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2018 - Semester 2 - Curtin STAR Scholarship (Current students) - Closed

2018 - Semester 2 - Curtin STAR Scholarship (Current students) is now closed.

Status: Closed
Applications open: CLOSED
Applications close: CLOSED

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

The Curtin STAR Scholarship has been developed by Curtin University to assist students who may otherwise not have an opportunity to attend university due to a low socio-economic background and financial hardship

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Humanities
  • Health Sciences
  • Science & Engineering
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
Course type
  • Undergraduate

Non-gender specific

  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
Scholarship base
  • Need Based

The Curtin STAR Scholarship will provide the following support for the remaining expected duration of the undergraduate degree (based on a full-time study load of 100 credits per semester:

A cash stipend ranging from $500 and $1,500 per semester. (Part-time enrolment will reduce stipend amount). The amount can be used at the recipient’s discretion to contribute towards educational related expenses

Payments occur post census date each semester. Payments will be made approximately mid-end April and September. First payment will be made approximately end September/early October.

Eligible courses

All undergraduate award courses

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet ALL of the following criteria to be considered for a Curtin STAR Scholarship:

  • Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa or New Zealand citizen
  • Enrolled in an eligible undergraduate award degree* at Curtin University 
  • Enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place at Curtin University 
  • Minimum course weighted average (CWA) of 50
  • Experiencing financial hardship

*Please note, OUA students are eligible to apply, however must be enrolled in a full award course. Students enrolled in single subjects (non-award) through OUA are not eligible to apply.

Conditions that need to be met to keep your scholarship

Unless there are exceptional circumstances such as, but not limited to, medical or family reasons, students must meet ALL of the following:

  • Remain enrolled in an eligible undergraduate degree at Curtin University
  • Maintain a course weighted average (CWA) of at least 50 per semester
  • Fail no more than one unit per semester

Scholarship continuity is subject to meeting satisfactory academic progress as detailed above. Progress will be assessed at the end of each study period. Unless there are exceptional circumstances, a recipient with unsatisfactory progress or who breaches the scholarship conditions shall be ineligible to retain the scholarship. Exceptional circumstances must be forwarded to and shall be at the discretion of the Scholarships Office.

Changes to enrolment

If a recipient intends to do any of the following they must also apply in writing to the Scholarships Office ( for approval BEFORE the change. The Scholarships Office will advise how the change will affect their scholarship.

  • Change of course
  • Leave of absence (If approved the maximum period of leave is 12 months)

Withdrawal or Terminated from units or course: A recipient who withdraws from their units or course of study, or has been terminated from studies will become ineligible for continuation of the scholarship, will not receive any further payments and will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded for that study period if applicable.

How to apply

Application process

Step 1: Apply

  • Application form can be accessed via ‘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 under the ‘Application Advice’ tab on the scholarships website

Step 3: Submit

  • Closing date listed at top of page and within 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
    • Demonstrated financial hardship

Step 6: Outcome

  • Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified of the outcome via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS) within approximately 6-8 weeks of the scholarship closing date 

Step 7: Acceptance

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

Please note:

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

Need more information?


Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992

Frequently Asked questions:

Further information

Students may apply for as many scholarships as they are eligible for, and if successful, will be awarded the highest value scholarship. If students are successful in receiving an offer for more than one scholarship valued the same, they will have the opportunity to select their preferred scholarship. 

For further information about holding more than one scholarship contact


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see  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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