    • Long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse
    • Refugee status
    • Regional or remote disadvantage
    • Sole parent responsibilities

Please note that students may only hold one (1) equity scholarship and EdStart grant each year. 

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3. How are EdStart applications assessed? 

EdStart is a competitive application process, applicants are assessed on the basis of financial need and other disadvantages. Meeting EdStart eligibility criteria doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship or grant. There are limited scholarships and grants and there are usually more applicants than available funding. As part of a competitive application process, you are ranked against the eligibility criteria, and UOW awards EdStart to applicants who best meet the eligibility criteria.

If you are unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need.

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4. EdStart key dates?  

Autumn session

Opens:30 November 2018
Closes:27 February 2019
Results Released:08 March 2019


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5. Equity Scholarships

Value:$5000, $3000 or $1000
Duration:One (1) year
Level of enrolment:Any year of first undergraduate degree program

Equity scholarship funds are paid directly to students in two equal instalments to a nominated bank account after the census date of each session.

When awarding equity scholarships, UOW gives preference to applicants who demonstrate financial hardship as well as other educational disadvantages.


Please submit your application via UAC Equity

Please note that students may only hold one (1) equity scholarship each year.

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6. Equity Grants

EdStart grants are designed to assist students facing sustained or temporary significant financial hardship that requires urgent financial assistance.

Value:Up to $5000
Duration:One (1) year
Level of enrolment:Any year of first undergraduate degree program

Technology, textbook, work integrated learning and graduation grants are paid directly to students via direct deposit to a nominated bank account. Accommodation grants are paid directly to UOW Accommodation to assist with the cost of on campus accommodation.

1. Technology grant

Value: up to $1000

2. Textbook grant

Value: up to $1000

3. Accommodation grant

Value: $5000 paid towards UOW Accommodation at a UOW residence.
Additional criteria: Students must be living/intending on living at a UOW residence in 2019.

4. Work integrated learning, co-curricular and professional placement grant

Value: up to $1500
Additional criteria: students must be undertaking unpaid work placement or an internship as part of their degree requirements in 2019.

5. Graduation grant

Value: $160
Additional criteria: students must be completing their degree requirements and attending a UOW graduation ceremony in 2019.


Students must submit an equity scholarship application via UAC Equity by the closing date as well as provide a personal statement outlining: 

  • Which type of grant you are applying for
  • Why you need the grant
  • Your personal circumstances, demonstrating significant financial need requiring urgent financial assistance.

Submit your personal statement via UOW Scholarships.

Students may only hold one (1) EdStart grant each year.

Please note: you may apply for an EdStart grant after the advertised closing date provided you have successfully completed your equity scholarship application via UAC Equity by the closing date. 

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7. Release of results and important information 

 Please refer to the Key Dates for information on closing, release of results and document submission dates. If you have a question that is not on this page, please contact the Equity Officer by email at scholarships@uow.edu.au.

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8. Eligibility questions?

Contact the Scholarships and Sponsorships team

Email: scholarships@uow.edu.au

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9. Application Issues?

If you need help with your UAC equity scholarship application, call UAC on +61 1300 275 822 (from mobiles on (02) 9752 0200 or from overseas on +61 2 9752 0200) between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Sydney time) Monday to Friday. You can also email UAC using the enquiry form or write to the Equity Unit, UAC, Locked Bag 112, Silverwater NSW 2128 Australia.

If you need assistance with your grant application, please contact the Equity Officer by email at scholarships@uow.edu.au.

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Last reviewed: 12 February, 2019