Managing your scholarship

As a scholarship recipient you need to ensure you get the most out of your award.

Each scholarship has conditions in place which are outlined in your terms and conditions. These conditions will require you to maintain standards of academic performance, enrolment loading and general conduct.

Each semester your enrolment and results will be checked to ensure you are meeting the conditions of your scholarship. You will be notified, via your official communications channel in OASIS, if you have not met the requirements of your scholarship.

Leave of absence or suspension of scholarship

If you are considering applying for a leave of absence (LOA) you will need to follow the normal process as described on Current Students for approval regarding your enrolment.

For scholarships if you are in receipt of a continuing scholarships a leave of absence may be allowed for up to 12 months, further information on this can be found in your scholarships terms and conditions.

If the scholarship does not allow a leave of absence but you have exceptional circumstances which you would like to seek approval for, please contact the scholarships office and supply an explanation and reason as well as any supporting documentation if appropriate. 


If you receive a Centrelink payment, you should declare to Centrelink any scholarships you are awarded. Please use your Curtin student ID as the scholarship reference number. Your scholarship may impact your Centrelink payments. For advice, please contact Centrelink directly. 

If you need a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, contact the Scholarships Office.

Commonwealth scholarships are not assessed as income for social security purposes.

If you are a full-time student, any money paid by the University towards your fees (student contribution) is not considered as income.


If you are studying full-time, your scholarship money will usually not be treated as taxable income.

Exceptions may apply if:

  • Your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time).
  • It is a condition of your scholarship that you undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider (i.e you are rendering a service by agreeing to undertake the activities).
  • Upon completion of your degree you are required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the scholarship provider.
  • Your scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.

For further information, use the online scholarship tool on the Australian Taxation Office website or contact the Australian Taxation Office

If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, contact the Scholarships Office.

Withdrawing from course

Your scholarship will be cancelled if you completely withdraw from Curtin University.

If you withdraw from your course after you receive your semester payment, you may also be required to repay that semester's payment.

If your withdrawal is due to exceptional circumstances and you intend on returning to study at a later stage, contact the Scholarships Office to discuss your options.

If you intend to course-switch into another Curtin course, view Can I keep my scholarship if I switch courses?

Change of financial circumstances

If your financial status changes while you are receiving a needs-based scholarship, please contact the Scholarships Office for advice on the impact this may have on your scholarship.