Frequently asked questions

Scholarships and Grants

Are scholarships only for high achieving students?
  • Don't make the mistake of believing that all scholarships are for the highest achieving students. Some scholarships are awarded on academic merit, however there are literally hundreds of scholarships available to UniSA students that are awarded on a needs basis.

    This means that circumstances such as socio-economic disadvantage, a disability, moving from or residing in a rural area, or meeting one of the other equity criteria set by UniSA could mean that you are eligible for a scholarship.

    We have a range of categories - including financial support for high achievers and students in need. It is important to read and understand each scholarship criteria and there is a legend of icons to help you identify possible scholarships that you may be eligible to apply for.

When do scholarship applications open?
  • There are hundreds of different scholarships and they have different opening and closing dates. You will need to review the information listed for each scholarship as the dates vary between each scholarship. All scholarships listed on the UniSA Scholarships website have the opening and closing dates included. In the event there is no date available, a contact will be listed so that you can obtain more information.

What scholarships am I eligible to apply for?
  • As each scholarship has differing eligibility criteria and every student's situation is unique, it is necessary to review the scholarship criteria in relation to your own circumstances.

  • How do I apply?
    Applications for UniSA Study Grants and other equity scholarships for study are open via SATAC for new and continuing students. The application process applies only to students who DO NOT currently have a Commonwealth Scholarships/Study Grant and wish to apply.

    Please note: If you are currently in receipt of these payments you will be contacted (via email) by the UniSA scholarships office to verify your ongoing eligibility. There is no need to re-apply through SATAC. Instead you will be required to complete the online eligibility review, via the myScholarships page in myUniSA. Further information will be sent to review students before the online review opening date.

    Students can apply online via the SATAC website (opens new window). Before applying please read the Basic eligibility requirements for Commonwealth Scholarships, and Eligibility requirements for Study Grant.

    Applying for other UniSA scholarships
    Please review the specific details of each scholarship in order to determine the application process and how to apply, or who to contact to find out more information for external scholarships

When do I apply?
  • As all scholarships have their own opening and closing dates, it is necessary to review the details of the scholarship you are interested in. The application opening dates are listed for most scholarships on the UniSA website, or there will be a contact listed with whom you can discuss the application dates.

Who can I contact in relation to scholarships?
  • There is a name or link listed under each scholarship description on the UniSA website, please contact the person listed as a first point-of-call.

    If your query is more general, please contact:
    Scholarships and Candidature
    Student and Academic Services
    Tel: (08) 8302 1697 
    Email: scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au

How do I find out which division my program of study relates to?
  • If you want to look at scholarships by Division, but you are not sure which Division your program of study relates to, you can visit the program search page (opens in new window) and the program page will list the Division.

How do I find out if I am enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program of study?
  • If you are not sure if your program of study is undergraduate or postgraduate you can visit the program search page (opens in new window) and the program page will list the program level.

Will I have to pay tax on my scholarship?
Will my scholarship affect payment of my benefits (e.g. Centrelink payments or concession cards)?
  • Some scholarships are not considered income for Social Security purposes.

    The Commonwealth Scholarships (CS), including Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (Indigenous-CECS) and  Indigenous Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (Indigenous-CAS), are not considered income for social security purposes. This means that current benefits such as payments made to you by Centrelink or concession cards should not be affected by payments of either of the Commonwealth scholarships.

    If you are in receipt of any other form of scholarship, we recommend you read the Income from Scholarships information provided by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) to determine if the scholarship will affect your current benefits.

If I go on leave what will happen to my scholarship?
  • Some scholarships allow the recipient to take periods of leave and then continue the scholarship when study is recommenced. Not all scholarships allow periods of leave, so it is necessary to read and understand the scholarship criteria, or seek advice from the scholarship administrator before making any decision on your situation.

Can I defer my scholarship?
  • In most cases it is not possible to defer a scholarship, however there are some exceptions, so it is important that you read and understand the eligibility criteria for the relevant scholarship. If you are not sure after reading the description or criteria, contact the person listed under that scholarship for more information.

How is rural/remoteness determined for a scholarship?

