The University of Western Sydney has guaranteed offers for the 700 students from Lithgow and the Blue Mountains whose Higher School Certificate was disrupted by the recent bushfires.
Students whose houses were destroyed or significantly damaged by the fires will also receive a $2000 scholarship as part of the UWS Blue Mountains Staying On Track program.
This will assist with expenses such as textbooks, stationery, and other equipment.
Vice chancellor Janice Reid said the program supported students in a tangible way.
‘‘As the Blue Mountains and Lithgow areas rebuild, it’s important that the next generation of residents don’t miss out on the opportunity to study at university,’’ she said.
“Studying the HSC and applying to university can be stressful enough without the additional stress of worrying about your family and your home.
“Higher education provides a strong foundation on which people can fulfil their aspirations, build their career, support themselves and their families and — perhaps most importantly for the years ahead — for communities to grow.”
The university will help the students find the course that best suits their needs and aspirations.
The program will include courses on all UWS campuses including arts, nursing, business, policing, science, engineering, computing and teaching.
Some specialist programs — such as medicine, midwifery, physiotherapy, paramedicine and music — have additional selection criteria.