Education is a worthwhile investment in your future, and there are various options to help you reach your study goal.

A variety of financial support options which you may be able to access include: AFTRS Scholarships, AFTRS Special Finance Assistance and Government support (FEE-HELP, Youth Allowance, Austudy and Abstudy).

Got a question? Contact AFTRS Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or


AFTRS Equity Scholarships are awarded to assist financially disadvantaged students with the costs associated with higher education.

The scholarships are intended to support people from low socio-economic backgrounds or who are otherwise under-represented in higher education to study at AFTRS.

Applications for the 2018 Equity Scholarships open in July 2017 and are available for the BA Screen: Production and the MA Screen.


Download the 2018 BA Screen: Production Equity Scholarships Guidelines

Apply for the 2018 BA Screen: Production Equity Scholarship here.

Applications close: 3 October 2017


Download the 2018 MA Screen Equity Scholarships Guidelines

Apply for the 2018 MA Screen Equity Scholarship here.

Applications close: 16 October 2017

You may need to complete the Financial Hardship Form and email it to


AFTRS Indigenous Scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit or equity. The scholarships are intended to assist Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander award course students, who may otherwise be under-represented, with the costs associated with higher education at AFTRS.

Applications for the 2018 Indigenous Scholarships open 1 July 2017 and have the following closing dates:

  • Bachelor of Arts Screen: 3 October 2017
  • Postgraduate courses: 16 October 2017
  • Diplomas & Advanced Diplomas: 1 December 2017

Dates vary per program and for more information refer to the relevant guidelines below for more details.


AFTRS MAS Indigenous Scholarship funds are provided by The Kenneth Myer Fellowship Trust.

Each scholarship is valued up to $25,000 and is for one year only. There are two scholarships available in 2018.

$12,500 will be awarded each semester, to be paid following the applicable census date. Payments are conditional on the recipient remaining enrolled, in good academic standing, and continuing to meet the eligibility and disadvantage criteria, and any other conditions.


AFTRS provides support to other Indigenous students enrolled in award courses. AFTRS’ fund for the scholarships is managed through the Indigenous Unit and overseen by the CEO. AFTRS may give support for a range of purposes associated with a course. For example, AFTRS may contribute towards relocation costs, study resources and other costs, at AFTRS’ discretion.

The amount of support may vary, from $500 to $10,000, depending on the course and a student’s individual circumstances. In exceptional circumstances, higher financial support may be given. Where a course runs for more than one semester, payments will be made in each semester in equal instalments.

Generally, payments will be made after the applicable census date and are conditional on the student remaining enrolled, in good academic standing, and continuing to meet the eligibility criteria and any other conditions.

Download the 2018 Indigenous Scholarships Guidelines

Contact the Indigenous Unit for more details:


AFTRS and SBS are pleased to offer the first bilingual scholarship for the Graduate Diploma in Radio in 2018.

The following language groups are qualified to apply:

  • Arabic
  • Cantonese
  • Greek
  • Hindi
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Korean
  • Kurdish
  • Mandarin
  • Nepali
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Bilingual applicants will be required to sit the SBS Radio Language Skill Test. The successful applicant will intern at SBS Radio one day per week throughout the year.

The scholarship covers the full cost of tuition. No fees will be payable.

Applications Close: 16 October 2017

Apply for the SBS Bilingual Radio Scholarship


AFTRS and ABC Radio have announced a new scholarship of $14,500 to be awarded each year for the next three years to develop Australian radio talent, with a focus on diversity.

The scholarship has been adapted from an existing, long standing bequest to AFTRS from the late ABC broadcaster Selwyn Speight, who was the first executive producer of flagship Radio Current Affairs program AM.

The scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is accepted into AFTRS’ prestigious Graduate Diploma in Radio and is from an Indigenous or culturally and linguistically diverse background.

The successful applicant will also be provided with an internship at the ABC one day per week, and will be offered a 12 month employment contract upon graduation, as long as all performance measures are met.

Download the 2018 AFTRS and ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship Guidelines

Applications close: 16 October 2017

Complete the online form to apply.


The purpose of the Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship for Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting is to expand and enrich the School’s student community by recognising and supporting an outstanding Master of Arts Screen: Screenwriting student, selected on the basis of merit from eligible students from diverse cultural, ethnic or socio-economic backgrounds, or from otherwise underrepresented minority groups.