In determining a rural/remoteness for a scholarship, we will verify if the rural/remote or regional area with the Australian Bureau of Statistic's ASGC Remoteness Areas classification. The classifications are:

  • Major Cities of Australia (MC)
  • Inner Regional Australia (IR)
  • Outer Regional Australia (OR)
  • Remote Australia (R)
  • Very Remote Australia (VR)
Check the classification of your home postcode (XLS file - 246KB)

myScholarships

How do I apply for scholarships?
  • UniSA has a Scholarships Management System which students can access by logging into myUniSA and selecting my Current Studies. This will display a 'my Scholarships' link (on the right hand side of the page) which when selected will take you to the my Scholarships homepage.

    How do I apply for scholarships?

    The Scholarships Management System contains information for students pertaining to scholarships offered by UniSA, with the exception of research degree scholarships, international study tours, AusAID and IDP scholarships and some scholarships offered by external organisations.

What is on the myScholarships homepage?
  • The my Scholarships home page is broken into the following five sections:

    my Offered scholarships
    Displays scholarships that you applied for and have been offered. This is where you can either accept or decline the offer.

    my Documentation required
    Displays scholarships that you have applied for, that require you to submit supporting documentation. The list will show the name of the scholarship, type, the documentation required, any contact address and the due date for the documentation.

    my Scholarships for Review
    Displays the scholarships that you are in receipt of and are currently under review. You may complete your Scholarship Eligibility Review in this section.

    Scholarship groups I may apply for
    Certain scholarships are 'grouped'. In this section you may submit one application that will cover a number of scholarships that are listed in that group. Clicking on the Scholarship name will give you a brief description of the scholarship. Full details of scholarship criteria will be available from the scholarships website.

    Individual scholarships I may apply for
    Displays individual scholarships that are open for application. You can apply for these by clicking on the apply button. If you are unable to complete the application immediately, you can save it and go back to it later. The status for this will then change from ‘apply' to ‘continue'. Please ensure you complete and submit your application before the application closing date indicated for that scholarship. Clicking on the Scholarship name will give you a brief description of the scholarship. Full details of scholarship criteria will be available from the scholarships website.

What kind of scholarships are available?
  • For a brief description of the scholarship, click on the scholarship name listed under 'Scholarship groups I may apply for' or 'Individual scholarships I may apply for'.

    Full details of scholarship criteria will be available from the scholarships website.

How do I view the scholarships I have applied for?
  • Selecting the 'my Applications' tab at the top will display a list of all the scholarships that you have applied for and whether your application(s) were successful or not. Selecting the scholarship name will bring up a list of your responses to the application. This section also includes a list of all the reviews that you have completed.

How do I view the scholarships I have been awarded?
  • Selecting the 'my Scholarships' tab at the top will display a list of all the scholarships that you were awarded and have accepted. Scholarships that have been awarded but you have not yet accepted will appear on the homepage under ‘My Offered Scholarships'.

How can I find out if a scholarship is opening soon?
  • From the 'my Scholarships' tab, any scholarship(s) that is opening in the near future will be displayed at the bottom.

How do I check to see if my banking details are correct?
  • By selecting the 'my Details' tab, you can view your banking details. You can complete your banking details here or update new banking details. When accepting an offered scholarship, you may be requested to complete your banking details.

Equity scholarships (UniSA Study Grants) and Commonwealth Scholarships

I have completed my enabling course (one year) and was in receipt of Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (CECS)-Indigenous enabling or Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (CAS)-Indigenous enabling. Will I be eligible for four years of Indigenous-CECS or Indigenous-CAS scholarship for my undergraduate degree?
  • Students who receive the CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling and progress to an undergraduate degree will have up to four years of access to Indigenous-CECS or Indigenous-CAS if eligible.

I will be undertaking one of my courses overseas: will I still be eligible for my Commonwealth Scholarship(s) (UniSA administered) or UniSA Study Grant?
  • For ongoing recipients, provided that you meet the specific eligibility requirements, basic eligibility, and ongoing eligibility requirements. Students who undertake a component of overseas study will not be precluded from accessing the scholarship (these include: Indigenous-CECS, Indigenous-CAS, UniSA Study Grant), even whilst undertaking study overseas and as long as it will count towards the program requirements in which the student is enrolled.

