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OS-HELP is a Commonwealth Government loan scheme to assist eligible undergraduate, Commonwealth supported students to undertake part of their course of study overseas. University of Adelaide students can use the scheme to study in an overseas institution, and have that study count towards their University of Adelaide degree. Most, but not all, overseas study is through student exchange.
Eligible students can receive two OS-HELP loans over their lifetime. Each loan relates to a given six month period. You can receive OS-HELP for overseas study periods of less than six months but you cannot receive an OS-HELP loan more than once in a given six month period. Your six month period is taken to commence on the first day that you commence your overseas study and end six months from the commencement date
|Citizenship|| You must be:
You must be:
|Course of Study|| You must:
|Previous OS-HELP Loans|| You must not have:
|Request for OS-HELP|| You must:
|Selection Process||You must be selected by the University to receive an OS-HELP loan.|
In addition to these requirements, students planning to study overseas on a student exchange must meet the University’s criteria for its Adelaide Abroad student exchange program, as set out on the Adelaide Abroad website, and be selected for that program. Students studying overseas under other arrangements will need to meet the entry requirements of the overseas institution.
Selection for a student exchange is based on academic merit, with a minimum credit average required, and an evaluation of your reasons for wanting to participate in the exchange program.
The University’s Policy on OS-HELP is set out below.
If you are selected, the University’s International Office will assist you to obtain the necessary Faculty or School statements that your overseas study will count towards your University of Adelaide academic program, and assist with processing the loan.
Payment will be made into your nominated bank account as soon as possible after your application has been approved.
You are deemed to have incurred an OS-HELP debt on the day that you receive your loan.
The University will not finalise the payment of your loan until it receives confirmation that you have been accepted into the overseas institution.
If you no longer meet the eligibility criteria for an OS-HELP loan after your OS-HELP application is approved but before you are paid, the University will withdraw your loan approval. Not meeting the eligibility criteria includes not being accepted into an overseas institution or changing your mind about studying overseas.
If it is determined that you have provided false or misleading information in respect of your OS-HELP application before you are paid, the University will withdraw your loan approval.
If you no longer meet the eligibility criteria after your OS-HELP application is approved and after you are paid: the debt has already been incurred and you can only repay this through the Australian Taxation Office. Not meeting the eligibility criteria includes not being accepted into an overseas institution or changing your mind about studying overseas.
If it is determined that you have provided false or misleading information after your OS-HELP application is approved and after you are paid, the University must notify the Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations immediately.
Once you have received an OS-HELP loan, your Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) will include information about this loan. This is available on your Access Adelaide account and you will be notified via your student email account when it is ready for you to view.
Students may raise grievances about OS-HELP decisions in accord with the Student Grievance Resolution Process.
[This page is compliant with the Commonwealth Government’s OS-HELP Guidelines 2012.]
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