The University of New England has received more than $1.5 million in scholarships under the Australian Government’s tertiary access relocation program.

In Australia, the rate of rural students attending University is much lower than city students.

This can be attributed to the large expenses incurred to move to a University town or city.

The scholarship scheme has brought light to this issue and has been established to encourage regional and rural school leavers to go to university.

Besides living costs, a scholarship can take financial pressures off students who need to spend extra time studying rather than working to feed themselves.

At UNE, specifically, the one-off scholarships of up to 5000 dollars will help over 300 eligible students relocate to study in Armidale.

With students from many rural areas including Tamworth, Inverell, Moree and Warialda choosing to study at UNE, the scholarship distribution is even more important.

UNE’s allocation comprises 318 out of a possible 7160 TAP scholarships.

Students choosing to attend university straight out of High School from an outer regional or remote area will be eligible to apply.

Applications can be completed at the university’s online form.