CSU Postgraduate Equity Scholarship

  • Session 1 Applications closed at 11:59pm 28 Feb 2016
  • Outcome Notice Date:
    11 Mar 2016
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: $2000
  • Duration: one year (paid in two equal instalments)

Assists students from Equity Groups to study at CSU in a Postgraduate (coursework) course


Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this scholarship in 2016 a student must be: 

  1. Studying a postgraduate degree as an active student;
  2. enrolled in a CSU course as a Commonwealth supported student;
  3. enrolled as a full time student;
  4. a commencing or continuing student. Continuing students must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (pass grade average);
  5. enrolled as an internal or online student;
  6. an Australian citizen, a New Zealand Citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia (including the holder of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa);
  7. of low socio-economic status:
    • in receipt of an eligible means tested Centrelink Benefit (refer Appendix A) or
    • must be able to demonstrate financial hardship be completing the CSU Financial Hardship Form. Insert New Containe

Guidelines

The CSU Postgraduate Equity Scholarship Guidelines contain information about how Charles Sturt University will operate the CSU Postgraduate Equity Scholarship. It also contains detailed information about the eligibility criteria, offer and payment procedures and what is required of you if you are successful.

Download the 2016 CSU Postgraduate Equity Scholarship Guidelines [PDF]

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if I am studying part time? Am I still eligible?

To be eligible for the scholarship you need to be enrolled full-time, which is at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). This equates to three (8 point) subjects or more or 24 subject points or more per semester.

CSU will, however, take into account factors such as long term illness, disability, ongoing effects of trauma or abuse, indigenous community responsibilities, course constraints outside a student's control and significant carer responsibilities as outlined in the 2016 CSU Postgraduate Equity Scholarship Guidelines when considering the initial and ongoing eligibility criteria.

If the scholarship is awarded based on part-time study, the payment amount will be a proportion of the full amount for each session based on the number of subject points enrolled at Census date.

How do I know if I'm of low socio-economic status?

If you are in receipt of a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment such as the Youth Allowance, Austudy, Abstudy, Parenting Payment etc you are considered of low socio-economic status.  Family Tax Benefit A or B are not included. 

If you do not receive a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment, a comprehensive assessment will be conducted by or on behalf of CSU to determine whether you are of low socio-economic status.

I commenced my course mid year.  Can I apply for this scholarship in 2016?

Yes. This scholarship is open to continuing students.

I commenced my course at the start of the year.  Can I apply for this scholarship in 2016?

Yes. This scholarship is open to continuing students.  

I didn't receive confirmation when I submitted my application. How do I know if it went through?<

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.

Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?

Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au, quoting the submission number (if you got one), your name and date of birth.

How and when do I hear about my application outcome?

You will receive an outcome notice by email from 11 Mar 2016.

What happens if I am successful?

If you are successful in your application for the scholarship, you will be notified in writing.  Payments will occur via electronic funds transfer (EFT) at half the annual scholarship value in the first and second sessions of each eligible year.  Payments are usually made within 2-3 weeks after the Census date of each session.

Bank details can be entered or updated online.  It is up to you to manage your bank details with CSU.  If you do not have a bank account, a cheque will be sent to your mailing address.

How do I receive and accept my offer?

All provisional scholarship offers will be sent progressively from 11 Mar 2016 by email and the offer will be an online acceptance.

The provisional offer is retained on condition that you still meet the eligibility criteria as at the Census date of each session of enrolment. 

The provisional offer will outline what you need to do to accept the scholarship.

When do I get paid?

Payments are usually made within 2-3  weeks after the Census date of each session.

Payments will occur via electronic funds transfer (EFT) at half the annual scholarship value in the first and second sessions of each eligible year.  Bank details can be entered or updated online.  It is up to you to manage your bank details with CSU.  If you do not have a bank account, a cheque will be sent to your mailing address.

I applied last year and was unsuccessful, can I apply again?

Yes. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria you can apply again.

What happens to my scholarship if I take Leave of Absence?

Scholarship recipients taking an Approved Leave of Absence in any session will have their Scholarship suspended for that session and will not receive any payment for that session. The Scholarship is automatically re-activated the next session the student enrols in subjects.

How many times can I suspend my Scholarship?

As an enrolled CSU student, if you take an approved Leave of Absence from your course, you can suspend your scholarship for a maximum of 2 sessions.

What if I want to defer my course?  What happens to my scholarship?

If you defer your course offer, you will forfeit your scholarship and you will need to reapply for the scholarship again.

What if I failed one or more subjects?

Providing you still meet the ongoing eligibility criteria outlined in the guidelines, you will still receive scholarship payments.

If your Grade Point Average (GPA) falls below the required level and you believe there are exceptional circumstances that contributed to this result, please email scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au with your name, address, phone number and circumstances for the CSU Scholarships Office to evaluate your continued eligibility.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the CSU Scholarships Office in writing immediately if any of your circumstances that you noted on your scholarship application have changed.  These changed circumstances are to be emailed to the CSU Scholarships Office at scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au.  Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, CSU may reassess your scholarship eligibility.

If I already have more than one scholarship and/or grant, can I still apply for this one?

If the total of all of your scholarships and grants, whether they're from CSU or elsewhere, is less than $7,500 per annum, you are still eligible to apply for this scholarship.

What if I have received another scholarship and/or grant?  Do I get to keep this one?

You must notify the CSU Scholarships Office immediately in writing if you are to receive another scholarship or grant, either from CSU or elsewhere.  Providing the total value of all of your scholarships and grants is less than $7,500 per annum, you may still be eligible to retain this scholarship.

How to Apply

You need copies* of the following documents before you begin the application process

If you receive a means-tested Centrelink benefit

  • Your current Centrelink Income Statement

If you have a low income (but are not receiving a Centrelink benefit)

  • Health Care Card (if you have one)
  • Most recent Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment
  • 2 most recent payslips including Year To Date earnings
  • If supported by parents, guardian, partner etc. a copy of their ATO Notice of Assessment and pay notices

*You must provide scanned copies to be uploaded and submitted with your application. Documents can be provided in PDF, JPG, DOC or TIFF format.

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