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Scholarships and financial support

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To inspire creativity and innovation, we want to work with students from diverse backgrounds. In order to achieve this, we offer a range of scholarships that recognise excellence and assist with the costs associated with higher education. 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).

Have a question? Contact AFTRS Student Centre on (02) 9805 6444 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au

Scholarships

Storytelling Scholarship

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production or Master of Arts Screen

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications.  You will need to submit applications for both.

Since its inception in 1973 as the national film, television and radio school, AFTRS has empowered Australian storytelling talent. Australian storytelling is vital for building our culture and identity and connecting with one another. AFTRS wants to discover and enable diverse Australian voices, the Storytelling Scholarship has been created to support this aim.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support the telling of Australian stories by providing a fee scholarship for a commencing student in 2020 in the Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production. The application will be selected on the basis of merit.

The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will be awarded to support a student’s study by covering their tuition fees for the duration of their course. One scholarship may be offered in 2020 to either a Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts: Production student after consideration by the selection committee. In the event of there being no suitable applicants for that year the committee will convene to determine a course of action.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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Equity scholarships

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production and Master of Arts Screen

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications.  You will need to submit applications for both.

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 2020 Equity Scholarships are available for the BA Screen: Production and the MA Screen.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production for more information.

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Indigenous scholarships

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, Master of Arts Screen, Master of Arts Screen: Business and Leadership or Graduate Diploma in Radio

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications.  You will need to submit applications for both.

AFTRS Indigenous Scholarships are awarded on the basis of artistic 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.

AFTRS provides support to other Indigenous students enrolled in all 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 depending on the course and a student’s individual circumstances. In exceptional circumstances, higher financial support may be given.

For further enquiries contact the Student Centre on info@aftrs.edu.au or the Indigenous Unit for more details on (02) 9805 6514 indigenous@aftrs.edu.au

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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AFTRS Radio/ABC Selwyn Speight Scholarship

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Course: Graduate Diploma in Radio

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications.  You will need to submit applications for both.

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.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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UNHCR Beddie Scholarship

Applications close on Tues 3 Sept.

Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications.  You will need to submit applications for both.

The UNHCR Beddie Scholarship is for a refugee intending to pursue a career in the creative industries. It will support study at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

The Scholarship has been established with support from AFTRS, Australia for UNHCR and the daughter of Rurer Beddie to help the scholarship recipient develop their storytelling talents. The scholarship, valued at over $72,000, covers full tuition for Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, living expenses and internship opportunities at Australia for UNCHR.

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Onbass Giant Steps Scholarship

Applications open

Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both.

The Onbass Giant Steps Scholarship has been established by Gentle Giant Media Group and the Onbass Fund for students who show great merit and who also require financial assistance to study at AFTRS. The scholarship is valued at $22,500 for each recipient (paid in instalments of $7,500 each year for three years) and will first be awarded to a student commencing the Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production in 2020 and thereafter on an annual basis.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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Audible Inspiring Voices Scholarship for Women

APPLICATIONS OPEN

Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both.

The Audible Inspiring Voices Scholarship for Women will provide $20,000 a year for three years from 2020 to support an emerging female creative aspiring to produce compelling audio entertainment. The scholarship will allow the recipient to study the AFTRS Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production program and will assist with expenses related to full time study.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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Virgin Australia Scholarship

Applications open

Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production or Master of Arts Screen.

Scholarship applications are separate from course applications. You will need to submit applications for both.

The Virgin Australia Scholarship will be awarded to support and develop the career of the recipient living outside of NSW, providing them with a $20,000 scholarship as well as one return flight from Sydney to their hometown. The scholarship is intended to support students commencing their studies by providing a contribution to a living allowance or towards relocation costs, study resources, fees or other costs. One scholarship may be offered in 2020 to either a Master of Arts Screen or Bachelor of Arts: Production student after consideration by the selection committee.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

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Financial support

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: Production 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.

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.

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

HOW FEE-HELP 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.

The Student Centre will contact all eligible students prior to the commencement of their course with instructions on how to apply for a FEE-HELP loan.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about FEE-HELP, refer to the following Australian government resources:

**Disclaimer: AFTRS has made every attempt to ensure the information on this page is as accurate as possible as of 5 September 2018. 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.