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.

Study load

Yes, you may be considered for a scholarship if you study part-time, as long as the scholarship allows it. Most financial need-based scholarships allow part-time study, however most merit-based scholarships are only offered for students who are studying full-time (75 or 100 credits per semester).

You can check if a scholarship allows part-time study on the Scholarships website by clicking on the scholarship name.

Course switching

If you are considering changing courses, check your Terms and Conditions to determine if you can keep your scholarship.

Please notify the Scholarships Office if you wish to change your course.

Failing a unit

Most scholarships will cover the normal expected credits of your degree. For example, if you enrol in a Bachelor of Commerce (600 credit points), the scholarship will cover 600 credit points.

If you fail a unit and need to repeat that unit you will be responsible for any additional fees or expenses.

Commonwealth scholarships for a bachelor’s degree pay a total of eight allocations (effectively eight semesters of study). Any study that goes beyond eight semesters, as a result of a failed unit, will be at your own cost.

Centrelink

Your scholarship may have an effect on your Centrelink payments.  For advice contact Centrelink or visit a Centrelink Office.

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.

Minimum academic standing for coursework scholarship

Your terms and conditions will outline the expected level of academic progress.

  • For Commonwealth scholarships, you need to pass the majority of your units and maintain an academic status of Good Standing.
  • For Curtin or externally funded scholarships, you must maintain the course weighted average (CWA) specified in your terms and conditions.

If you have a scholarship that provides more than two payments and you do not meet the minimum academic requirement, your scholarship will be placed on breached status for the next semester. If your academic standing does not improve in the following semester, your scholarship will be stopped. Exceptions may be made if you have exceptional circumstances. Please contact the Scholarships Office if this applies to you.

Taxation

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.

Use the online scholarship tool on the Australian Taxation Office website to find our more or for expert advice contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant.

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

Withdrawing from your course

Your scholarship will be cancelled if you have no enrolment at the 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.

Extending your postgraduate research scholarship

Your terms and conditions will specify the maximum length of extension you can apply for under the tenure or duration of award section.

To apply for an extension to your scholarship, you must provide the Manager of Scholarships, Office of Research and Development with:

  • A letter detailing the delays you have experienced in your research. These must be related to your research rather than of a personal nature.
  • A supporting letter from your supervisor confirming the delays and satisfactory progress during periods outside the periods of delays.

Once a decision has been made, a letter will be sent to you advising you of the outcome and your payments will be adjusted accordingly.

To ensure there is no disruption to your pay, submit your application for extension at least two weeks prior to your scholarship end date.