Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

The objectives of the Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) Program are to facilitate choice in higher education and to increase higher education participation for Indigenous students. The Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (ICECS) are to assist eligible Indigenous students with education costs.

What are the benefits for you?

Cash payment of $2599 per year


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

Eligibility criteria

All conditions must be met

  • Be an Australian citizen
  • be an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person
  • be a commencing student enrolled for the first time at Deakin University in your undergraduate bachelor degree in Trimester 2 2016 in a Commonwealth Supported Place 
  • be enrolled full time unless there are exceptional circumstances preventing full time study
  • not be holding a bachelors degree or higher-level award unless such award is a prerequisite to your current undergraduate course of study
  • be 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
  • not have already received an ICECS for the maximum duration of eight semester periods.
Number availableTo be advised
Selection criteria
  • the degree of your involvement in your local Aboriginal and/or 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.

Opening and closing dates

Applications for Trimester 2 2016 open 6 June 2016 and close 11 July 2016 at 5pm.

How to apply

Apply online via the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

Supporting documentation

As part of the application process you will need to provide supporting documentation to confirm your circumstances.

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.

Please visit the Supporting documentation page for examples of the types of documents you could provide.

You must email your these documents with your six-digit applicant ID number in the subject line to

Due date for documentation: No later than the closing date of the scholarship. Late or incomplete documentation will not be accepted.

When will I knowYou will know the outcome of your application within six weeks after the closing date.

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