HEPPP Retention and Support Scholarship

If you're currently studying full time in an undergraduate degree at Deakin and can demonstrate an area of hardship as listed below, consider applying for this scholarship. Financial support can help you focus on achieving academic success in your studies.

Important dates

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 open 15 February 2024.

Applications for Trimester/Semester 1 2024 close 14 March 2024 at 5pm.


Cash payments up to $4000 over one year.

Eligibility criteria

Prospective candidates should ensure they meet all criteria before submitting their application.

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic student enrolled full time in an undergraduate degree at Deakin in Trimester/Semester 1 2024
  • be enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place
  • not already hold a bachelor degree
  • be able to demonstrate one of the following:
  • not have another current Deakin scholarship equal to or greater than $2000 per Trimester/Semester in 2024.

*For the purpose of HEPPP funded scholarships, low SES is defined as either:

  • having a home address in the lowest quartile of the SEIFA Education and Occupation Index
  • in receipt of Youth Allowance, ABSTUDY (Living Allowance), Austudy, Pensioner Education Supplement, ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Away from base assistance.

Your application

Application tips

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How to apply

Apply directly to Deakin

You can apply for this scholarship directly to Deakin through our Scholarship Application Portal.

Apply for this scholarship

The scholarship application process is highly competitive with a limited number of scholarships available. Unfortunately, not all eligible applicants will receive one.

Other support services

Deakin offers a range of support services for students experiencing hardship. More information is available from Deakin Student Life.

Deakin also offers interest-free student loans to assist students with the costs associated with studying (conditions apply). For more information about our Financial Assistance options please visit our Current Students website.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed and ranked based on the details you provide and your supporting documentation.

If you are successful, you will be contacted by the email address you nominated within your application portal account, unsuccessful applicants will not be contacted.

You'll find out if you were successful usually within four weeks of the application closing date. If you have not received an offer by this time, you have been unsuccessful. You can view the status of your application via your scholarship application portal account.

Next offering period

This scholarship is yet to be confirmed for any future offering periods. Please check back at this page at a later date for any updates.