Commonwealth Scholarships for Indigenous students

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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.

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2016 JCU Access Fund and Commonwealth Scholarships Information Sheet

Student TypeIndigenous
Area of StudyAny
Total Valuefrom $1299 up to $12,702 per year
Duration1 to 4 years
Opening/Closing dates

Open date :   27 February 2016

Closing date : 29 July 2016

Other CriteriaMust not have a previous degree

Scholarships Available

Scholarship

Level of Study

2016 Value

Maximum Duration

Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)

Commencing students only

$4,904

Paid in 1 instalment

Only once in a lifetime

Indigenous - Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

Undergraduate
or
Graduate Diploma of Education

$2,599  per year*

Paid in 2 instalments per year

Up to 4 years

Indigenous - Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (ICAS)

Undergraduate
or
Graduate Diploma of Education

$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

*Indexed annually

Am I eligible?

If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for Commonwealth Scholarships.

  • I am an Australian citizen
  • I am an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • I am experiencing financial hardship
  • I am or will be enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student in an undergraduate course, Graduate Diploma of Education or Tertiary Access Course
  • I am or will be enrolled full-time, or I have exceptional circumstances that prevent me from studying full-time e.g. disability, significant carer or Indigenous community responsibilities.
  • I have not previously completed a bachelor degree (or it is a prerequisite to my current course)
  • I have not already received a Commonwealth Scholarship for the maximum duration from any institution.

Additional requirements for the Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS)

  • I am a commencing (new) student
  • I have not already received a part or whole payment of IAS from any institution.

Additional requirement for the Indigenous Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (ICECS)

  • I am not in receipt of a Student Start-Up Loan or Student Start-Up Scholarship from Centrelink; or
  • I agree to repay the Student Start-Up Loan to Centrelink.
    For more information refer to the Study Assist FAQ's for changes to the Student Start-Up Loan

Additional requirements for the Indigenous Commonwealth Accomodation Scholarship (ICAS)

  • I am not in receipt of a Relocation Scholarship (RS) or agree to repay the RS to Centrelink.
  • I meet the regional/remote requirements set by the guidelines.

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.

What would I receive?

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.

How do I apply?

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.

Prospective students or returning students

If you are without access to eStudent you should complete an Application form and email it to scholarships@jcu.edu.au 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.

What happens now?

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.

Payments

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

Ongoing Eligibility

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.

Suspension of a Commonwealth Scholarship

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.

Termination of a Commonwealth Scholarship

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 maximum scholarship entitlement period has been reached
  • the maximum scholarship suspension period has been reached
  • the student has failed to maintain satisfactory academic progress and they are suspended or excluded from their course of study under the provisions of the Academic Progression Policy and there are no extenuating circumstances for such failure
  • the student has committed serious misconduct while studying at the University
  • the student is found to have provided false or misleading information in their original CS application or at any other time the student was requested to confirm their eligibility.

Centrelink Scholarships

The following two scholarships are available through Centrelink.

  • Student Start-up Loan/Student Start-up Scholarship.  
  • For more information refer to the Study Assist FAQ's for information on the Student Start-Up Loan/Scholarship

  • Relocation Scholarship. For more information refer to the Centrelink website.

Student Start-up Loan

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.

For more information, please refer to StudyAssist, Student Start-up Loan FAQsor contact Centrelink.

Relocation Scholarship

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.

Value:

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:

  • $4,333 in the first year in which you are required to live away from home to undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course
  • $2,167 in the second or third year
  • $1,083 in the fourth or subsequent year

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:

  • $4,333 in the first year in which you are required to live away from home to undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course
  • $1,083 for subsequent years

You can find out which area your family home is in by using the Student Regional Area Search service.

More Information

For more information on current entitlements for Centrelink benefits including scholarships details, students can visit the Department of Human Services (Centrelink) website.

Further information

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.