The JCU Access Fund could be the answer if money problems stand between you and a higher education at JCU. The reasons for your financial circumstances are taken into consideration when awarding these scholarships and bursaries. There are three different awards under the JCU Access Fund.
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|Student Type||Undergraduate, first or second year of study|
|Area of Study||Any|
|Total Value||1st year only - Access Scholarship $5,000|
1st year only - Access Bursary $1,500
2nd year only - Support Grant $500 book voucher
|Closing Dates||Last round for 2016 - 29 July 2016|
If all the below statements describe you and your current situation, you can apply for the JCU Access Fund
First year students are only eligible for the Access Scholarship or Bursary
Second year students are only eligible for the Support Grant only.
The Access Fund scholarships are only paid out once,
Your enrolment is confirmed at census date for the relevant study period, then payments are made within 3-4 weeks by direct deposit to your bank account or as credit at the JCU Bookshop.
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 return it to the University. The preferred method is via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, see other methods listed on the last page of the form.
If you are unsure what is required take a look at the Examples of Supporting Documentation
By submitting a single application, you will be considered for all scholarships within the JCU Access Fund and Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarship Program 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.
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.
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 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
Applications must be submitted on the official form no later than the date set by the Selection Committee for the year in which the award is to be made.
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, Enrolments and Fees. 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 of an award is subject to confirmation of enrolment after the census date for Teaching Period 1 or 21.
Payment will not be made for an award if the recipient does not confirm acceptance by 31 May for Teaching Period 1 or 30 November for Teaching Period 21.
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, Enrolments and Fees 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.
|Document sponsor:||Dean, Learning, Teaching and Student engagement|
|Date for next review||2017|