DFFH Student Scholarship Program

Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Student Scholarships

Applications for the 2025 academic year will run from Monday 22 July to Friday 23 August 2024.

Kids Under Cover is proud to administer the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) Student Scholarship Program. The DFFH Student Scholarship Program is an initiative of the Victorian Government that aims to overcome barriers to students’ educational attainment and assist in school retention.

In 2010 Kids Under Cover partnered with DFFH as administrators for this program which supports at-risk young people to continue their education to Years 11 and 12 or the TAFE equivalent.

This scholarship is tailored for young people living in public or community housing, or those at risk of homelessness. Schools and TAFEs are asked to apply on behalf of students they feel meet the criteria.

Eligibility criteria

  • under 21 years of age at 1 February 2024;
  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • experiencing financial hardship;
  • living in social housing (i.e. public or community-managed housing) or at risk of homelessness;)
  • studying in Year 11 or Year 12 at a Victorian Government school, or the equivalent at a Victorian TAFE for the 2024 academic year;
  • have the potential to achieve a good attendance record and a successful educational outcome in the 2024 academic year;
  • supported within the school/ TAFE by an appropriate staff member such as a well-being coordinator or counsellor.

How to apply

The Victorian Government funds the Student Scholarship Program to help students stay engaged with education and complete years 11 and 12 at Government Secondary Schools or TAFEs. The program is administered by Kids Under Cover on behalf of the Department and provides $1,100 (GST Free) for items such as text books, computers or laptops, IT equipment, public transport, uniform and more.

Schools and TAFEs are asked to apply on behalf of the students they believe will benefit. Students are not able to apply for a scholarship directly. 

Applications can be submitted via the portal below. If this is the first time you are applying for a scholarship, please contact the Kids Under Cover Scholarships Lead via email at scholarship@kuc.org.au for access to the application portal.

Portal login

Supporting documents for applications submitted for the 2024 academic year

Information packs for those who have been successful

Instruction packs for those who have been successful

Important Documents for those who have been successful