Are you at school and thinking about going to TAFE or university? Left school recently and wondering if you are eligible to apply?
That’s where we come in. There are lots of different pathways to study or training, and support and resources to help you along the way.
First thing’s first:
- If you are thinking about university or TAFE, take a look at support options for care leavers at Federation University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University
- Get in touch with the university or TAFE you would like to study at, or get in touch with the Raising Expectations team with any questions or to have a confidential chat
- Not sure what you want to study or train in? Think about what subjects you enjoyed at school, or topics you are interested in, and go from there.
Read stories from care leavers who are currently studying at university:
Wondering about the financial side of things?
Take a look at these resources:
- Supports, services and financial assistance from Federation University, La Trobe University and Swinburne University
- Scholarships from other universities and institutions
- Youth Allowance for students between 16 and 21, or up to 25 if you are a full-time student. Find out whether you are eligible and how to apply here
- Study Assist for students to acquire a HELP loan or other funding
- ABSTUDY help for young Aboriginal people with study/apprenticeship costs
- My Future website information on courses, careers and industries
In the below video, young care leavers provide advice and information on what it’s like to be a care leaver – and how to overcome barriers to education. Click the top left hand corner to find further videos, or head here.
Need other support?
- Give the Leaving Care Hotline a ring on 1300 532 846, or visit the website for help with referrals, mentoring and independent living allowance
- Post-Care Support Programs for help with immediate/ongoing support and accommodation
- Education Foyers learning and student accommodation centres for young people who need support and a place to live while they study or train
- Deadly Story recognises that Aboriginal children and young people have the right to a quality education that meets their cultural needs with respect. Visit their site to connect to resources and supports available for Aboriginal children and young people in education.
For resources and advice:
- Higher education guidelines: for student care leavers
- Take a look at this article from The Australian on a care leaver who went to university
- Youth Central website: information for care leavers who want to study, career profiles, planning your career page, and career bullseyes
- LOOKOUT Education Support Centres: supports young people who are still at school, as well as case workers and Child Protection Practitioners
- CREATE Foundation: supports young people who are in or have left care
- University and TAFE Open Days: Find Open day dates, or call universities on their Future Students numbers to get more info
- Marrung: Aboriginal Education Plan – 2016-2026:supports Aboriginal students achieve their learning aspirations
For free legal advice, support and resources:
- Go to Youthlaw or call 03 9611 2412 for advice on lots of stuff including train/tram fines, driving fines and charges, becoming independent, complaints, debts (mobile phones, Centrelink) and car accidents
- Visit Victoria Legal Aid or call 1300 792 387, Monday to Friday from 8.45 am to 5.15 pm, for free information over the phone about the law and how they can help you.
- Check out ‘Am I old Enough,’ a free booklet about how the law in Victoria affects young people
- Check out your local learning and employment network (LLEN) for education, employment and other supports and services including scholarships, health/wellbeing and accommodation. Find your LLEN here
- The Central Grampians LLEN provides further hints and resources for study, employment and wellbeing
- The Inner Northern LLEN provides a handy School Leavers Guide and Pathways Guide
You can also reach out to our team for support, resources, or a chat. Joanna is available at firstname.lastname@example.org