Financial Assistance

Semester 2, 2023 applications for financial assistance are now open. Please note applications will close on Wednesday 31 May.


Ormond welcomes students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences

Accessibility has been at the heart of the College since its inception, and we remain committed to attracting talented students from diverse backgrounds, regardless of financial need. Our financial assistance program supports students who face economic barriers when it comes to attending or remaining at Ormond College. 

We can help make your College experience possible

About one third of Ormond students receive financial assistance, which is offered solely on the basis of individual financial need. Funds are allocated after careful consideration of your financial needs and specific selection criteria for our scholarships.

Scholarship funds come from the generous support of our alumni and supports. Thanks to their generosity, up to $1.3 million in financial assistance is available to eligible students each year.

If you feel like finances may be a barrier for you, get in touch to discuss how we can help you join the Ormond community as a graduate student.


Families with an income below $250,000 are eligible to apply. If you are financially independent from your family, there are no eligibility criteria to apply.

The amount of financial assistance offered is based on the individual financial needs of every student. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure we are best meeting each student’s individual needs.

Application Process

Applications for Semester 2, 2023 are now open.

Any student who believes they require financial assistance to come to Ormond should apply via the application form below.

Students make one application for financial assistance and the College then determines which scholarship, or combination of scholarships, you could be eligible for. You do not apply for a specific scholarship. 

We make all financial assistance offers to future students in conjunction with the offer of residency so it is a good idea to submit your Financial Assistance application at the same time, or shortly after, you submit your application for residency.

The closing date for Semester 2, 2023 Financial Assistance applications is Wednesday 31 May.


Financial Assistance Application - Semester 2, 2023

Scholarships and selection criteria

We have a range of scholarships available for graduate students who have financial need and:

  • are all-round achievers and/or make positive contributions to community
  • have family incomes which may present barriers for them or are financially independent from their families
  • grew up in rural or regional Australia
  • identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • attended a government secondary school
  • demonstrate academic excellence and/or outstanding ability.

Below are just some examples of scholarships we have available.

Students in particular fields of study

  • The Daniel Murnane (Veterinary Science) Scholarship – up to $36,000
    This full fee remission scholarship supports a Graduate veterinary student to live at Ormond College, and subsequently at Werribee and/or other rural campuses, for the full term of their veterinary science degree.The purpose of the scholarship is to make it possible for a rural student to obtain their veterinary degree while living at Ormond (and later at the rural campus(es)).To be eligible for this scholarship the student must have a significant financial need.
  • Peter Callow Memorial Scholarship Fund – up to $20,000 for students studying a medical related degree, including Biomedicine.
  • Cairns Scholarship – up to $25,000 for graduate medical students.
  • Dew Scholarship in Medicine – up to $18,000 for graduate medical students.
  • Nigel Sacks Bursary – up to $15,000 for students studying a medical related degree.
  • Warwick Bisley Scholarship – up to $20,000 for a first or second-year Graduate student studying Engineering.

General Scholarships

  • Sir Ian McLennan Scholarship – up to $26,000 for students with a demonstrated high financial need.
  • Bill and Joan Paterson Scholarship – up to $9,000 for students with academic excellence and a demonstrated high financial need.
  • Swinburne Scholarship – up to $10,000 for students with a demonstrated high financial need.
  • John Leaper Scholarship – up to $8,500 for a student who is the first in their family to come to Ormond.

Students from rural areas

  • Stewart Family Scholarship – up to $15,000 for students from rural or regional Victoria, preferably the Wimmera, with academic potential.
  • Neville & Di Bertalli Scholarship – up to $20,000 for students from rural or regional Australia.
  • Richard & Verna Gutch Scholarship – up to $17,000 for students from rural or regional schools.
  • Alex Lyne Educational Trust Scholarship – up to $20,000 for students from rural or regional schools.

Don’t let finances stop you from applying. Get in touch to discuss your options.

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