It is awarded to support and develop the career of the recipient, providing them with a $20,000 scholarship and if possible, a professional attachment during the course.

Applications Close: 16 October 2017

Download the 2018 Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship Guidelines

Apply now for the Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship


AFTRS Special Financial Assistance

AFTRS provides limited financial assistance for students experiencing severe or sudden financial hardship that may affect their ability to take up the offer of a place in a course of study, or continue in a course of study.

Refer to the Application for Financial Assistance form >


For detailed information on the following allowances see the Centrelink website.

Austudy, Abstudy & Youth Allowance

Bachelor of Arts (Screen) and other full-time students enrolled at AFTRS may be eligible for government income support including Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance.

Youth Allowance and Austudy

If you are aged between 16-to-24 you may be eligible for support through Youth Allowance. If you are aged 25 and over you may be eligible for support through Austudy. To be eligible for Youth Allowance or Austudy you must be:

  • An Australian resident, and
  • Enrolled in a full time award course, and
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or appropriate postgraduate course (up to Graduate Diploma level).

If you are an Indigenous student and aged over 14 you may be eligible for Abstudy if you are:

  • An Australian citizen, and
  • Enrolled in a part time or full time award course, and
  • Enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course (up to Doctorate level).

Your eligibility will also depend on your and/or your partner's or parents' income and assets.

Please note: The Master of Arts Screen course is not an approved course for students to receive Austudy, Youth Allowance (student) and Pensioner Education Supplement through Centrelink.


All AFTRS award courses are FEE-HELP approved.

AFTRS is an approved Higher Education Provider and is registered with the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency.

This means eligible AFTRS students have the opportunity to apply for the Australian Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme to help pay your course fees if you meet the citizenship and residency requirements as follows:

  • You are an Australian citizen
  • You are a holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • You are enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date
  • You meet the tax file number requirements.
  • You will undertake at least one unit of study whilst residing in Australia.

In order to meet the tax file number requirements:

  • You must give AFTRS your valid Tax File Number (TFN) OR
  • If you do not have a TFN you can give AFTRS a Certificate of Application for a TFN. This certificate is available from the Australian Tax Office (ATO) when you apply for a TFN.

You are NOT eligible for the FEE-HELP loan scheme if you are:

  • A New Zealand citizen (other than a Special Category Visa holder).
  • An Australian permanent resident (other than the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa).

New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa holders

  • The Australian Government has passed legislation to provide Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans to New Zealand citizens who are Special Category Visa (SCV) holders and meet the requisite criteria.
  • Note: just being a New Zealand citizen, or holding a Special Category Visa, won’t automatically entitle you to HELP loans – you must meet all of the required eligibility criteria under this category.

If you hold a New Zealand SCV you will be able to access HELP loans, providing you meet ALL the long-term residency requirements:

  • First began residing in Australia at least 10 years ago and at that time you were a child under the age of 18 with no spouse or de facto partner; and
  • You have been in Australia for at least:
    • a total of eight out of the past 10 years; and
    • a total of 18 months out of the last two years.

If you do not meet all of the above criteria you are not eligible for HELP loans


FEE-HELP means you can study without having to pay upfront fees.

You can also pay your fees with a combination of an upfront payment and FEE-HELP.

If you obtain a FEE-HELP loan from the Australian Government to pay for your studies, a FEE-HELP debt is recorded for you with the ATO. You repay the government through the taxation system once your income reaches a set threshold.

Repayment of FEE-HELP debt is calculated by the Australian Tax Office and the amount
will be included in your income tax notice of assessment.

For further information about FEE-HELP refer to the Australian government's Study Assist website.

FEE-HELP forms and information booklets are posted by the student centre to all eligible students.


AFTRS has made every attempt to ensure the information on this page is as accurate as possible as of June 28, 2017. However, to the extent permitted by law, AFTRS gives no guarantee and accepts no responsibility for the information’s accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness. Individuals are responsible for evaluating the information provided for their own purposes, and for confirming the currency of the FEE-HELP information on this page by referring to the Australian Government's Study Assist website.


The Australian Film Television Radio and School would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners, the Bidjigal people and Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, on whose land we meet, work, study and teach. We pay our respects to Elders past and present, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land.