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Scholarships and Government loans and Subsidies


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

  • 15 years old or over: AND
  • no longer at school: AND
  • living or working in NSW: AND
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

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.


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.


If 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.

Traineeships combine work-based training with an employer and formal training from a training provider and are a great way to be paid for work, learn and earn a qualification. You may be eligible to apply for a subsidised traineeship under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled funding initiative. The subsidy is available to trainees who are new entrants, but not those who are existing workers. Your employer can confirm your trainee category. As a new entrant trainee, you are eligible for a government subsidy for your traineeship qualification, even if you already have a Certificate IV or higher qualification. If you have completed a traineeship at school, this will not affect your eligibility for Smart and Skilled subsidised training after you leave school. If you’re starting your training with your training provider in a subsidised traineeship, your Smart and Skilled student fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

*Subject to funding availability at the time of application and course and student eligibility.

To check your eligibility, please see here.

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Commonwealth Supported Place

 Under a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), the Australian government will pay for part of your tuition fees (called the subsidy amount), and you pay the rest (called the student contribution).

  • Students enrolled in the Diploma of Engineering and STEP to UOW programs are enrolled under a CSP, which does not require a student contribution, meaning there are no tuition fees for these programs.
  • University Access Program (UAP) students are encouraged to apply for a CSP. There are limited places available. If successful, no student contribution is applicable. If your application for a CSP is unsuccessful, the course fee will be payable.

To be eligible to receive a Commonwealth Supported Place, you will need to meet the identified eligibility requirements which may include the below 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
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

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. Application available here.

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

Student Loans


FEE-HELP is an Australian Government income contingent loan scheme that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). FEE-HELP assists eligible students pay their tuition fees and is available for the following UOW College courses:

Click here to access the Government Study Assist website for more information on FEE-HELP

Instructions on how to apply for FEE-HELP are available here.


VET Student Loans is an Australian Government income contingent loan scheme that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) and replaces the VET FEE-HELP scheme from 1 January 2017. VET Student Loans assists eligible students enrolled in approved Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses at approved training providers pay their tuition fees subject to a maximum loan amount. VET Student Loans is available for the following UOW College courses:

VET Student Loans will only be approved for students who meet eligibility requirements. A VET Student Loan gives rise to a HELP debt that continues to be a debt due to the Commonwealth until it is repaid.

*Subject to availability in accordance with the Federal Government imposed provider loan limit.

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Last reviewed: 13 February, 2019