Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for scholarships?
Can I apply for more than one scholarship?
The scholarship I want to apply for isn't open?
Scholarship applications open twice a year, in Autumn and Spring.
The University together with our donors offers a variety of scholarships every year. Please note that not every scholarship will be available at every intake and that the University reserves the right at all times to withdraw, amend or vary criteria of scholarships.
Register your interest (opens in a new window) to learn more about scholarships at Western Sydney University, and to be notified when new scholarships become available throughout the year.
How do I apply for scholarships?
Will I be notified that my application has been received?
How are scholarship recipients selected?
Each scholarship has stringent selection criteria and the scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best meets the this criteria. Selection for some scholarships may require approval by the relevant donor or selection committee and may involve an interview with the donor or selection committee.
Criteria can include; academic merit, Grade Point Average (GPA) or Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR), equity criteria (financial hardship, sole parent/carer, non-English speaking background, medical condition/disability, Indigenous, etc), location (rural or isolated), personal attributes, performance at interview or a combination of selection criteria.Each scholarship page lists the selection criteria.
Can I be awarded more than one scholarship?
- Group A scholarships are those funded by the University
- Group B are those funded by Donors
- Group C scholarships are those provided by the Commonwealth of Australia, or an Australian State or Territory.
Students can hold two scholarships concurrently from Group A and B - they must be from a different group.
What happens if I am awarded a scholarship?
An official offer letter and scholarship acceptance/agreement form will be sent to you. Once you have read the scholarship Terms and Conditions and if you agree to them, you must complete and return the agreement form to the Scholarships and Student Advancement Unit by the date indicated in your offer letter. If the agreement is not received by the due date, it may be assumed that you do not wish to accept the scholarship and it will be offered to another candidate.
If I am awarded a scholarship, am I also awarded admission to a course?
I was awarded a scholarship part way through my degree, will this impact payments?
Scholarships are available for new and continuing students. As a continuing student, you could be awarded a scholarship part way through your degree.
Payments commence from the semester the scholarship was awarded in. Scholarships payments will not be made retrospectively.
What are the enrolment conditions for my scholarship?
points per semester) must remain enrolled as a full-time student throughout the duration of their scholarship. Part-time enrolment (minimum 20 credit points per semester) may be approved in exceptional circumstances.
Students who are approved for a scholarship for full-time or part-time enrolment (minimum of 20 credit points) must remain enrolled as a full-time or part-time student throughout the duration of their scholarship.
Can I defer my scholarship or take a leave of absence?
What will happen if I change my enrolment details during the scholarship period?
When and how do I receive payment for my scholarship
How can I spend the scholarship money?
How do I update my bank details?
Can I transfer courses and retain my scholarship?
Can I apply for another scholarship if I transfer my course of study?
There is work experience or an internship as part of my scholarship benefits. How will I be contacted?
What is deemed to be an appropriate academic record for scholarship purposes?
will my scholarship affect my eligibility for Department of Human Services benefits?
Will my scholarship have taxation implications?
In what circumstances can my scholarship be terminated?
- You cease to meet the eligibility criteria; or
- Once the full quota of payments for the scholarship have been paid; or
- If you are found guilty of misconduct; or
- If you fail to maintain satisfactory academic progress as stipulated on your Scholarship Terms and Conditions.
If you are aggrieved with a decision, in the first instance seek explanatory feedback from the Scholarships Unit. If you are dissatisfied with the explanation required, you can make an appeal within 15 working days of the termination of your scholarship.