Pathways Access Scholarship

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All Access Scholarships are partly funded by the Federal Department of Education’s Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPPP). HEPPP aims to ensure that Australians from low SES backgrounds who have the ability to study at university get the opportunity to do so.

The Pathways Access Scholarship is open to students who have completed a vocational education and training (VET) qualification in the year prior to commencing a full-time undergraduate degree at Swinburne.

Courses eligible

Any undergraduate course offered by Swinburne University of Technology.

Eligibility / selection criteria

To be eligible for the Pathways Access Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Meet the following criteria:
    • an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa
  2. Meet the following enrolment criteria:
    • be a Swinburne student in Semester 1, 2023
    • enrolled full-time in an eligible course (see courses eligible in section above)
    • have completed a vocational education and training (VET) qualification (Cert I - IV, Diploma (inc. Unilink) and Advanced Diploma) in 2022 as a pathway to an undergraduate degree at Swinburne
  3. Submit a personal statement (500 words) addressing social disavantage
  4. Provide evidence of financial hardship and or personal hardship (documents such as salary slips, Centrelink statement, Health Care Card)

Please note: Previous recipients of any type of Swinburne University ACCESS (Equity) Scholarship are not eligible to apply for any other Swinburne University ACCESS (Equity) Scholarship.


This scholarship is valued at $5,000 for one year only

How to apply

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit with all supporting documentation by 31 March 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For assistance when completing your application, please view the Scholarship Application Help Guide.


All scholarships offered by Swinburne are governed by a set of conditions. Please visit our Scholarship Conditions page for further information.


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