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Scholarship details

2020 - Semester 2 - Financial Support Bursary (Domestic Students)

Status: Closed

Applications open: 6/07/2020
Applications close: 7/08/2020

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About this scholarship

The Financial Support Bursary (Domestic Students) is available to assist students who are experiencing financial hardship and/or experiencing financial hardship as a direct consequence of COVID-19.

  • Current Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Pathways to undergraduate
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Need Based

The Financial Support Bursary (Domestic Students) will provide the following support as a one-off payment:  

  • A cash payment ranging from $500 to $1,500. The amount can be used at the recipient's discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses

Scholarship Details

All Curtin Enabling, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Financial Support Bursary (Domestic Students):

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian or New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolled full-time or part-time (minimum of 25 credits) in an eligible course at Curtin University in semester 2, 2020
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 50 (if applicable)
  • Demonstrate financial hardship
    • Financial hardship can be as a direct consequence of COVID-19 or separate circumstances

Application process

Step 1: Access application form

  • Application form can be accessed via the ‘My Studies’ tab in OASIS or via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process
  • Multiple scholarships can be applied for at one time
  • Tips on how to complete your application can be found on the ‘Applying for scholarships’ link on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date is listed at the top of the page and within the Scholarships Channel on OASIS
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed
  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed by an assessment panel using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstration of financial hardship
    • Socio-economic background
    • COVID-19 impact

Step 6: Outcome

  • All successful and unsuccessful applicants notified of their outcome via the Scholarships Channel (Student OASIS) within 4 weeks of the scholarship closing date

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) by the deadline

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship will commence from the semester of study for which the scholarship was awarded
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another major, course or university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet all of the following:

  • Maintain enrolment in semester 2, 2020

Changes to Enrolment

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from all units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for the scholarship, and may be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.


For all enquiries, please contact Curtin Connect at

Further Information


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see Department of Human Services or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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