Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship (MECS)

Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship (MECS)


The Macquarie Education Costs scholarship is valued at $5,512 (2020 value) per year.


The scholarship is renewable for up to four years, subject to ongoing eligibility criteria.

How to Apply

Applications are via

Closing Date

Applications for Session 1 2020 are now closed.

The University will be participating in the following rounds of equity scholarship offers:

13 December 2019
11 January 2020
6 March 2020

Apply at least 2 weeks prior to the date of the offer round to be considered for that round. The last date to apply is 21 February 2020.


The Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship is an undergraduate equity scholarship awarded on the basis of need.  It is designed to support recipients whose opportunities to study at university may have been hampered by situations out of their control.

All successful applicants will be able to demonstrate financial hardship. Applicants need to be in receipt of Youth Allowance or other means tested Commonwealth support.

Consideration is also given to applicants who, in addition to financial hardship, demonstrate any of the following:

  • Capacity to triumph over hardship
  • Indigenous background
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Geographic Disadvantage
  • Non English speaking background
  • Long term medical condition or
  • Ongoing effects of abuse

These scholarships are available for any undergraduate course and students can apply at any stage of their course. Students who have a completed Bachelor degree or higher award at a tertiary institution will not be considered for Macquarie equity scholarships.


Email or phone (02) 9850 7337 / (02) 9850 6401.

Accessibility If you have a disability and are having problems with the equity scholarship application process, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) can assist you. You can call them on 1300 275 822 – from mobiles on (02) 9752 0200 or from overseas on +61 2 9752 0200 – between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Sydney time.) Monday to Friday. Further information is available on their website at

Macquarie University's Wellbeing service also provides support and assistance to future and current students with disabilities or health conditions. You can contact the University's Accessibility Service on 9850 7497 or by email at For more information please see

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