Scholarships FAQ

Scholarships FAQ

Did you know that every year, thousands of dollars in scholarships and bursaries are not distributed because of a lack of applications?

That is why we are here to help you find the scholarships and grants that you qualify for!

There are different types of scholarships for university students. Some scholarships cover some or all of your tuition fees. Some cover accommodation costs, relocation costs or living expenses. Others cover education and study resource costs, such as the cost of your textbooks. 

You can learn more about the different types of scholarships and how to apply here.

Scholarships can be offered as a one-off lump sum payment or in instalments over a specified period of time or for the duration of your studies. 

A scholarship is an award of financial assistance offered to students to help them pay for the costs associated with studying. 

Scholarships can offer you more than financial assistance. They are a recognition of your personal achievements, talents and potential, and can support your future job applications and/or academic career.

Given there are many scholarships available to prospective and current law students across NSW, it can be difficult to find out which scholarships are right for you.

We recommend that you think about your own financial and personal circumstances, your education and career goals, and where you would like to study. This will help you determine what type of scholarship you might be eligible for. 

Many university websites have options for students to filter their search based on their own personal information, such as their background, location, academic merit, gender and financial situation. 

Here at Ngalaya, we offer scholarships and bursaries, and we provide lists of state-wide university scholarships  available to First Nations law students. You can also browse through each law school here to find university-specific scholarships.

Every scholarship has a list of criteria that you must satisfy to be eligible for the award. 

Some scholarships are based on academic achievement. Others are awarded on an equity basis to support students who have experienced financial and personal hardship. Others are awarded to First Nations students only. These aim to overcome the financial and educational barriers to First Nations students’ access to university and higher education. 

There is a specific application process for every individual scholarship. 

Some scholarships only require proof that you meet the eligibility criteria, whereas other scholarships may require that you go through an assessment and interview process. 

The instructions on how to apply for scholarships are generally very clear. If they are unclear, we recommend that you contact the scholarships support officer or administration officer of the relevant university.

Once you have been awarded a scholarship, you will be notified how and when the money will be directed to you. Some scholarships are provided as one lump-sum payment. Other scholarships may be directed into your bank account at the beginning of every year or every semester. Other scholarships offer a reduction of certain fees and costs. 

In return for a scholarship, you may be required to achieve a minimum average grade, complete certain courses, submit regular reports, or participate in a number of programs. Some scholarships require that you spend the awarded money on particular costs, while others do not specify how you spend your award. 

Once you are a scholarship recipient, you may be ineligible to apply for other scholarships or government financial assistance. You will need to make sure that you do not receive any other payments that are prohibited under the scholarship terms and conditions.


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