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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some of the most frequently asked questions relating to Commonwealth scholarships, Adelaide Access scholarships and general scholarships can be found below.

Commonwealth Scholarships

  • How much will I receive from my Commonwealth Scholarship?

    In 2016, the values will be:

    • Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship: $2,599 per annum (indexed), paid in two (2) instalments in April and September for the duration of studies, up to a maximum of four (4) years or eight (8) half years.
    • Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Costs Scholarship: $5,199 per annum (indexed), paid in two (2) instalments in April and September for the duration of studies, up to a maximum of four (4) years or eight (8) half years.
    • Commonwealth Education Costs – Indigenous Enabling Scholarship: $2,599 per annum, paid in two (2) instalments in April and September, up to a maximum of one (1) year or two (2) half years.
    • Commonwealth Accommodation Costs – Indigenous Enabling Scholarship: $5,199 per annum, paid in two (2) instalments in April and September, up to a maximum of one (1) year or two (2) half years.
    • Indigenous Access Scholarship: $4,904 paid in two (2) instalments in February and March or August and September.

     

  • My financial circumstances have changed, what do I do?

    You will need to advise the Scholarships Office in writing of your change in circumstances and provide any new documentary evidence, such as a copy of Centrelink documents. Your eligibility will be reassessed and you will be advised in writing whether your changed circumstances alter your eligibility.

  • Can I change my program of study?

    Commonwealth Scholarship holders at the University of Adelaide may transfer to another undergraduate program within the University, provided that they maintain continuous full time enrolment.

  • I am studying the Diploma of Languages and/or taking cross institutional courses as part of my study load. Will this affect my Commonwealth scholarship or my Adelaide Access Scholarship?

    The Diploma of Languages is not an undergraduate bachelor's level program and therefore subjects taken as part of the Diploma of Languages cannot be counted towards study load for the Commonwealth Scholarships or the Adelaide Access Scholarships.

    The Commonwealth Scholarship and Adelaide Access guidelines are very clear that students must be undertaking full time study in an undergraduate program. In order to receive your Commonwealth scholarship or Adelaide Access Scholarship, you must ensure you are undertaking at least 75% load in your undergraduate program. The Diploma of Languages should only make up 25% of your load.

    You may undertake cross-institutional studies as part of your study load for the Commonwealth Scholarships or the Adelaide Access Scholarships provided that the courses count towards your undergraduate degree program and that your overall enrolment is full time.

Adelaide Access Scholarships

  • How do I apply for an Adelaide Access Scholarship?

    SATAC manages the application, assessment and offer process for Adelaide Access Scholarships on behalf of the University of Adelaide. Students can apply online via the SATAC website Link to external website once applications open each year.

  • Am I eligible for an Adelaide Access Scholarship?

    You may be eligible for an Adelaide Access Scholarship if you answer 'yes' to the following questions:

    • Are you an Australian or NZ citizen, permanent resident or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa?
    • Will you be a commencing student (no previous post secondary study - university or VET) enrolled in a program of study at the University of Adelaide?
    • Will you be studying full time?
    • Are you of Low socio-economic status (in financial need)?

    Answering these questions is a guide only. There is no definite way to advise if you will be eligible for a scholarship prior to lodging your application and being assessed.

  • How much will I receive from my Adelaide Access Scholarship?

    Students who are awarded an Adelaide Access Scholarship receive $2500 per annum, paid in two (2) instalments in April and September for the duration of their studies, up to a maximum of four (4) years.

  • My financial circumstances have changed, what do I do?

    You will need to advise the Scholarships Office in writing of your change in circumstances and provide any new documentary evidence, such as a copy of Centrelink documents. Your eligibility will be reassessed and you will be advised in writing whether your changed circumstances alter your eligibility.

  • Can I change my program of study?

    Adelaide Access Scholarship holders at the University of Adelaide may transfer to another undergraduate program within the University, provided that they maintain continuous full time enrolment.

  • I am studying the Diploma of Languages and/or taking cross institutional courses as part of my study load. Will this affect my Commonwealth scholarship or my Adelaide Access Scholarship?

