Future Fit Scholarships

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A $4,000 boost to kickstart your online studies

You can get a $4,000 boost to help kickstart your studies when you enrol to study online at UNE in Trimester 3, which commences on October 25.

We understand that many people are doing it tough during these uncertain times, and it’s for this reason UNE is awarding five Future Fit Scholarships to new, commencing online students.

We are a university that, more than any other, helps people and communities fit themselves to a world and to workplaces that are changing rapidly, and a Future Fit Scholarship provides real opportunity and positive change for students who are faced with a range of everyday challenges.

To qualify for one of the $4,000 scholarships, all you have to do is demonstrate that you are experiencing financial difficulty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and that you have the academic background to succeed in your studies. See below for full details and how to apply.


Value per annum:$4,000
Payment Method:Bank Account
Number awarded:5
Duration:1 year
Study Mode:Online/Off campus
Study Load:Full time or Part-time
Course Type:Undergraduate 
New/Continuing students:New/Commencing 
Application Closing Date: 3 October 2021

Who can Apply?

1. Australian Citizen/Permanent Resident: The applicant must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident as defined by the Commonwealth

2. Open to new/commencing UNE students enrolled Online

3. Academic requirement: An ATAR of at least 70 is required for New/Commencing school leaver/gap year students

4. Financial Disadvantage: Be able to demonstrate financial need as a result of theCovid-19 pandemic.

Selection Criteria (in Order of Importance)

    The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of (in order):

    Financial need


    Academic merit


    The statement of case:

    • Why are you studying your chosen course and what are your career aspirations?
    • What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
    • What impact will NOT receiving the scholarship have on your studies?
    • What special conditions or obstacles have you overcome in your path to study? e.g. financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage

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Supporting Documentation/Required Information

The listed documents are acceptable forms of evidence in each of the following criteria:

  1. Financial Need:
    1. Complete the Financial Need details section of the UNE Scholarship Application Form
    2. The applicant should attach evidence to support financial need, which may be one or more of the following:
      1. A copy of a Centrelink statement or their Income Tax Return (if independent) and/or
      2. Their parent’s/parents’ Income Tax Return/s (if dependent) 

        If both i. or ii. above are not available, a letter from an authorised person (e.g. community leader, school principal, minister of religion, accountant) may be accepted as proof of financial circumstances. Please note that the letter must contain specific information about the applicant’s financial and/or family circumstances in order to be accepted.

  1. Provide relevant documentation to demonstrate how COVID-19 has impacted your (or your family's) financial situation (e.g. separation certificate, letter from employer or accountant, etc.)
  2. Statement of Case outlining:
    • Why are you studying your chosen course and what are your career aspirations?
    • What extra-curricular activities are you involved in?
    • What impact will NOT receiving the scholarship have on your studies?
    • What special conditions or obstacles have you overcome in your path to study? e.g. financial, geographic, cultural or other disadvantage
How to Apply

Applications for the UNE Foundation Online Student Scholarship should be made through the Application for University of New England Scholarship/s Form.

Only complete applications will be processed, so please ensure that you have submitted all required documentation with your application. The Student Scholarships team will notify you via email when your application has been processed.



1. Undergraduate scholarship holders may not hold more than one UNE scholarship if the combined value is greater than six thousand dollars ($6,000) per annum.

2. The scholarship is intended for the nominated course and may not be deferred or transferred.

3. If you wish to make any significant changes to your enrolment (e.g. change of degree, study mode or load) you must notify the UNE Alumni Relations and Student Scholarships team prior to doing so. If you no longer satisfy the criteria and conditions of the scholarship, you may not retain it.

4. Failure to meet the conditions of your scholarship may result in you being required to repay any instalment already received.

5. The scholarship is payable into the recipient’s bank account in 2 instalments within 30 days following the Trimester 3 2021 and Trimester 1 2022 census dates;

6. Continuation of the scholarship, if applicable, is subject to:

  1. Maintenance of a GPA of 5.0 in each trimester. For continuing students, results for Trimester 2 and 3 will be combined for the purpose of calculating eligibility for continuation of the scholarship in Trimester 1 in the second and subsequent years.
  2. The scholar continuing to maintain eligibility in relation to their enrolment status (e.g. full or part time, on or off campus) as stipulated by the Scholarship terms. Students unsure about this should contact the UNE Alumni Relations and Student Scholarships team to discuss their situation.
  3. Full time students are expected to complete their course in the minimum period of candidature.
  4. Submission of brief Trimester reports in May and September each year reporting on progress with their studies and involvement in sporting,  cultural and community activities as well as participation in University life, where applicable.

7. Any request to vary the conditions of the scholarship must be made in writing and will be determined at the discretion of the Alumni Relations and Student Scholarships team (or other relevant committee).

8. The student may be required to attend the annual scholarships donor event if they are invited to do so, and may be asked to participate in activities to promote this scholarship and other scholarships in general, including public speaking, donor liaison, media interviews and photographs.

9. Some scholarships may affect other government payments. It is the recipient’s responsibility to seek advice from the relevant government agency.

10. From time to time minor changes may be required to the administrative conditions of this scholarship. If this occurs recipients will be given advance notice in  writing. Donors will also be consulted where appropriate.

11. Failure to meet the requirements of these Terms and Conditions may lead to the termination of the scholarship.


In accepting the Future Fit Scholarship, the recipient acknowledges that they have read, understand and accept the Terms and Conditions specified above.