Study help for care leavers


Applications for La Trobe University care leaver bursaries worth $500 are open until 30 April 2017. Visit the La Trobe University Care Leaver Bursary page (new window) for more information. 

Every year over 400 young Victorians leave state care. They might have been in foster care, residential care or living with family or extended family in kinship care.

If you've lived in care, you may have had to change schools several times, which may have made it hard for you to learn and have a stable education. You may not have received the support you needed to finish high school, or thought about going on to TAFE or University. 

Raising Expectations is a project aimed at helping people leaving care who are 18 and over to go to TAFE and university.

What is Raising Expectations?

Raising Expectations is about getting more people who have been in care to go onto university, including through TAFE pathway courses and to open up the future life opportunities that completing a higher education qualification can bring. 

To help make this happen the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare is partnering with Federation University Australia and La Trobe University, with assistance from MacKillop Family Services and Anglicare Victoria. The project is funded by the Sidney Myer Fund.

As part of this project, Federation University Australia and La Trobe University offer services, supports and financial assistance to make university study a real possibility for care leavers. 

They also offer pathways and programs that can give you the skills you need to feel more confident and better prepared for study. 

Both universities have campuses across Victoria.

How it works

If you apply for courses through VTAC using the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS), you can identify that you have been in care. Federation University Australia and La Trobe University can then link you into their tailored services and supports.

In 2017:

  • 160 care leaver students applied through SEAS and the VTAC portal and nominated La Trobe University in their course preferences 
  • 103 care leaver students are enrolled at La Trobe University and Federation University Australia
  • care leavers are studying at other universities, although specific student numbers are not known.

Who to contact

To find out more:

Federation University Australia

La Trobe University