Scholarships Eligibility Criteria



Am I eligible?

Tertiary scholarships

Is the applicant aged between 18 and 25?
Chances for Children Tertiary scholarships are granted to young people aged between 18 – 25 who are wanting to complete an undergraduate degree at University, or a Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma at TAFE.

If you are eligible to attend TAFE and are under the age of 18, please refer to Chances’ fund, Keeping Kids at Secondary School.


Non Tertiary scholarships

Chances for Children Non Tertiary scholarships are granted to young people aged between 4 – 25, eligible to attend pre-school/kindergarten up to and including tertiary education.

Is the applicant an Australia Citizen living in North West Victoria or South West New South Wales?
This area refers to the Local Government Areas of Mildura (RC), Wentworth (S), Balranald (S), Swan Hill (RC), Gannawarra (S), Buloke (S), and Greater Wakool Ward.  You must currently reside or attend school in these areas at the time of applying to Chances.
You must be an Australia Citizen to be eligible for a Chances award.

Are there financial reasons why the applicant needs our help?
Your application must evidence that the applicant and their family are unable to financially support the request.

Has the applicant looked at other options?
Chances 
scholarships should be treated as a last resort.  We encourage you to also apply for other scholarship options and other sources of funding (general scholarships; government support) as well as applying to Chances. 

To learn more about what scholarships are available we suggest that you:
 
If you do get awarded a scholarship from another source, there is still a possibility that Chances will assist you by topping up your scholarship if you are still in financial need.
 
Students eligible for the following assistance are encouraged to opt in.

For young people requiring assistance for integration aide support, it must be evidenced that the young person is not eligible for funding through the Department of Education.

Exceptions to eligibility
If you do not meet one or more of these criteria and you would like to discuss your circumstances, please contact Chances on 0350 217 480 before completing an application.

Tertiary applications

What can I apply for?

Study at University
  • Often your costs to study at University are unknown.  That’s ok, please just include your chosen University preferences and where you think you might be living, for example indicate if you have applied to live on campus/in private rental etc.
  • It is important you know whether and what you are eligible for support from Centrelink.
  • Your award is granted based on the above criteria.  The level of financial support you’ll actually require will be determined after your application is approved and Chances staff meet with you.
Study at TAFE - including apprenticeships
  • Course fees that cannot be VET-FEE HELP/Student Loan deferred
  • Text books
  • Supplies/equipment
  • Living expenses (if living independently)
  • Expenses when travelling to trade school
 What can’t I apply for?
  • Post-graduate degrees that do not form part of a natural course progression (i.e. biomedicine – medicine).
  • Course fees where they are able to be VET-Fee Help/Student Loan/HECS deferred.
  • Full fee paying courses where an equivalent HECS- HELP funded course is available.
  • Reimbursements for expenses already incurred.
  • Activities for studies outside of Australia are given low priority.
Non Tertiary applications

What can I apply for?

Integration Aid 
  • Applicants who are ineligible for Department of Education funding for integration aide support.
  • Evidence of applicant’s learning difficulty/disability is required.
  • Successful applicants are required to have an Individual Learning Plan to be developed based on the support provided by Chances, as well as interim reports outlining their achievements.
Allied Health
  • Applicants who require Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy or other therapies due to their disability/delay.
  • Evidence of applicant’s disability/delay is required.
  • Successful applicants are required to have therapist’s provide interim reports outlining their improvement.
Sport
  • Applicants who require sport fees, uniforms, travel and accommodation to participate in State level or above tournaments/coaching.
  • Level of achievement must be evidenced, as well as evidence as a serious career path.
  • Applicants who require tuition fees, travel, exam costs to continue with music.
  • Level of achievement must be evidenced, as well as evidence as a serious career path.
Music
  • Applicants who require tuition fees, travel, exam costs to continue with music.
  • Level of achievement must be evidenced, as well as evidence as a serious career path.
Leadership
  • Applicants wishing to participate in leadership activities – e.g. Alpine Leadership School, Kwong Lee Dow.
What can’t I apply for?
  • Private school fees
  • Scholarships for lap top computers/ iPads are given low priority.
  • Activities for studies outside of Australia are given low priority.

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