Equity scholarship provision and impacts: A meta-analytic review

Gail Whiteford, Sue Trinidad

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Australian universities provide equity scholarships to new and continuing students as a standard practice. The equity scholarships that are made available across universities vary in amount and duration and also in stated eligibility criteria. A process through which eligibility is determined and through which the scholarships are administered, also varies significantly from institution to institution. Until relatively recently, there has been little data available which reflects both institutional practice(s) in the provision of equity scholarships and the impacts on the recipients – the students – of these scholarships. This is an issue of concern for funders and providers alike given that the aggregated number of scholarships offered has, in an uncapped and HEPPP funded context, raised significantly in the period between 2009 and 2016. Addressing the range of issues associated with an uncapped environment is currently the focus of the newly formed Higher Education Standards Panel (HESP, 2016).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationPerth, WA
PublisherNational Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education, Curtin University
Commissioning bodyNational Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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