Indigenous students applying to the University of Melbourne may be eligible for the ABSTUDY Residential Costs Option. The Residential Costs Option will cover Indigenous students accommodation cost and provide the student with a reduced fortnightly payment.
Students should have their ABSTUDY eligibility assessed in advance (before applying for accommodation) by contacting Centrelink on 1800 132 317.
Please note: there are College related expenses that are not covered by ABSTUDY (for example, social events organised by the Ormond College Students Club) so Indigenous students will be responsible for these non-compulsory charges.
Murrup Barak Melbourne Institute for Indigenous Development can assist Indigenous students to liaise with colleges and access financial support to meet their accommodation needs if the student is not eligible for ABSTUDY and the subsequent Residential Costs Option. Students can also apply direct to colleges without engaging with Murrup Barak if they do not require support and advice.
Students who are not ABSTUDY eligible may be eligible to receive college fee-relief provisions. Applicants will be assessed on financial need, and will take into account the student’s contribution towards accommodation fees, the balance will be equally shared between the University and the respective college. At the end of this process students will enter into an agreement that will articulate this offer.
Murrup Barak will lead the college fee-relief process with the colleges on a student’s behalf. For more information on how to apply, please contact the Indigenous Student Success Team.
As part of an offer into the Bachelor of Arts and Science Extended Programs, students are required to live in college for their first year of study. This ensures students are connected and builds a foundation for success.
If you are unsure of your funding options, please contact us for a confidential discussion.