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Below you will find some of the frequently asked questions regarding the scholarship application process.

To apply for a Curtin scholarship, current students should use the online application form, available from all open scholarship pages. For future students, please see our future student scholarship application guide [.pdf].

Please note: Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

What scholarships can I apply for?

We encourage you to apply for all of the scholarships that you meet the eligibility criteria for. Eligibility criteria is available on each individual scholarship web information page.

How do I know if I am eligible for a financial need scholarship?

Financial need assessment is based on the below:

  • Answers to questions on the application form
  • Income and living arrangements
  • Special consideration (anything additional that affects your ability to study)

What happens if I submit an incomplete application?

Incomplete applications will be assessed as ineligible. Please make sure your application is complete before submission.

I would like to add information to my submitted application

You will only be able to edit your application whilst the scholarship is open.

If you would like to edit your application after you have submitted it, you can do this via your Scholarships Channel within your OASIS account whilst the scholarship is open for application. Navigate to 'submitted applications' within the Scholarships Channel and you will be able to edit and resubmit your application.

Please note: If you have applied for multiple scholarships, each application will need to be edited and resubmitted separately.

If you do not resubmit your application by the deadline, your application will be deemed unsubmitted and will not be assessed.

All financial need based scholarships will require bank transactions. The bank transactions requirement is intended to substantiate your financial hardship claims.

What is required?

  • Transactions from all accounts, including any credit card, home loan or savings accounts
  • Transactions from all of your partner's accounts (if applicable)
  • Detailed annotations (Required annotations outlined below)
  • Correct date range (Required date range outlined below)
  • Correct format (Acceptable formats outlined below)

Required annotations:

  • All credits (detail what the credit is for, e.g. work income, loan, gift, etc)
  • Debits over $2,000 (detail what the debits are for, e.g. transfer to savings, payment of loan, transfer to housemate for house expenses, etc)

Required date range:

The most recent 60 days' transactions are required for all accounts.

Transactions must be dated within 10 days of the application submission date. Out of date transactions will result in an incomplete application.

Acceptable formats:

  • Statements (must be in correct date range)
  • Screenshots from internet banking*
  • Transaction listing from your bank

*Screenshots from internet banking are only accepted provided the following is included:

  • A screenshot of your home page detailing your name and account number, or a statement with these details
  • The description and value of each transaction is visible

I don't have any transactions in my account within the last 60 days

You will be required to search for the last 60 days' transactions on internet banking and screenshot the '0 transactions within this date range'.

I don't have internet banking and my statement is not dated within 10 days of my submission date

You will be required to obtain a transaction listing from the bank.

Example bank statements

The financial statement is intended to be a way to elaborate on any circumstances that have not yet been covered within the application.

What is required?

  • You are not required to write a financial statement, however we encourage you to write one if you have any circumstances that have affected your ability to study or work
  • Any statements you do make must be supported with documentation (e.g. medical documentation, death certificate, carer evidence, etc)

 

If you are applying for an industry sponsored scholarship, we recommend that you research the industry sponsor before completing your application. You will then be able to answer the questions in relation to the industry sponsor's values and objectives.

Can I copy and paste my answers?

Yes, you can. We recommend you tailor each statement to the scholarship you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for two industry scholarships which have the same question, your answers may differ slightly dependant on the industry's operations, values and objectives.

For merit based scholarships, you are required to include a reference from a lecturer, tutor, employer or previous high school principal.

If you are enrolled in your first year of study, a letter from your high school would be acceptable. If you have completed more than one semester at University, we recommend you provide a reference from a lecturer, tutor or employer.

What is required?

  • References should detail (not limited to) your major academic achievements, commitment to your learning field, and leadership qualities
  • More than one reference will be accepted if offered
  • Letter should be either on letterhead paper and/or signed by your referee

When applying online, all your supporting documentation must be provided in PDF format, and under 5MB per document.

How do I convert my documents to PDF format?

A PDF document can be created from any text or image file on your computer. A PDF file will not reformat itself when opened on another computer - it will look just the same as it did when you created it.

Most common programs like Microsoft Word have a "Save as PDF" option. Simply select this option when you click "Save As..." in that program.

You can use Adobe Acrobat to create PDFs (note Adobe Acrobat Reader cannot create PDFs), or there are also many free PDF creator programs available. A list of these programs is available on Wikipedia: List of PDF software (note: Curtin does not support or endorse any specific PDF software. Applicants should conduct their own research before downloading PDF software).

Why is my document not uploading?

The most common cause for difficulties when uploading supporting documentation is file size. Make sure your file is under 5MB, but please do not compress your documents (i.e. zip files). Tips for reducing file size can be found online.

Another possibility is an error in your document name. To minimise potential errors, please save your file in the format familyname_documenttype. Avoid spaces and special characters such as ampersands (&) or quotation marks (").

Applications can be edited whilst the scholarship(s) you have applied for are open for application.

To edit your application, go to the Scholarships Channel under the ‘My Studies’ tab within OASIS. Click on 'view submitted application'. From here, you will be able to edit your application.

Please note: If you have applied for multiple scholarships, each application will need to be edited and resubmitted separately.

If you do not resubmit your application by the deadline, your application will be deemed unsubmitted and not be assessed.

The status of your application can be tracked via the Scholarships Channel under the ‘My Studies’ tab within OASIS. The outcome of your application will also be listed here once outcomes have been determined.