How does UWC Australia's funding work?
UWC Australia receives funding from a variety of sources, including individual UWC schools and colleges, interest from a trust fund, and much appreciated donations from UWC alumni, their families, and other generous individuals.
Unfortunately, these sources cannot cover all costs, and some scholarships will require the candidate and their family to contribute part of the cost.
How does the Scholarship Contribution Form work?
We use a blind pledge system to ensure that all selections are made on merit. Applicants who are invited for an interview shall return the scholarship contribution form in a separate, sealed envelope. This envelope remains sealed until after all interviews have been conducted, and after candidates have been ranked from first to last by the final selection panel. Envelopes are then opened in turn according to the candidates' rankings, and scholarships are awarded according to places and funding available. No envelope will ever be opened until final interviews and rankings are complete - your ability to contribute will in no way affect your ranking.
How much should I pledge?
When considering how much to pledge towards any outstanding fees, we suggest you base it on what it would cost to keep your child at home - food, school fees, doctors' visits, etc. If you might otherwise have budgeted costs for an overseas exchange, you could include that too. Please do not pledge a sum that would cause you financial distress.
Please note: If you can contribute in a non-financial way towards the cost of the placement (e.g. frequent flyer points to cover air fares) please note this under "other contributions".
My child has been given an offer from UWC Australia, what does this mean?
If successful, the Australian national committee will contact the successful candidate and their families to give them a formal offer at a UWC school or college. The offer will outline the amount of scholarship support (if any), towards the cost of tuition and board fees to a particular UWC, and highlight any additional support provided from the national committee.
What costs am I responsible for as a parent?
Unless specified in the offer letter, all tuition and board, as well as ancillary school expenses are required to be paid for my the family. During the selection process, the national committee will outline what the potential expenses will be for each particular school and college (as can be seen below). Furthermore, before accepting the offer made the by national committee, you and your family will be given an informal offer with the applicable outstanding costs required to be paid by the family.
There is a large difference between my Parental Pledge and what my child has been offered from UWC Australia?
The Australian national committee only has a limited amount of funds to support students to attend UWC schools and colleges. At some point in the offer process, there will not be enough funds for UWC Australia to top up any shortfall between parental pledges towards tuition and board. In spite of this, the Australian national committee practice is to still give the offer to the candidate and their family, rather than not give the offer at all.
What costs is the Australian national committee responsible for?
The Australian national committee will clearly define all costs which it is responsible for in the offer letter provided to your child if successful through the selection process. This may cover all tuition and board costs or part thereof. Depending on the specific circumstances, the national committee may also offer to pay for ancillary expenses such as airfare travel to and from the school each year, or college specific expenses such as medical insurance.
When are the school and college fees due?
School fees are typically due before the start of each semester (August and January) each academic year. Payment plans can be negotiated with the respective schools and colleges. The national committee can help with this process depending on the offer that has been provided in the offer letter.