Financial Assistance

Financial Assistance

Students from all backgrounds have the chance to be part of the St Mark’s community.


Financial assistance options include scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries to a total value of over $500,000 for new and existing students at the College each year.

St Mark’s does its best to ensure financial need is not a barrier to gaining the residential college experience.

A generous financial assistance program recognises excellence in all its forms with over $500,000 available each year to distribute to students through scholarships, grants, prizes and bursaries.

Through the generosity of benefactors, more than 50 per cent of St Mark’s students receive some form of financial assistance to help them attend or continue to live at the College.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their need for financial assistance with staff on application.

Scholarships, Grants, Prizes & Bursaries

A broad range of scholarships, grants and prizes help to keep St Mark’s accessible to the best students, regardless of their financial circumstances or background.

Scholarships, grants and prizes are awarded to new and current/returning students on the basis of financial need, academic excellence, outstanding ability and/or contribution to the College and the wider community.

Some scholarships, grants and prizes are offered to students from specific backgrounds (rural, indigenous, disability) while others are for students studying in particular faculties.

Any student who would like to attend St Mark’s but think they cannot afford the fees are invited to discuss their options with the College.

Bursaries, or grants, are another way St Mark’s makes the residential college experience accessible to a wide range of students.

St Mark’s offers a range of bursaries to students including those who are from an indigenous background, a third world country, or refugees or asylum seekers in Australia.   Other grants assist those from rural, remote and regional Australia who require financial help for College fees. In addition, some bursaries are paid to students who take on leadership or specialised roles within the College community.

Application Process

All scholarship applications for new students, unless otherwise specified, are to be submitted to St Mark’s College for assessment by the scholarships committee in January.  Applications should be sent in as soon as possible following application to the College.  Successful applicants will be notified by 31st January following confirmation of their St Mark’s College offer. Students starting College in Semester 2 who require financial assistance should contact the College directly.

The full list of Scholarships, Grants, Prizes and Bursaries can be found here.

The scholarship application form for new students  (for all Scholarships, Grants, Prizes and Bursaries) is available here.

Only one scholarship form is required per applicant, the Scholarships Committee will determine eligibility criteria based on the information provided.


Why I established a scholarship

I established a Scholarship at St Mark’s due to the College’s demonstrated record of achievement and commitment to its students. Having benefited from a scholarship myself when I lived at St Mark’s many years ago, I want to support students who are achievers and enable them to experience a sense of connection to our cultural values and the collegiality of others.

Old Collegian and scholarship donor

Thankful for your generosity

I don’t ever think I will be able to fully express my gratitude for the independence and opportunities these scholarships have given me. I hope you know that I am so very thankful for your generosity.

5th year student

Reducing the financial pressure

Living at St Marks has been the best experience of my life. Receiving a scholarship helped take the financial pressure off my family and I so that I could focus on my studies.

4th year student

Great opportunities that St Marks College life has to offer

Receiving a scholarship has relieved the financial pressure and allowed me more time to fully embrace all the great opportunities that St Marks College life has to offer.

2nd year student

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