Frequently asked questions about scholarships

The following are frequently asked questions about scholarships offered through Deakin University:

Am I a commencing or continuing student?

If you have never studied at Deakin before and are intending to commence your studies in Trimester 1 2014 in the first year of your degree, you are classified as a 'commencing student'.

If you have studied at Deakin before or currently enrolled, you are classified as a 'continuing student'.

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I've just completed my application and want to check I uploaded my supporting documents correctly?

To check whether your documents have been uploaded correctly, once you have completed the upload, go the next stage in the application process by clicking on the "Review and Submit" tab at the top of the screen. At the bottom of the screen you will see the section headed "Supporting documents uploaded" which will show a list of all the documents that have been successfully uploaded. To edit or remove your documents, hit the "edit" button.

To check your documents once you have submitted your application and exited the Applicant Portal, log into the Portal and go to the "upload documents" tab. Your previously uploaded documents are listed at the bottom of this screen.

I've applied for a scholarship. When will I find out if I am successful?

The timeline of offers will vary depending on the time of year and the number of applications received. There may also be a number of offer rounds, so just because you do not hear from us straight away it may not mean your application has been unsuccessful.

In most circumstances if you apply for a scholarship before the start of Trimester 1, first round scholarship offers will normally be made in the January/February period.

If you apply for a scholarship during a Trimester/Semester, scholarship offers will normally be made two weeks after the application closing date.

You can review the status of your on-line application/s regularly by checking on the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

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Will my scholarship pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee?

Scholarships do not cover the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).  This fee will appear on your online invoice each Trimester/Semester along with your tuition fees.  If you are eligible to defer the SSAF and you wish to do so, you must complete the SA-HELP form online via StudentConnect, by providing your tax file number and accepting the conditions.  If you choose to pay the SSAF upfront, you must make payment by the due date specified on your invoice.  (Payment details will be available on your invoice.  Go to 'Generate your invoice' on StudentConnect).

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Can I intermit my scholarship when I intermit my course?

The rules governing each of the scholarships offered by the Student Financial Support office are different and not all scholarships can be intermitted. We recommend that you contact the office to confirm your circumstances.

For more information please refer to Intermitting your scholarship.

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Do I still need to maintain eligibility now that I've been offered a scholarship?

All scholarship offers are conditional. You should read the terms outlined in your Letter of Offer for more details.

You need to advise the Student Financial Support office immediately if your circumstances change to ensure that you are still eligible to receive your scholarship.

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Do I need to provide the Deakin University Scholarships Office with a Centrelink Authority Form to confirm my financial circumstances?

If you are a current scholarship holder an income check will be performed prior to payment of all scholarships offered on the basis of financial hardship. You do not need to provide the Student Financial Support office with a Centrelink authority form. However if you don't, you will need to provide proof of your financial circumstances prior to each payment Trimester 1 and 2 Census Date.

If you are a current scholarship holder and have not previously provided an authority and would like to please complete the Centrelink Authority form (20 KB) and send it to: 

Student Financial Support
Division of Student Administration
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

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I am thinking about changing my course enrolment, will this affect my scholarship?

Some scholarships are offered based on the course you are enrolled in. If you change your course this may affect your scholarship.

You should discuss your intentions with the Student Financial Support office to confirm your circumstances and to ensure that you are still eligible to receive your scholarship.

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What is a full-time study load?

A full-time study load is considered to be 3 credit points or more per trimester, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example, a disability preventing you from taking on additional units. You are required to notify us immediately in writing if your circumstances change.

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I am thinking about studying part-time, will this affect my scholarship?

Being enrolled as a full-time student, unless there are special circumstances, is a requirement for most scholarships.

You should discuss your intentions to change your enrolment status with the Student Financial Support office to confirm your circumstances and to ensure that you are still eligible.

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What do scholarships pay?

The payment amount and options available depend on the scholarship offered.  Current scholarship holders should refer to their Letter of Offer for more information.

If your scholarship is paid by:

  • Cash - your payment will be made by Electronic Funds Transfer directly into your nominated bank account.
  • Student contributions - payment will be made directly against your Fees account.
  • Combination (Cash and Student Contribution) - the cash portion will be made directly into your nominated bank account and the portion to be paid towards your student contributions will be paid directly against your Fees account.
  • On-campus accommodation costs - payment will be made directly to Residences on your campus.

When will my scholarship be paid?

Scholarships are generally paid in two instalments - Trimester 1 and 2, unless otherwise stated in your Letter of Offer. These payments are made progressively within the 4 weeks following census date once enrolment and other eligibility conditions are confirmed.

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When will my Deakin Card payment be made?

If you are in receipt of a scholarship that includes a payment directly onto your Deakin Card, payment will be made as follows:

  • First year - payment will be made shortly after you enrol and receive your Deakin Card.
  • Subsequent years (if applicable) - payment will be made after census date provided you continue to maintain eligibility as outlined in your original Letter of Offer.

For more information on what your Deakin Card can be used for visit deakin.edu.au/studentlife/deakincard.

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Are scholarships paid in Trimester 3?

Generally scholarships are not payable in Trimester 3. You should refer to your Letter of Offer to see if your scholarship will be paid.

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Can I ask for my scholarship to be paid on a specific date?

Whilst we appreciate the financial difficulties experienced by some students, the Student Financial Support office is unable to arrange to pay specific scholarships on specific dates.

If you are having financial difficulty please contact Student Financial Support. 

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If I have changed my bank account details, what do I need to do?

If your scholarship makes a cash payment, this will be made by electronic funds transfer (EFT) to your nominated bank account. To ensure that your payment is processed correctly you will need to advise us prior to census date with your new bank account details.

Please complete the Bank Details form (19 KB) and send it to:

Student Financial Support
Division of Student Administration
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125

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I have a scholarship that pays my student contribution but no payment has been made?

Provided that you continue to meet the eligibility conditions of your scholarship, your scholarship sponsorship will be paid towards your student contribution within the 4 weeks after census date.

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Is my scholarship taxable?

The Student Financial Support office encourages you to discuss the specific taxation implications of your scholarship with your financial adviser or directly with the Australian Taxation Office. General information regarding the taxation of scholarships is available from the ATO.

It is your responsibility to check the taxation implications of your scholarship.

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Do I need to tell Centrelink about my scholarship?

The Student Financial Support office encourages you to discuss the specific Centrelink implications of your scholarship with your financial adviser or directly with Centrelink. General information regarding the Centrelink assessment of scholarships is available from Centrelink.

It is your responsibility to check the Centrelink implications of your scholarship.

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Who can I contact if I need more information?

If you need more information please contact the Student Financial Support office on:

Phone:

+61 3 9244 6333 (Melbourne)
+61 3 5227 2333 (Geelong)
+61 3 5563 3333 (Warrnambool)

Email:

scholarships@deakin.edu.au

 

 

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