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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. 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 a variety of 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.

Questions? Contact AFTRS Student Centre on 1300 223 877 or studentinfo@aftrs.edu.au.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR 2022 ARE NOW OPEN.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

STORYTELLING SCHOLARSHIP

Course: 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.

The purpose of this scholarship is to support the telling of diverse Australian stories by providing a fee scholarship for a commencing student in the Master of Arts Screen. The application will be selected based on creative excellence.

The AFTRS Storytelling Scholarship will be awarded to support a student’s study by covering their tuition fees for the first year of their course.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

EQUITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Courses: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production, Master of Arts Screen and Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting: Full-Time

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

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

AFTRS Equity Scholarship funds are provided by The Kenneth Myer Fellowship Trust and the AFTRS Executive Hardship Fund.

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

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

FIRST NATIONS SCHOLARSHIPS

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

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

AFTRS First Nations Scholarships are awarded based on creative excellence or equity. The scholarships are intended to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduate and postgraduate students, who may otherwise be under-represented, with the costs associated with higher education at AFTRS.

AFTRS’ fund for the scholarships is managed through the First Nations and Outreach team 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.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

ABC SELWYN SPEIGHT EXCELLENCE RADIO SCHOLARSHIP

Course: Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting

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

This AFTRS and ABC Radio Scholarship of $15,000 is awarded each year 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 Podcasting who displays excellence and is from a 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 if all performance measures are met.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

ONBASS GIANT STEPS SCHOLARSHIP

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 creative excellence 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 be awarded to a student commencing the Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

ATLAS SHORTS SCHOLARSHIP

Course: Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production

APPLICATIONS OPEN MONDAY 23RD AUGUST

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

The Atlas Shorts Screen Excellence Scholarship has been established by Atlas Shorts for students who show creative excellence in Screen Production. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 will be awarded to one student commencing the Bachelor of Arts: Screen Production.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

CRA PODCAST SCHOLARSHIP

Course: Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting: Full-Time

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

The AFTRS and Commercial Radio Australia (CRA) Podcast Scholarship will support a student from an interstate and/or regional or remote area moving to Sydney to study AFTRS’ Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting Full-Time, which covers all aspects of audio including podcasting.

The CRA Podcast Scholarship will provide $7,500 in 2022, to support the student’s living expenses and re-location to Sydney plus a 4-week industry internship.

Refer to the scholarship guidelines for more information.

EXTERNAL SCHOLARSHIPS

AFTRS students are often eligible to apply for scholarships offered by external organisations.

Please refer to the External Scholarship Guidelines for more information.

If you have any questions, please contact the organisation offering the scholarship directly.

HOW TO APPLY

To apply, you will need to complete the online scholarship application form and provide any documentation requested by the closing date.

When completing the application process for your chosen award course, you will be presented with the option to select the scholarship you are interested in and will need to complete the application form from there.

Ensure you meet and address all the criteria in your application. It is important that you answer all questions and provide any requested supporting documentation.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When do scholarships open/close?

Applications for all 2022 scholarships open on Monday 19 July 2021. Applications close on the following dates:

Master of Arts Screen – 8 November 2021 11:59 pm
Bachelor of Arts Screen: Production – 25 October 2021 11:59 pm
Master of Arts Screen: Business – 8 November 2021 11:59 pm
Graduate Diploma in Radio and Podcasting – 8 November 2021 11:59 pm

Don’t wait until the last minute or try and rush through an application. Give yourself plenty of time to search for scholarships you may be eligible for and plan ahead to allow enough time to prepare your application and supporting documentation.

Which scholarships am I eligible for?

Some scholarships are based on certain criteria such as cultural background, your chosen course of study, disability, financial situation or where you live. The eligibility requirements are outlined in the guidelines for each scholarship. Read the eligibility criteria carefully to make sure you are suitable to apply for the scholarship. If you are unsure, you can discuss this with the Student Centre.

Are New Zealand citizens eligible to apply for scholarships?

Yes. New Zealand citizens are eligible to apply for all AFTRS scholarships so long as they meet all other eligibility requirements.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

Complete the online scholarship application form and provide any documentation requested by the closing date. Ensure you meet and address all the criteria in your application. It is important that you answer all questions and provide any requested supporting documentation.

How many scholarships can I apply for?

We encourage you to apply for multiple scholarships, provided you meet the Scholarship(s) eligibility criteria.

How much is a scholarship worth?

The value of each scholarship can be found in the scholarship guidelines.

Can scholarships be deferred?

Recipients cannot defer the commencement of a scholarship. If you are deferring your course, you would need to re-apply for a scholarship in the following year.

Are there any conditions associated with scholarships?

Conditions of scholarships vary; however, they are outlined in the scholarship guidelines and any additional conditions will be clearly outlined in the email sent to successful applicants.

How/When will I find out the outcome of my scholarship application?

You will be notified by email within six weeks of applications closing.

Can I get feedback on my scholarship application?

Due to the large volume of scholarship applications, we cannot provide individual feedback to applicants regarding their scholarship application. AFTRS’ decision is final and correspondence about decisions will not be entered into.

Can I re-apply for future scholarships?

If you are unsuccessful in Semester 1, 2022, you may re-apply for scholarships in the future. You would then need to meet all scholarship eligibility criteria at that time. A new scholarship application, with new supporting documents, would need to be submitted.

Is there another round of scholarships later in the year?

Most scholarships are awarded annually. There is however a second round of applications for the following scholarships:

  • AFTRS Equity Scholarships
  • First Nations Scholarships – Master of Screen Arts: Business (mid-year intake applicants only)

Round 2 scholarships open Monday 9 May 2022 and close Monday 3 June 2022.

How do I demonstrate financial need?

Ways of doing this include:

  • Provide information demonstrating exceptional, real and enduring financial hardship using the Financial Hardship Information fields and supporting documentation, e.g. bank statements.
  • For Australian citizens and residents:
    • Through receiving a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment (such as Parenting Payment Single, Disability Support Pension, Carers Allowance, Jobseeker, Austudy, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance). You will be asked to provide evidence of your current Centrelink support.
  • For New Zealand citizens or other people not receiving a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment:
    • By other information demonstrating exceptional, real and enduring financial hardship.
    • If you do not receive a Commonwealth income support payment you should complete the Financial Hardship fields and provide documentation such as bank statements and other financial documents that demonstrate your need.
  • You may demonstrate another educational disadvantage, such as one or more of the following: Carer responsibilities; sole parent responsibilities; long-term medical condition/disability or ongoing effects of abuse; English language difficulty; You may be an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; a visa holder under Australia’s humanitarian visa program; or you may have regional or remote disadvantage.
  • You should provide documentation that attests to your hardship in the relevant area
How do I demonstrate proof of residency in an interstate and/or regional or remote area?

You may choose to submit a driver’s licence, utility or phone bill, bank statement, insurance policy or proof of enrolment at a secondary school. The document/s you provide must show your full First and Surname and residential address.

Are AFTRS students eligible for any external scholarships?

AFTRS students are often eligible to apply for scholarships offered by external organisations. Links to some of these opportunities can be found on the website.

 

FINANICAL 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 and 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 can 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

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 1 July 2021. 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.