Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (ICECS) are available to future full-time Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students to assist with the costs associated with higher education.


Cash payment of $2543 per year


Up to four years (eight payments) provided eligibility is maintained

Number available



To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • a commencing student enrolled for the first time at Deakin University in your first year of your undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester 2 2015 in a commonwealth supported place 
  • enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • not holding a bachelors degree or higher-level award unless such award is a prerequisite to your current undergraduate course of study
  • in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit, or able to  demonstrate that you have a personal or family taxable income below the HECS-HELP repayment threshold, depending on independence status.

Selection criteria

  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community
  • financial, education or social disadvantage
  • responsibility for others
  • your disability status.

Special conditions

Successful applicants are not permitted to hold an ICECS and Student Start-up Scholarship payable through Centrelink concurrently.

How to apply

All applicants must apply directly to Deakin University via the Deakin Course and Scholarships Applicant Portal by the closing date.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will also be required to provide supporting documentation. You should email your supporting documentation with your applicant portal id number in the subject line to no later than the closing date of the scholarship. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

The supporting documentation required includes evidence of:

  • your financial hardship
  • any medical condition
  • any other disadvantage you are experiencing
  • confirmation of any statement you have provided in your online application.

The types of documents you could provide are listed on the Supporting documentation page.

Closing date

Applications for Trimester 2 2015 open 1 July 2015 and close 22 July 2015 at 5pm.

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