Information for students from underrepresented backgrounds

We know that life isn't always easy, and that sometimes circumstances can make it hard for you to do your best at study. At Monash, we're committed to breaking down the barriers that can hold you back from achieving your full potential.

Our entry schemes, pathways, and scholarships are designed to support you attending Monash if you're from one or more of these underrepresented backgrounds:

  • financial hardship/low-income
  • Indigenous Australian
  • live in low socio-economic area
  • attend a school in a regional or remote location
  • attend a Monash-listed underrepresented school
  • recent refugee or seeking asylum
  • non-English-speaking background
  • experienced difficult personal circumstances (eg. care leavers who spent time in residential, foster or kinship care)
  • disability or medical condition
  • mature-aged at 21 years or older


Entry Schemes

The Monash Guarantee and the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) can help you enter your preferred course by taking into consideration your life circumstances - even if your ATAR is below the lowest selection rank.

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If you don't meet the requirements for direct entry to your preferred course, consider taking a pathway.

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Starting at university can come with lots of unexpected costs for books, equipment, transport and accommodation. Domestic students from low-income backgrounds or regional and remote areas are guaranteed a scholarship of at least $1500 per year for the first two years. Indigenous Australians are guaranteed a scholarship of at least $5000 for the duration of their degree.

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