Domestic Scholarships


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To be eligible for a Smart and Skilled government-subsidised course with UOW College, you will need to meet all of the following criteria:

  • ƒƒ15 years old or over
  • ƒ no longer at school
  • ƒƒ living or working in NSW
  • ƒƒ an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen

To check your eligibility, please click here.

All you need to do is apply for your chosen course and we will advise next steps. Its as simple as that! 

The funding will cover a minimum of 70 percent of the course fee. If you are eligible for Smart and Skilled funding, you may also be eligible for a fee free scholarship as a component of Smart and Skilled, which means you will not have to pay any portion of the
fee, if you satisfy certain concession criteria.

Smart And Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships and Government Subsidised Places

The NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that you can obtain the skills you need for the job you want and your course fees are covered. Fee-Free Scholarships are intended to help people (15-30 years old) who are concession eligible to undertake training under Smart and Skilled. All Certificate III and Certificate IV level qualifications that UOW College are approved to deliver under Smart and Skilled are covered, including Traineeships.

Have a existing qualification? You may be eligible to access subsidised training

From 2016, when you meet the personal eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled, you will have access to training entitlements regardless of the level of any previous qualifications held. This investment supports the Government’s Reskilling NSW Strategy aimed at helping people who gained their higher level qualifications previously or from overseas, who require minimal re-training in order to enter, or re-enter, the workforce.

Smart and Skilled Traineeship free capped at $1,000 from 2016 

From 2016, the NSW Government has capped the Smart and Skilled traineeship fee at $1,000. All the qualifications that UOW College are approved to deliver under Smart and Skilled are eligible for traineeships.     
For more information on Smart and Skilled funding and to check your eligibility, please go to: This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

In2Uni’s Pathways Program 2016

Are you planning on studying a Certificate IV qualification at UOW College and interested in a Pathway to University?

If so, then In2Uni’s Pathways Program might be for you.

At UOW, we recognise that everyone’s journey to higher education is different and we want to provide you with the support to pursue your passion at UOW as soon as possible.

What does this mean for you?

UOW will help to cover part of the cost of your Certificate IV qualification, with eligible students entitled to a scholarship of up to $1,500.00.

Your transition from the Pathways Program to your UOW bachelor degree will include a bridging and transition program to assist with university applications and enrolment and increase your academic study skills to ensure that you are ready to study in 2017.

What will you get out of it?

On completion of the Pathway:

  • UOW will recognise your new qualification as equivalent to a 72 ATAR
  • You will gain a qualification that allows you to work in the field, before and during your degree
  • A $500.00 transition payment upon enrolling and commencing at UOW in 2017

For more information about this program please contact Keirin McCormack on or (02) 42214002.

Vocational Qualifications

The UOW College and the Regional Campuses & Student Diversity Unit at UOW have teamed up to encourage greater participation in higher education.

The Regional Campuses & Student Diversity Unit offers a number of sponsored places that covers the entire cost of a range of Vocational Qualifications. These sponsored places are for students from underrepresented backgrounds that have been identified by the University to encourage their participation in higher education.

Vocational courses covered by the scholarships include:


If you are applying for a sponsored, non-fee paying place in one of the above Vocational qualifications that you have been offered by the University of Wollongong complete both forms below.

Scholarships and sponsored places are also available. If you would like to know more about the scholarships and how to apply, please contact:

Keirin McCormack
Pathways Coordinator 
(02) 4221 4002

UOW College
Marketing, Recruitment & Communications

Special Tertiary Entrance Program (STEP)

UOW College also offers the Special Tertiary Entrance Program (STEP) a university preparation program for students who have experienced a disadvantage during their secondary school education.

Students study a stream of subjects that are relevant to their chosen university degree at the University of Wollongong (UOW). Upon successful completion of the course, student are guaranteed a place in a range of degrees at UOW.

Eligible students will receive a sponsored Commonwealth Supported Place for the duration of the course.

How to apply

If you are applying for a sponsored, non-fee paying place in one of the above Vocational qualifications that you have been offered by the University of Wollongong complete both forms below.

If you would like to know more about this program contact:

UOW College
Marketing, Recruitment & Communications

UOW Future Students
1300 367 869


To be eligible for a sponsored place in either of the Vocational qualifications listed above or the STEP to UOW Program, you will need to meet one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Financial hardship
  • Disrupted Schooling
  • Severe Family Disruptions
  • Long-term condition or ongoing effect of abuse
  • Post school leavers who completed HSC in the last three years and haven’t undertaken any additional study.
  • Have attended an In2Uni High School
  • Indigenous

Commonwealth Supported Place

Under a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Australian Government contributes a portion of the total tuition fee and the student pays the remainder, which is called the “student contribution”.

All STEP to UOW students are enrolled under a Commonwealth supported place which does not require a student contribution, meaning there are no tuition fees for this program.

Students studying the University Access Program (UAP) are encouraged to apply for a Commonwealth supported place. UAP Commonwealth supported places are awarded on the basis of equity criteria including but not limited to: low income, living in a rural or isolated area, Indigenous Australians, women studying in non-traditional areas, recent migrant and permanent disability. You can apply for a Commonwealth Supported Place when you apply for your chosen course and we will advise next steps. 

Please note that Commonwealth Supported Place grants for the University Access Program apply to the current session of study only. You will have to re-apply for a CSP for each session If you study further UAP sessions.

If you are studying the UAP Program and would like to know more information about a CSP, we compiled a list of frequently asked questions that may help you. The application is available here.

For further information contact UniAdvice on 1300 367 869 or via email at

Last reviewed: 12 January, 2017