Going to university costs a lot of money. And while your tuition fees might be covered by the Australian government – until you start working and paying them back – there are other things you have to pay for, like other fees, text books and living expenses.
It really helps to have a budget so you know what expenses you'll have and what income you'll have to cover these. It also helps if you know where to look for savings.
How to create a budget
The best way to take control of your finances is to do a budget. If you struggle to know where your money is coming from and going to you might find this MoneySmart tool handy.
The MoneySmart website has loads of tips and tools to make your budget stretch further. Remember to put aside some savings for large expenses, such as textbooks at the beginning of each semester.MoneySmart tool
Can I get a scholarship?
There's a popular misconception around scholarships and who is awarded them.
Yes, they go to really bright people who've achieved great results as a student.
But they also go to plenty of other people for all sorts of reasons.
Scholarships are available to eligible domestic students as well as international students.
So don't rule out a scholarship as a way to help your budget along. We award many of them each year, some from public donors and some from our university.Find a scholarship
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander scholarships
ECU has scholarships that provide financial support for you if you're an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student, including:
- ECU Vice Chancellor's Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
- ECU Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
- ECU Equity Scholarship
- The Perth Airport Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholarship
- Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship
- Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Research Scholarship
NOTE: Please check dates and eligibility guidelines carefully, as they will differ for each scholarship.
If you want to talk to us about scholarships please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out the Aspiration Initiative, a website providing information about scholarships and going to university.