St Martin’s College is making it much easier for country students to study at Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) Wagga Wagga by partnering with Country Education Foundation of Australia (CEF) to deliver accommodation scholarships.
Finance company Finder reported that 70% of Generation Z respondents to its survey stated they were under financial stress, in its latest cost of living report in March.
Through its ‘CEF Extra’ program, CEF has an accommodation partnership with St Martin’s – a residential college located at the Charles Sturt Wagga Wagga campus, which through its CEF partnership offers three students per year scholarships of $2500 – approximately a third of their annual fees. Students are eligible if they have already received a grant from their local CEF foundation.
Since starting its CEF partnership last year St Martin’s has provided three scholarships to the value of $7500, enabling them to complete their studies at CSU without financial stresses.
St Martin’s focuses on rural, regional and remote (RRR) students accessing tertiary education in fields such as veterinary science, social work, arts, nursing, teaching and a wide range of agricultural sciences.
Head of St Martin’s, Susan Bazzana, said the college was committed to providing a low-cost accommodation option that was well below that of metropolitan universities.
“Students receiving CEF scholarships tell us that the scholarships funds enable them to afford to live on campus and to reduce the number of hours they need to work in part time jobs enabling them to focus more time on their university studies,” she said.
“The investment in tertiary students provided by CEF and St Martin’s College is really an investment in the future of the regions through well-educated, committed employees and innovators who understand regional, remote and rural communities and are invested in them.”