As well as federal and state government grants, students may receive financial support for their studies from other sources. Some will receive financial support from multiple sources including employers, family members, unions, professional associations, foreign governments, etc.
In 2001, 56% of the 1.9 million non-school students studying for educational qualifications received some form of financial support for their study - 59% of male and 54% of female students. Some 64% of both males and females in bachelor degree courses received financial support, but only 51% of males and 52% of females studying for a graduate diploma or graduate certificate received support (graph 10.6).
For males, the highest level of financial support was for study towards a certificate III or IV, with 66% of this group (which includes the majority of trade apprenticeships) receiving support. Only 54% of females studying at this level received financial support. Similarly, the disparity in financial support between males and females is apparent among those undertaking postgraduate degrees; in 2001 some 61% of males received support compared to 43% of females.
Just under 53% of employed non-school students (1.4 million) received financial support for their study including 26% who received some support directly from their employer (table 10.7). Both unemployed students (132,100) and students not in the labour force (363,100) received the same level of financial support (65%). However, the source of this support varied, with government being the main source of financial support for unemployed students, whereas for those not in the labour force approximately equal proportions received support from government and elsewhere.
10.7 TYPE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT RECEIVED BY STUDENTS(a) - 2001
Source of financial support received for study
|Labour force status|
|Not in the labour force|
|(a) Non-school students studying for educational qualifications.|
(b) As students may receive financial support from more than one source, components may not add to the total.
Source: Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2001 (6278.0).