There are many costs associated with studying with a disability. It is important to ensure you are aware of any financial assistance you may be entitled to. For example:
- If you study at University and are a recipient of the Disability Support Pension (DSP) you should be entitled to the study supplement. This is designed to help cover the costs of books, travel and other study expenses.
- If you have a disability you may be entitled to Austudy or Abstudy payments without undertaking a full-time study load.
Information about government financial assistance is available from Centrelink.
Students, who have severe and permanent disabilities which limit their capacity to use public transport, can apply for transport assistance:
- South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATSS) is a Government subsidised taxi travel program for people with permanent and severe disabilities who, because of their disabilities, cannot use public transport.
- The Plus One Free Companion card assists a wide range of people with physical mobility, cognitive, sensory or communication impairments, who cannot safely use public transport on their own, but who could use public transport with the assistance of a companion/carer. The card will also assist people who cannot travel independently at certain times (for example at night) or on unfamiliar routes, but who can otherwise travel independently on public transport.
Grant and Scholarship information
There are a range of scholarships and grants available for UniSA students. Many of the equity scholarships can be applied for via SATAC.
The following scholarships and grants may be relevant for some students with disabilities, mental health or medical conditions:
- UniSA Cowan Ability Grant
- The Disability Equipment Grant scheme will assist UniSA students, with disabilities, to purchase equipment and/or software which will assist them with their studies
- UniSA Ability Grants for higher degree by research students
- Information about Deafness Forum scholarships
- Students with vision impairment can apply for Cowan Trust scholarships
- Students with disabilities are eligible for Sir Charles Bright scholarships
- The June Opie Fellowship is available each year to an Australian, New Zealand or Canadian postgraduate student with a disability who is studying in a disability related area
- Dawn Slade-Faull awards of up to $1000 for people with disabilities to encourage promise in visual arts and craft. Applicants must be SA residents
Visit our Scholarships website for information on all scholarships and grants available to UniSA students.
Areas of study and research
- Health Research
- Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA)
- Centre for Cancer Biology
- Centre for Drug Discovery and Development
- Centre for Population Health Research
- Centre of Research Excellence for the Prevention of Chronic Conditions in Rural and Remote High Risk Populations
- International Centre for Allied Health Evidence
- Medicine and Device Surveillance CRE
- Quality Use of Medicines and Pharmacy Research Centre
and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Design
- Communication, International Studies and Languages
- Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy
- Hawke Research Institute
- Asia Pacific Centre for Work Health and Safety
- Australian Centre for Child Protection
- Barbara Hardy Institute
- Centre for Research in Education
- Hawke EU Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence
- Centre for Islamic Thought and Education
- International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding
- Research Centre for Languages and Cultures
- Zero Waste SA Research Centre for Sustainable Design and Behaviour (sd+b)
IT, Engineering and
- Future Industries Institute
- UniSA College