The JCU Access Fund could be the answer if money problems stand between you and a higher education at James Cook University (JCU). Your financial circumstances are taken into consideration when awarding these scholarships and bursaries.
The JCU Access Fund consists of three awards as below, you only need to submit one application which will be assessed for all awards you may be eligible for.
|JCU Access Scholarship||Undergraduate, first year, full time||$4,000||1 year|
|JCU Access Bursary||Undergraduate, first year, full time||$1,500||1 year|
|JCU Support Grant||Undergraduate, second year, full time||$500 e-voucher for the Co-op Bookshop||1 year|
Open: 10 January 2019
Close: Midnight, 28 February 2019
If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for the JCU Access Fund:
Just follow these 5 easy steps to put in an application:
|Step 1||Check that you are eligible to apply|
|Step 2||Read the conditions and the Rules of the Scholarship below and make sure you understand what they mean|
Answer the questions, and if indicated to do so, upload supporting documentation to verify your circumstances. See Examples of Supporting documentation to help you with what is required.
Your application will not be assessed until you upload any required documents.
Free scanning apps for your mobile device are an easy way to upload documents.
|Step 5||Save and submit your application.|
The Scholarships Office will assess your application and contact you to either confirm your application is complete/verified, or if not, they may request further information from you.
If you have any difficulty or need further assistance then please contact the Scholarships Office.
If you are a successful recipient in round 1 and you remain eligible after census date (21 March 2019) you will receive payment to your nominated bank account:
JCU Access Scholarship and JCU Access Bursary
Approximately 3-4 weeks after census date of Study Period 1.
JCU Support Grant
Recipients will receive a credit of $500 at the Coop bookshop which will be issued after census date of Study Period 1.
All payments are made by direct deposit to your bank account or as an evoucher at the JCU Coop Bookshop.
|Email acknowledgement||You will receive an email within 5 days of submitting your application.|
|eStudent status is Verified|
You have provided all the information that is needed.
|eStudent status is Incomplete||You will receive an email asking for the relevant information.|
|Round Closed||After the Round closing date all verified applications are scored and ranked.|
|Application still incomplete after round closed||Your application will not be assessed. If you are still eligible, you can re-apply for future rounds.|
|Outcome Successful||You will receive an email offer with the appropriate acceptance forms.|
|Outcome Unsuccessful||You will receive an email with further support information.|
If you are unsure of any step in the process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you meet the scholarship eligibility criteria it doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be awarded a scholarship. There are a limited number of Scholarships and there are often more applicants than scholarships.
Applicants are ranked against eligibility criteria and then scholarships are awarded to applicants who best meet that eligibility criteria. If you’re unsuccessful it doesn’t mean that you’re not in need; rather, it means that there are other applicants who’ve been assessed as being in greater need. You may still be eligible to re-apply in the future.
For the purpose of this document the JCU Access Scholarships, JCU Access Bursaries and JCU Support Grants will be collectively referred to as the JCU Access Fund. A payment under this program will be referred to as an award.
The JCU Access Fund has been established to assist JCU first and second year undergraduate students from low socio-economic backgrounds with study related costs.
The JCU Access Fund is funded from a number of sources, including JCU, the Commonwealth Government’s Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program, and by donations from members of the community.
This scholarship is subject to the provisions of the James Cook University Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
The JCU Access Scholarship
The JCU Access Bursary
The JCU Support Grant
To be eligible for an award under the JCU Access Fund, an applicant must:
1 Have or will complete Semester 1 or currently in Semester 2 for the first time at JCU
2 Have completed 2 Semesters and are currently in their 3rd or 4th Semester (2nd year)
Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than the advertised closing date of the relevant Round.
Applicants must attach to the official form, where appropriate:
Applications submitted without the relevant documentation will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s suitability to receive the award, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record.
The selection criteria and ranking methodology shall be determined each year by the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
At any meeting of the Committee three members shall form a quorum.
The Committee or its Chairperson may invite other University staff members and persons external to the University, as required for the purposes of the Committee, to attend meetings as advisors.
In establishing the selection criteria and ranking methodology, the Selection Committee will afford consideration to the following criteria:
The Committee shall nominate a suitably qualified person as the Evaluation Officer to undertake the ranking of applications in accordance with the agreed methodology.
The Director, Student Services shall nominate a person who has not been appointed as the Evaluation Officer, as the Quality Assurance Officer to rank 10% of the applications in accordance with the agreed methodology.
Any significant discrepancies between the rankings of the Evaluation Officer and the Quality Assurance Officer shall be reported to the Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement, or nominee and appropriate action taken.
An applicant will not be selected for an award under the JCU Access Fund unless the University is satisfied that the applicant meets the eligibility criteria.
When assessing exceptional circumstances relating to part-time study, the decision that an applicant cannot study full-time due to exceptional circumstances will be made by the Evaluation Officer; and for the purposes of ongoing eligibility by the Manager, Student Finance & Examinations. Factors such as disability, significant carer responsibilities, the unique circumstances of Indigenous students and course constraints outside a student’s control will be taken into account in determining ability to study full-time.
Where the number of eligible applications exceeds the awards available, applications will be ranked using the methodology determined by the Selection Committee, and awards will be allocated in order of rank.
Where applications are ranked equally on the basis of personal and financial circumstances, academic merit will be used as the final determinant.
The Selection Committee, in accordance with agreed ranking methodology, will determine and ratify the recipients of awards of the JCU Access Fund.
Payment will not be made for an award if the recipient does not confirm acceptance by Census date l for Study Period 1 or census date for Study Period 2.
An award may be terminated by the Director, Student and Academic Services if the recipient:
The Fund shall be administered by the Scholarships Office, Student Services, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
The funds shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the program.
A student may request a review of any decision made pursuant to this policy by lodging the request in writing with the Manager, Student Finance & Examinations, within 14 days of the date of notification.
If not satisfied with the outcome of the review a student may then lodge an appeal under the JCU Student Complaints Management Policy.
1 The census dates for Study Period 1 and Study Period 2
2 The year of enrolment relates to the period of time that the student has been enrolled, regardless of the year level of subjects within the course.