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 for scholarships

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 looking at the eligibility criteria under each scholarship. 

Course switching and scholarships

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

Please notify the Scholarships Office prior to switching courses. 

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.

You must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office to seek approval to suspend your scholarship for the specified period of leave.

  • Curtin funded scholarships - most scholarships allow up to 12 months leave.
  • Commonwealth scholarships - if you have already received at least one scholarship payment, up to 12 months leave may be permitted on the basis of exceptional circumstances. 
  • Externally funded scholarships -  assessed on a case by case basis. The decision to grant approval will be made in conjunction with the funder. Please email the Scholarships Office outlining the reasons for your request. You should include any documentation that supports your reasons for requiring leave.


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.