Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply for scholarships?
How do I apply for scholarships?
Links to the scholarship application portals are located at the bottom of each open scholarship.
There are two application forms. To ensure you are considered for all scholarships you may be eligible for, please submit
- one application through the Western Sydney University scholarship form (for Indigenous, High Potential and Humanitarian Scholarships), and
- one application through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) Equity Scholarships form (for Equity Scholarships).
We will ask you a range of questions, and once we know more about you, we will assess your eligibility for each available scholarship in that category.
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.
How are scholarship recipients selected?
Each scholarship has stringent selection criteria and the scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best meets the 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?
Once the applications have been assessed and the outcomes are known all applicants are notified via email. In the majority of cases, offers are made within six weeks of the scholarship closing date. In exceptional circumstances or for donor-funded scholarships this may take longer.
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 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.
To find out if a scholarship has been awarded this session, please check the Availability status in the scholarship table of the corresponding scholarship category page.
If I am awarded a scholarship, am I also awarded admission to a course?
I was awarded a scholarship partway 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 partway through your degree.
Payments commence from the semester the scholarship was awarded in. Scholarship payments will not be made retrospectively.
What are the enrolment conditions for my scholarship?
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?
Defer Scholarship: To defer a scholarship, return the completed scholarship agreement form by the due date as stated on the offer letter and notify the Scholarships Unit of your deferment and new start date.
Leave of Absence: Notify the Scholarships Unit of your approved leave of absence, providing the start and end date.
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?
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.