LEAP - Rural and Remote

LEAP - Rural and Remote

Rural Students

What is LEAP- Rural and Remote?

LEAP- Rural and Remote works with students, schools, parents and communities to address the lower participation rates of people from rural and remote areas in higher education. Our programs aim to demystify the university experience and assist with the unique issues faced by students from rural backgrounds.

Rural Students

Understanding and planning your future university studies can be tricky, so here are some quick links for rural students to help you on your path to university education.

Here are some things you should know about:

Rural Bonus points
These are automatically added to your ATAR by UAC when applying to Macquarie University and other institutions. Whether you’re just finishing your HSC, or left school years ago, you’re eligible to receive rural bonus points. Depending on the remoteness of your main home, you'll receive five, seven or nine bonus points that can be used toward any Macquarie University degree. Find out whether you are eligible for Rural Bonus points using our calculator here.

Rural Scholarships
Click on the Rural/Residential tab to see scholarships for rural and remote students. These can help with the initial and ongoing costs for a student relocating from regional and rural Australia to study at Macquarie University. Scholarships can be one-off payments, or even the full cost of your accommodation while studying.

How much does uni cost?
A student can begin university study without paying any upfront tuition costs, through the HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme). Find out about the fees and costs of a Macquarie University degree.

Indigenous Students
Connect with Warawara, Macquarie’s Indigenous unit on campus, for information about our Indigenous alternative entry program and student support services.

Student Life in SydneyClick here to find out about studying in Sydney including information on finding work, public transport and the city lifestyle. Explore student life at Macquarie to find out about facilities, student groups and campus culture.

How to Apply / Important Dates
Steps to apply for your degree through the University Admissions Centre (UAC) can be found here.

Important dates for UAC applications.

Who do I contact?
Student Connect is your first point of contact for all enquires about your life at Macquarie.
Call them on +61 2 9850 6410 between 8.30am – 5.30pm on Weekdays.
Alternatively, click here to submit an enquiry online here.

Rural Student Stories

Coming soon…


John Smith

Hometown: Bourke

Studying: Bachelor of Media

<John’s Story>

Jane Doe

Hometown: Gilgandra
Studying: Bachelor of Commerce

<Jane’s Story>

See the University Survival Guide for Rural and Regional Students developed by the Country Education Foundation in partnership with Macquarie University

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