Frequently asked questions about scholarships

Here are some common questions and answers if you are applying for or have been offered a scholarship.

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 online application/s regularly by checking on the Deakin Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.

I'm having trouble apply for a scholarship through the applicant portal

If you're having problems or require assistance with applying for a scholarship then you can contact for assistance.

+61 3 9244 6333

Will I need to reapply for a scholarship to receive it each trimester?

The exact terms and requirements will differ depending on the scholarship and so you'll need to check your Letter of Offer for details about payments in future trimesters or contact

Can I intermit my scholarship when I intermit my course?

The rules governing each of the scholarships offered by the Scholarships and Financial Assistance 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.

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 Scholarships and Financial Assistance office to confirm your circumstances and to ensure that you are still eligible to receive your scholarship.

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 Scholarships and Financial Assistance office immediately if your circumstances change to ensure that you are still eligible to receive your scholarship.

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

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.

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).

My scholarship bursary is not showing up on my invoice

Your scholarship bursary will not show up on your invoice until after Census Date, after which all payments will be made progressively within 3-4 weeks of this date. If your bursary amount does not show on your invoice 4 weeks after Census Date, please contact

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.

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 the Deakin Card website.

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

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

If you are having financial difficulty please contact the Scholarships and Financial Assistance office.

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 email it to

Is my scholarship taxable?

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

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

Do I need to tell Centrelink about my scholarship?

Who can I contact if I need more information?

If you need more information please contact the Scholarships and Financial Assistance office on: +61 3 9244 6333

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