Scholarships and Bursaries

For over 150 years St Paul’s College, from its modest numbers, has sent forth Governors, Prime Ministers, Generals, Justices, clergy, doctors, geologists, Rhodes Scholars and even a Chancellor of our University. This has only been possible because of the enduring generosity of others.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES 

Each year the College awards a significant number of scholarships and bursaries with a range in value. Academic Scholarships are awarded purely on the basis of proven academic merit. (These are awarded automatically to HSC students achieving an ATAR of 98+, and current university students achieving an annual average mark of 80+. There is no need to apply for academic scholarships).

Bursaries are awarded on the basis of financial need and applicants are required to demonstrate that, without a bursary, they would be unable to afford the fees. (Parents’ capacity to pay is taken into account.) All scholarships and bursaries are awarded for 12 months in the first instance and recipients must reapply each year for renewal, which is subject to good academic progress, satisfactory conduct and contribution to the life of the College. All scholarship applications must be received by 30 November. Please note: Scholarship applications may be sent either together with the admission application, or separately.

ELIGIBILITY FOR NEED-BASED BURSARIES – UNDERGRADUATE

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE STARTING AN APPLICATION

The College’s bursary scheme is designed as a way of attracting as many strong candidates as possible regardless of their background or capacity to pay the fees. The scheme is limited and subject to enormous demand. It exists to help those who are truly in financial need, NOT as an award for academic or other achievements, and NOT to make life more comfortable for the already fortunate.

Bursaries are for those who, without which, would genuinely be unable to afford the College fees. A useful metric is to ask yourself if you are applying for bursary assistance due to a choice, or because you have no other choice.

College does not consider bursaries for those whose parents are well-off but who choose not to support them living in College. That choice is a personal family matter, but the Bursary Scheme does not exist to subsidise that choice.

Similarly, the College does not consider bursaries for those who choose not to avail themselves of family support. Wishing to become independent from parents is a noble goal, but this cannot be achieved by simply becoming dependant on College. The Bursary Scheme does not exist to subsidise that choice.

Bursaries are generally allocated to those who do not have such choices. Families with few or no assets, and with annual incomes little more than a year’s fees do not have the choice to fund a family member’s time at College.

Bursaries do not exist to cover all of a student’s expenses, and should be viewed as one funding source among several for those who are eligible. A student receiving a bursary would be expected to also be funding their fees through a combination of savings, government support, and especially, paid work. A member choosing not to undertake paid work during their studies would not be eligible for a bursary.

College bursaries are not awarded in order to subsidise school or college fees for an applicant’s siblings. Payment of such fees for other family members is a consequence of choice on the part of parents and does not signal need on the part of the applicant for a College bursary.

Please consider carefully your real need for assistance, and apply accordingly. Applying for a Bursary ‘just to try’ or because it would be nice to have more money around wastes our time and yours. It will be rejected.

Applications submitted without full accounting of the students’ and their parents’ full income (specifically their tax assessment for the most recent financial year) and assets will be discarded without consideration, regardless of explanation.