    The Diploma of Languages is not an undergraduate bachelor's level program and therefore subjects taken as part of the Diploma of Languages cannot be counted towards study load for the Commonwealth Scholarships or the Adelaide Access Scholarships.

    The Commonwealth Scholarship and Adelaide Access guidelines are very clear that students must be undertaking full time study in an undergraduate program. In order to receive your Commonwealth scholarship or Adelaide Access Scholarship, you must ensure you are undertaking at least 75% load in your undergraduate program. The Diploma of Languages should only make up 25% of your load.

    You may undertake cross-institutional studies as part of your study load for the Commonwealth Scholarships or the Adelaide Access Scholarships provided that the courses count towards your undergraduate degree program and that your overall enrolment is full time.

General Scholarships

  • The scholarship I am applying for says that applicants "must be able to demonstrate financial need". What does this mean?

    Many scholarships are aimed at students who need financial assistance to study. You may be eligible to apply for these scholarships if:

    • you are in receipt of a means tested benefit from Centrelink including (but not limited to) Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy and the Disability Support pension. If you are in receipt of a Centrelink benefit, your family's financial situation has already been assessed by Centrelink and they have found you to be from a low income family.
    • you do not receive any financial assistance from Centrelink but you and / or your family are still struggling financially. If this is the case, you need to explain your family's financial circumstances so that the University can make a comprehensive assessment of your situation. The more information you can provide, the better we are able to assess your level of need.
  • What supporting documents do I need to provide to prove that I am in financial need?

    If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit from Centrelink, you need to provide:

    • a copy of your most recent income statement which shows your name and address and the type of benefit you are receiving.

    If you are not in receipt of financial assistance from Centrelink, you need to provide:

    • copies of the Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment for each person in your household who earns a wage. These should be from the previous year.
    • copies of the Notices of Assessment for any businesses run by your family including companies, trusts, partnerships and any other entities in which any member of your family has an interest.
    • copies of any other documents which will help us make a comprehensive assessment of your financial need, such as current statements of mortgage, retrenchment notices, evidence of workplace injury or other health problems suffered by family members which may impact on your family's financial situation.
  • When will I receive my scholarship payments (continuing recipients)?
    • Payments for Semester 1 will be made by the end of April upon confirmation of your enrolment at the first census date (31 March).
    • Payments for Semester 2 will be made by the end of September upon confirmation of your enrolment at the second census date (31 August).
    • Payments will be made directly into your nominated bank account.
  • When will I receive my scholarship payments (new recipients)?
    • If you have submitted your paperwork before the census date, payments will be processed together with the continuing recipient payments after the census date for the semester.
    • If you have submitted your paperwork after the census date, payments will reach your nominated bank account in approximately two weeks (always on a Friday or Saturday) from the date scholarships office receive your paperwork.
  • How do I change my bank account details for scholarship payments?

    Bank account details can be changed by printing and completing the Scholarships Banking Authority Form and returning this to the:

    Scholarships Office
    C/- Ask Adelaide,
    Hub Central, Level 3 Blue Area
    The University of Adelaide SA 5005
    Australia.

  • What is full time study?

    The University considers a 75 per cent study load (nine [9] units per semester) a full-time load. For scholarship purposes, study at less than full time load must be accompanied by special circumstances preventing this, such as disability and appropriate documentation provided.

  • Is my scholarship income taxable?

    Commonwealth Scholarship income is not taxable. All other scholarships offered by the University of Adelaide may be counted as income for tax purposes. Students should use the "Is your scholarship taxable?" tool Link to external website on the ATO website to check the status of their scholarship.

  • What are 'major' University of Adelaide Scholarships?
  • Will my scholarship affect my Centrelink payments?

    Commonwealth Scholarships are not counted as income for Centrelink purposes. All other scholarships offered by the University of Adelaide MAY be counted as income for Centrelink purposes. Students should check with Centrelink Link to external website whether the scholarship will affect their Centrelink benefits before accepting the scholarship

Not Found an Answer?

If you have a question that is not answered on these pages, please email your question to the Undergraduate Scholarships Office.

University Scholarships
Ask Adelaide
Level 3, Hub Central
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005 Australia

 

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