Financial Assistance for University: Rural and Remote Enterprise Scholarships

There are many options when it comes to getting help with your university expenses. Scholarships, in particular, are an excellent way to make university a possibility and help you achieve your academic dreams.

It is a common misconception that scholarships are purely academic based. Often, people tend to think if they haven’t scored the perfect marks, there is no bother in applying. However, a lot of scholarships are merit-based and there’s a much broader scope than people might think. There are many scholarships available ranging from assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and aiding women studying non-traditional fields to supporting regional students.

In fact currently, the Commonwealth Government is offering scholarships to future regional and remote students to help them access and complete tertiary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) qualifications. Depending on your type of study, you can receive up to $18,000. The application round for the 2019 academic year is open, with at least 600 scholarships available.

Eligible Courses

The scholarship is aimed at 2019 commencing students who are studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) courses. STEM fields include the following broad areas of study:

  • Natural and Physical Sciences
  • Information Technology
  • Engineering and Related Technologies
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
  • Health (except Complementary Therapies)

Eligible study can be at Certificate IV to PhD level at an Australian vocational education and training provider or university, and can be undertaken on campus or online/by distance.

Regional Status

To be eligible for the Rural and Remote Enterprise Scholarship, the applicant’s permanent home address must be in a regional or remote area as defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).


Applications for the scholarship is done through the QTAC application page. For 2019 commencing students, applications will close on Friday, 14th December 2018 and offers will be released on Monday, 11th February.


Read the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships page on the Department of Education and Training website.

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