FINANCIAL SUPPORT

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).

AFTRS EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications for the 2017 Equity Scholarships will be open in December 2016 and close in January 2017 after offers of places in courses are finalised. Dates vary by program, please refer to the information sheet below for details.

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.

Download the 2017 BA Screen: Production Equity Scholarships Guidelines

Download the 2017 MA Screen Equity Scholarships Guidelines

Contact AFTRS Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au if you have any questions.

AFTRS INDIGENOUS SCHOLARSHIPS

Applications for the 2017 Indigenous Scholarships will be open in December 2016 and close in January 2017 after offers of places in courses are finalised. Dates vary by program, please refer to the information sheet below for details.

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.

Download the 2017 Indigenous Scholarships Guidelines

Download the 2017 Indigenous Scholarships Application Form

Contact the Indigenous Unit for more details: indigenous@aftrs.edu.au

AFTRS & SBS BILINGUAL RADIO SCHOLARSHIP

AFTRS and SBS are pleased to offer the first bilingual scholarship for the Graduate Diploma in Radio in 2017.

The following language groups are qualified to apply:

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

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.

Read more on the SBS Bilingual Radio Scholarship

AFTRS & ABC SELWYN SPEIGHT 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.

FOXTEL DIVERSITY SCREENWRITING SCHOLARSHIP

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.

Download the 2017 Foxtel Diversity Screenwriting Scholarship Guidelines

AFTRS SPECIAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

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 >

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

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).
Abstudy

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.

FEE-HELP

FEE-HELP

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.

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.
  • An Australian permanent resident (other than the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa).

FEE-HELP HOW IT WORKS

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.

*Disclaimer:

AFTRS has made every attempt to ensure the information on this page is as accurate as possible as of April 14, 2015. 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.

Acknowledgement

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.