Is a UniSA Study Grant considered a Commonwealth Scholarship?
  • A UniSA Study Grant is a UniSA based scholarship and therefore NOT considered a Commonwealth Scholarship.

What is a Start-Up or Relocation scholarship?
  • The Commonwealth Government is replacing the existing Commonwealth Scholarships scheme with two new scholarships - the Student Start Up Scholarship and the Relocation Scholarship. These two new scholarships are administered by Centrelink and will be paid to students in higher education to assist with the costs of studying and living away from home. Students don't need to apply for these scholarships - they will be paid directly to eligible Centrelink customers.

    For further information on the changes to income support for students and the Start Up and Relocation Scholarships, refer to the Centrelink website.

    Students who receive the CECS-Indigenous Enabling or CAS-Indigenous Enabling and progress to an undergraduate degree will have up to four years of access to Indigenous-CECS or Indigenous-CAS if eligible.

UniSA Placement Grant

I have a rural placement for the duration of four weeks; will I be eligible for the University of South Australia Placement Grant?
For the UniSA Placement Grant, if my residence is in the rural area and my placement location is also classified as a Rural area, am I eligible for the UniSA Placement Grant?
  • If you reside in a rural area and your placement is nearby, unfortunately you will not be eligible for UniSA Placement Grant. If there are significant travel involved or you have to relocate to do your placement, then you may be eligible.

If I am not able to provide my supporting documentation (e.g. Centrelink income statement) for my UniSA Placement Grant online application by the due date, can I still be assessed?
  • You need to provide your supporting documentation at least 2 weeks before commencing your eligible placement. Late documentation may not be assessed by Scholarships office unless there is a special circumstance.

Can I receive the UniSA Placement Grant more than once in the same year?
  • Unfortunately students can only be awarded one UniSA Placement Grant in the same year.

Prizes and Awards

When are the University Merit Awards and the Chancellor's Letters of Commendation awarded?
  • Awards are allocated retrospectively, a few months into the following year. For example, academic achievement in the year of 2009 the awards would be allocated by about the end of March, 2010.

    The Division to which your program belongs, or Chancellery will notify you in April by letter if you have received one of the awards.

How do I know if I qualify for a University Merit Award or a Chancellor's Letter of Commendation?
  • In order to be considered for one of the above awards you must:

    • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program (in the year of award); and
    • have successfully completed at least 36 units of study in that program; and
    • have successfully completed at least 18 units of study in that program (in the year of award)

    Anyone who has met the above requirements will be considered for one of the awards, however only those in the top 15% of their Division will be granted an award

Can I receive an award more than once?
  • The University Merit Awards and the Chancellor's Letters of Commendation are granted on an annual basis to the top 15% of students in their Division, who qualify according to all of the criteria. You will receive the relevant award/commendation for each year you are eligible.

Will the award appear on my transcript?
  • Yes, all official allocated prizes or awards that are administered by the University should appear on your student transcript. Sometimes transcripts are printed prior to the awarding period and these will not show recently allocated prizes or awards, however the additional or later transcripts you receive will show all prizes or awards allocated to you.

Can I receive both of the awards?
  • Students can receive only one of the awards in a given year as they are awarded for different percentiles within the same Division. That is, the Chancellor's Letters of Commendation will recognise the top 5% of all students who qualify in their Division, and the University Merit Awards will recognise the students who qualify and are in the top 15% of their Divisions (excluding the top 5%). The criteria states: '...Students eligible for a Chancellor's Letter of Commendation will not also receive a University Merit Award for that year'.

What can I do if I didn't receive one of the awards, but think I'm eligible?
  • Please forward your enquiry to: Scholarships.Prizes@unisa.edu.au

    Make sure to detail which program you think you should have received the award for, the year of study and your Student ID.

Where do I send enquiries relating to the University Merit Awards or Chancellor's Letters of Commendation?

 

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