Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship (MECS)

Macquarie Education Costs Scholarship (MECS)


The Macquarie Education Costs scholarship is valued at $5456 (2019 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 2 2019 are closed. Applications for Session 1 2020 are now open.

Application closing dates for 2020 will be updated here closer to the date.


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.

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