A scholarship will help you meet all or part of your course fees and expenses. Scholarships are available from a variety of sources, such as government departments, individuals or organisations. Each has different eligibility criteria. To find out more about some of the different scholarships available click on the links below. As there are many more scholarships available than are listed below we recommend that you do your own research.

Contact us on 1300 8233 74, about the ones you think you could apply for.


Smart & Skilled Fee Free Scholarships*

The NSW Government's Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that students can get training to get the skills they need to get the job they want and their course fees will be covered.

Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:

  • young people who are eligible for a concession fee
  • young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
  • people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependents.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for a Fee-Free Scholarship, you must:

  • be wanting to study a Smart and Skilled subsidised Certificate I, Certificate II, Certificate III or Certificate IV level qualification on the NSW Skills List, including those qualifications that support apprenticeships and traineeships. Use the Course Finder; and
  • meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria (go to the Eligibility Checker)


  • be aged between 15 and 30 years old when you start training; and
  • be either the recipient of a specific Australian Government welfare benefit or allowance or the dependant of such a recipient (please refer to the fact sheet What is concession-eligible? for further details as to eligibility); or
  • be aged 15-17 years old and currently in out-of-home care or aged 18-30 years old and previously have been in out-of-home care (please refer to the fact sheet Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships for young people in out-of-home care for further details as to eligibility)


  • have a letter of recommendation from a domestic and family violence service, refuge or other support agency (please refer to the fact sheet Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships – People who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence for further details as to eligibility and information about organisations which can provide the letter); and
  • be commencing training on or after 1 July 2016.

Eligible students are entitled to one Fee-Free Scholarship per financial year, and a maximum of two Fee-Free Scholarships from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2019.

Fact sheets

These fact sheets provide eligibility information for the following personal circumstances:

For more information on Fee Free Scholarships call TAFE Riverina on 1300 8233 74 or visit https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/fee-free-scholarships

*Subsidised by the NSW Government. Material fees are not exempt.


Jobs of Tomorrow Scholarship - APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN!

Jobs needing skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) are expected to be in high demand in the future.  If you are interested in training in these skills, you may be eligible for a $1000 Job of Tomorrow scholarship under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled Program.

Am I eleigible to apply for a Job of Tomorrow Scholarship?

To be eligible for a scholarship, you must first meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria:

  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

You must also

  • have enrolled in a qualification that is eligible for a Job of Tomorrow Scholarship with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.
  • Commenced training on or after 1 January 2016

Eligible qualifications offered by Riverina Institute include:

  • Certificate IV in Civil Construction Design
  • Certificate IV in Laboratory Techniques
  • Diploma of Civil Construction Design
  • Diploma of Electrical Engineering
  • Certificate IV in Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology
  • Diploma of Information Technology Networking
  • Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration
  • Advanced Diploma of Network Security
  • Certificate IV in Spatial Information Services
  • Certificate IV in Surveying
  • Diploma of Spatial Information Services
  • Diploma of Surveying

Who gets a scholarship?

  • The scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis.  In 2016, the first 6,250 eligible students to successfully apply will be offered a scholarship.

For further information visit smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/scholarships/jobs-of-tomorrow-scholarships


TAFE National Scholarships

Intending and current TAFE students around Australia can benefit from TAFE National Scholarships.

TAFE National Scholarships are provided through the TAFE Directors Australia National Scholarships Foundation which was established in 2013 by TAFE Directors Australia (TDA).

The scholarships include equity scholarships, known as Mick Young Scholarships, and merit scholarships, known as TAFE National Achievement Scholarships, offered in partnership with the nation’s public TAFE Institutes and industry.

The purpose of Mick Young Scholarships is to assist students experiencing financial hardship to achieve employment related qualifications through TAFE study. National Merit Scholarships will recognise outstanding achievement in vocations that are vital to industry and communities.

For more information visit the TAFE National Scholarships website.


Mick Young Scholarships

A Mick Young Scholarship can help prospective and existing students in financial need with support of $500 - $1,000.

Mick Young Scholarships are available for students who are thinking of studying at TAFE Riverina, or who are already studying at TAFE Riverina and who can demonstrate financial hardship and motivation to complete a TAFE qualification. The scholarship can go towards expenses such as textbooks, equipment, transport and course fees.  Scholarship funds are provided to successful applicants in a one-off payment.

Are you eligible?

To be a recipient of a Mick Young Scholarship you must:

  • be committed to succeed in your studies and your career
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage and your motivation and commitment to further education and improving life circumstances
  • be able to prove you would not be able to succeed in your studies without financial assistance
  • be a full time or part time student, or a prospective student intending to enrol, or already enrolled, at a TAFE Institute or the TAFE Division of a dual-sector public university in a nationally recognised course listed on www.training.gov.au
  • complete the Application Form in full, and submit it along with supporting documentation
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia

Note: This scholarship is not available to international students.

Applications close on Friday 31 March. For more information, please download the application form.


Diploma of Nursing Scholarship

NSW Health, in partnership with TAFE NSW and the NSW Health Registered Training Organisations, offer scholarships for the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program across NSW.

Successful applicants will be provided with a place in the Diploma of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) program to commence at multiple locations across NSW from March 2017.

Following successful completion of the Diploma and successfully progressing through standard recruitment and registration processes, you will also be offered employment as an enrolled nurse in a NSW public health facility.

For more information about the Diploma of Nursing Scholarship please visit:




Helps with costs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.

Eligibility basics

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • enrolled in an approved course or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship
  • not receiving any other government assistance to study or do an apprenticeship or traineeship

If you qualify for ABSTUDY, you may be entitled to other payments and benefits too.

For more information visit the Department of Human Services website.



Financial help to full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years or more.

Eligibility basics

  • aged 25 years or more
  • studying full-time in an approved course at an approved educational institution, or
  • undertaking a full-time Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship

For more information visit the Department of Human Services website.


Berrigan Shire Scholarship 2017

The Berrigan Shire Scholarship provides eligible students with financial assistance of $250 to help towards any study expenses.

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you must be:

  • Currently enrolled, or intending to enrol in a course at TAFE NSW Finley Campus.
  • Able to demonstrate that you have a financial need for this scholarship.
  • Committed to succeed in your studies and your career.

Applications close on 31 August for Semester 2 scholarships. For more information, please download the application form.



The purpose of the scholarship program is to further reduce the financial barriers to higher education for rural and regional students enrolling in undergraduate/pathway studies at TAFE NSW to progress to studies with Deakin University.  The program will preference capable students in Western Riverina regional communities, who choose not to leave their communities for further study. 

Selection Criteria:

Applicant must be:

  • An Australian citizen or holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa
  • A student enrolled full-time in a TAFE NSW Diploma/Advanced Diploma course in the areas of Engineering, Commerce, Early Childhood Development or Arts with an expectation to commence a Pathway program to Deakin University
  • Students located in a Western Riverina NSW regional communities (LGA’s to include Griffith, Leeton, Carrathool, Murrumbidgee, Narrandera and Hay)
  • Preference will be given to a commencing student who is experiencing low socio-economic circumstances, financial hardship or personal disadvantage


$5,000 per annum/per student, paid in two instalments after census dates in March and August of each year


Two (2) years, full time - second year is dependent on meeting the guaranteed entry requirements for Deakin University


Opening soon

Please contact for more information email RITMarketingUnit@tafensw.edu.au

Phone: 0269 381 441