What is the difference between a scholarship and a bursary?

While both awards provide a fee reduction, bursaries are means-tested and are places specifically set aside for candidates in financial need who would otherwise be unable to access a BBC education. Conversely, scholarships are awarded on merit based on academic, sporting and cultural excellence, irrespective of financial need. Current students and new students are welcome to apply for both scholarships and bursaries.

Brisbane Boys’ College will maintain a proportional number of scholarship places while increasing the number of bursary places made available through the BBC Foundation, all thanks to philanthropy. We are committed to continuing to provide a range of opportunities for boys from diverse backgrounds to benefit from a BBC education.


The Brisbane Boys’ College Scholarship Program rewards high achieving students who demonstrate outstanding achievement in academic, sporting and cultural pursuits who, in turn, will make a significant contribution to the life of the College.

Applications for 2022 Academic Scholarships are now open, and will close at midnight AEDST on Monday 1 February.

All other scholarship applications will open December 2020 and close in March, 2021. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held progressively from April the year prior to entry.


The Brisbane Boys’ College Foundation provides a limited number of needs-based bursaries that are open to boys seeking to enrol at Brisbane Boys’ College as well as current students whose families are experiencing financial hardship due to a fundamental change in circumstances.

All bursaries are means-tested and, unlike scholarships which are solely merit-based, are specifically set aside for candidates in financial need who would otherwise be unable to access a BBC education.

Bursaries may support full or partial remission of tuition and/or boarding fees, with parents/guardians required to cover the balance of the account and all other expenses. Bursaries are subject to a biennial review process.

Brisbane Boys’ College welcomes applications from deserving candidates with a demonstrated financial-need who have the potential to gain the most from a Brisbane Boys’ College education and who will add to the fabric and history of the College by immersing themselves in the opportunities presented.

Brisbane Boys’ College is currently accepting applications for the below bursaries from boys seeking new or continued enrolment in 2022 and beyond, whose family has a demonstrated and authentic need for financial assistance. 

Download the Application for Bursary Booklet