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Indigenous Enabling Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship

The objective of the Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) Program is to facilitate choice in higher education and to increase higher education participation for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students. The Indigenous Enabling-CECS are to assist Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students with education costs; funding is available for a maximum of two scholarship periods.

Application opening date: 1 October 2014
Application closing date: 30 September 2015
Method of application: Application form will be available to download from this web page between application opening and closing dates


Amount: $2543 per year
Frequency: $1271.50 payment made after each semester census date for a maximum of 2 (two) semesters
Method: Electronic funds transfer

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility criteria:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students
  • Financial hardship or low socio-economic (usually demonstrated by being in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink allowance)
  • Must meet all criteria as per the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines


  • Australian citizen

Level of study:

  • Enabling course
    • C11 Indigenous University Orientation Course
    • C12 University Preparation Course
    • C20 The University Preparation Course (Teacher Assistant Program)

Study mode:

  • Full-time on-campus
  • Full-time off-campus
  • Part-time on-campus (in exceptional circumstances only)
  • Part-time off-campus (in exceptional circumstances only)

Applicant information:

Applicants will be required to provide documents as evidence of eligibility.

Application for this scholarship is made on the application form titled - 'Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships Application'. This application form allows students to complete one document which will be used by the ECU Scholarships Office to assess the applicant for all commonwealth Indigenous scholarships currently available.


Selection will be based on demonstrated need and personal circumstances

More information:

Contact the Scholarships Office.

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