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Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (ICAS)

The Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship financially assists Indigenous students on low incomes with higher education costs. This scholarship is aimed at students looking to undertake or already studying full-time undergraduate degrees and associate degrees. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis, and do not need to be repaid. The value of a Commonwealth Scholarship is NOT considered income for Centrelink purposes. The Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship is for Indigenous students from regional and remote areas who need to move away from home to undertake higher education.


$5,087 per year for up to four years.


To be eligible applicants must:

  • be Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • be an Australian Citizen
  • be enrolled in a Bachelor's degree or the Graduate Diploma in Learning and Teaching (GDTL) at USQ
  • be from a low income background
  • have had to relocate from a regional or remote area in order to undertake study
  • be enrolled in a minimum of 3 study units in the on-campus mode per semester
  • not already have completed an award considered equal to or higher than an Australian bachelor's degree, unless now enrolling in the Graduate Diploma of Learning and Teaching.

Preference is given to those student who need to relocate from regional and remote areas.

A map detailing regional and remote areas according to the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) can be accessed from the ‘Search the Map’ tab at:

A student is ineligible if they have come from an area belonging to the major city classification. 

How to apply

To apply for this Scholarship for Semester 1, 2015 applicants need to complete the USQ Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Application Form (PDF* 207KB) and post the application and all supporting documents to:

Private and Confidential
Scholarship Officer
Student Services
University of Southern Queensland
West Street
Toowoomba QLD 4350

Closing date

Applications closed.

Further information

University of Southern Queensland
Phone:  1800 269 500

USQ reserves the right to alter the conditions of the Scholarship/Bursary based upon exceptional circumstances.  USQ reserves the right to not award the Scholarship/Bursary in a given year.

*This file is in Portable Document Format (PDF) which requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader. A free copy of Acrobat Reader may be obtained from Adobe. Users who are unable to access information in PDF should contact Customer Relationship Management Centre, telephone 1800 269 500 to obtain this information in an alternative format.