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Medley Hall offers bursaries and scholarships to eligible students experiencing financial hardship. Melbourne Access Scholars are eligible for guaranteed places if applications are received prior to the end of December.

It is our aim to make residence at Medley Hall available to students who have been accepted into their course at the University and who would otherwise be unable to experience the benefits of living in a college community.

You can apply for a Medley Hall bursary after your application for residency has been received.  Please contact us for an application form.  Applications for bursaries  close on 15th Feburary of each year.

Access and Equity

Access to tertiary education is a privilege not easily open to all. We welcome many rural, interstate and overseas students and almost none of our residents have metropolitan Melbourne homes. Finding accommodation in the inner-city is difficult, especially in first year, and all options are expensive. Many students who choose Medley are able to cover the cost of residence, either by their own efforts or because their families are able to pay the fees but  when set against the University's undergraduate population as a whole, a higher-than-average proportion of Medley students are from disadvantaged and under-represented backgrounds.

All students may apply for bursary support, which is subject to a means test developed in collaboration with Student Financial Aid. Bursary assistance is largely funded by philanthropic donation and comes with the expectation that those who benefit will reciprocate by taking on responsibilities within the College and the wider community. It is our hope and expectation that students who are helped in this way will in their turn "give it on" when they are able to do so in later life.

Medley Hall co-operates closely with the University's Financial Aid and Student Housing services, the Murrup Barak Institute and the Disability Liaison Unit.

Students are encouraged to make a detailed personal budget and to acquaint themselves with the full range of services available through the University.

Melbourne Access Scholars

Melbourne Access Scholars who apply to Medley Hall before the end of the year can be guaranteed a place in the College. Students who apply after tertiary offers are announced may still be offered a place but this will depend on availability.

Melbourne Access Scholarship winners and students offered a place at the University of Melbourne through the Access Melbourne scheme are eligible for bursary supported places at Medley Hall, subject to the means test.

Cybec Foundation Scholarships

Roger Riordan and his late wife, Sally, founded Cybec Pty Ltd in 1990 to handle the development and marketing of  VET Antiviral Software, which Roger had initially developed at Chisholm Institute of Technology.

They sold VET in 1999, and decided to use most of the proceeds for charitable purposes. Sadly, Sally died shortly afterwards.

In 2002 Roger and his second wife Patricia set up the Cybec Foundation as a Charitable Fund, and the Foundation took over all the charitable activities of both Cybec Pty Ltd and the Riordan family.

The aims of the Foundation include:

  • Encouraging academic excellence
  • Assisting the less fortunate
  • Caring for the environment
  • Supporting the Arts

The Foundation has set up,a number of scholarships in several different fields of study, and has funded a number of major charitable and environmental projects.

The Cybec Foundation has supported a growing number of Medley students since 2006 and the donation of $1 million played a vital role in Medley Hall's recent renovations and building works . Co-founder Patricia Riordan sadly passed away on 14th December 2010. The ongoing  contribution of the Riordan's to Medley was marked by the naming of the new atrium as The Patricia and Roger Riordan Atrium, known as The Parrot.


Our fees are set each year to achieve a financially secure operation.  We are a non profit organisation and try to keep fees to a minimum.  Please click here to see our current fees.