James Cook University administers the Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) Program for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students on behalf of the Australian Government. The Scholarships aim to help Indigenous students have better access to higher education.
The Commonwealth Scholarships are currently being
|Area of Study||Any|
|Total Value||from $1299 up to $12,702 per year|
|Duration||1 to 4 years|
Open date : 27 February 2016
Closing date : 29 July 2016
|Other Criteria||Must not have a previous degree|
Level of Study
Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)
Commencing students only
Paid in 1 instalment
Only once in a lifetime
Indigenous - Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)
$2,599 per year*
Paid in 2 instalments per year
Up to 4 years
Indigenous - Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)
$5,199 per year*
Paid in 2 instalments per year
Up to 4 years
Indigenous Enabling - Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (IECECS)
Tertiary Access Course (TAC)
$1,299.50 for 6 months TAC
Up to 1 year
Indigenous Enabling - Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (IECAS)
Tertiary Access Course (TAC)
$2,599.50 for 6 months TAC
Up to 1 year
If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships.
Additional requirements for the Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)
Additional requirement for the Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)
Additional requirements for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarship (ICAS)
For more information refer to the Centrelink website.
You must meet all the requirements by the first census date of the semester in order to receive the scholarship payments. If you defer your study before your first census date, your scholarship offer will be withdrawn and you will be required to reapply.
If you are successful, you will receive the payments outlined in the table above. It is possible to be awarded a combination of scholarships depending on your eligibility and scholarship availability.
Current JCU students should apply online in eStudent (preferred) or complete an application form and return it to the University by one of the methods listed on the last page of the form.
If you are without access to eStudent you should complete an Application form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or return it to the University by one of the methods listed on the last page of the form.
It is important that you send in all the relevant supporting documents with your application. If you are not sure what documents to provide take a look a the Examples of Supporting Documents
By submitting a single application, you will be considered for all scholarships within the Commonwealth Scholarship Program and JCU Access Fund for which you are eligible.
When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you ensure that your application and all relevant documents are submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.
Please note that online or email submission is preferred. If you would like a hardcopy application mailed to you, please contact the Scholarships Office.
Students receiving an IECECS and/or IECAS who progress from TAC to an undergraduate degree course within two years will automatically receive an offer of an ICECS and/or ICAS and are not required to reapply.
Your application is checked for completeness and eligibility, and you will receive an email confirmation it has been received. After the closing date it will be individually assessed and ranked based on the information and supporting documentation provided in your application. There will be no interviews. Scholarships will be allocated by the Selection Committee in order of merit.
In the case of IAS, priority is given to applicants who satisfy the CAS eligibility requirements, followed by applicants who do not meet the CAS eligibility requirements but who had to relocate to study.
All applicants will receive notification of their outcome in writing on the date specified in their application acknowledgment letter.
If you are successful, to accept your scholarship you must sign and return the acceptance form enclosed with your CS offer letter as soon as possible. Where you are offered multiple scholarships, you must return a separate form for each. If you fail to return your acceptance form by the due date specified in your offer letter, the scholarship offer will lapse.
Indigenous Access Scholarships (IAS) recipients awarded will receive full payment in a single instalment approximately 4 weeks after the census date of Study Period 2.
Commonwealth Educations Costs (CECS) and Accommodation (CAS) Scholarships recipients (in any category) will receive payment in two equal instalments per year approximately 4 weeks of the census date of each major Study Period (1 and 2).
Recipients of a CECS or CAS who maintain their eligibility will continue receive payments until they consume the maximum scholarship entitlement
Recipients of a CECS or CAS of any type must submit an Ongoing Eligibility Form each teaching period confirming their continuing eligibility for payments. An email will be sent to all recipients at the start of semesters 1 and 2, advising the location and due date of the form.
If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility criteria, your scholarship may be suspended or terminated unless there are exceptional circumstances.
If you would like your eligibility reviewed, you should complete Section B of the form identifying the criteria you do not meet and the reason why. You should also attach any documentation you have in support of your request.
Once your ongoing eligibility form has been received, your enrolment status and academic progression will be confirmed on the census date, and if eligible payment requested. Please note that it may take up to four weeks after the census date for payment to be received.
Students who do not return a completed Ongoing Eligibility Form will not receive payment.
Scholarship payments may be suspended for up to one year (two teaching periods) if the student is on approved Leave of Absence or studying part-time without providing evidence of extenuating circumstances. Once the maximum period of suspension has been exhausted, the Scholarship will be terminated and you will be required to reapply.
For students progressing from an Enabling course to an Undergraduate degree and seeking an automatic scholarship offer, the maximum suspension between courses is one year. After that time, the scholarship offer will lapse and you will be required to reapply.
Scholarships will be terminated by the University for any of the following reasons:
the student has ceased to meet any of the eligibility criteria
The following two scholarships are available through Centrelink.
For more information refer to the Study Assist FAQ's for information on the Student Start-Up Loan/Scholarship
From 1 January 2016, the Student Start-up Loan replaced the Student Start-up Scholarship administered by Centrelink and is available to new student payment recipients (Youth Allowance (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance) undertaking higher education. Students who have previously received a Student Start-up Scholarship and remained continuously on student payments, will continue to receive the Student Start-up Scholarship as a grant until coming off student payments.
The Relocation Scholarship will be available to eligible dependent Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance customers under the age of 25, who are enrolled full-time and living away from home to study.
in 2016, if your family home is in an area classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, your payment is:
If your family home is in an area that is not classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, but your education campus is in one of these areas your payment is:
You can find out which area your family home is in by using the Student Regional Area Search service.
For more information on current entitlements for Centrelink benefits including scholarships details, students can visit the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) website.
JCU Policy - Administration of Commonwealth Scholarships
Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines (Education) 2010
Amendments to the guidelines
If you have further questions, please contact the Scholarships Office.