AHO Tertiary Accommodation Grants
- Session 1 Applications closed
- Session 1 Applications closed at 09:00am 10 Feb 2023
- The final Outcome Notice Date:
17 Feb 2022
- Session 1 Applications will open on 4 Oct 2023
- Available to:
Commencing Students; Continuing Students
- Value: $5000
- Duration: Instalments
Access to affordable accommodation is a significant barrier that impacts on Aboriginal tertiary education rates across New South Wales. The grants will provide eligible Aboriginal students with assistance to source affordable accommodation options.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for this grant you must be:
- able to provide evidence of Aboriginality;
- enrolled as a full-time student in an approved course;
- enrolled as an internal student
- able to provide a brief statement outlining why you need a tertiary university accommodation grant (less than 600 words);
- able to provide evidence of either:
- being a social housing tenant or;
- in housing stress (for this program - housing stress is defined as expending more than 40% of weekly income on accommodation).
The AHO Tertiary Accommodation Grant will provide financial assistance to eligible Indigenous students to access affordable accommodation across New South Wales.
- The grants range in value from $2,000 and are capped at a maximum of $10,000 per student
- Grants are for accommodation related expenses only
- The full grant will be administered by the tertiary institution as a stipend payment into the student’s nominated bank account.
Grant terms and conditions
Students must agree to the Guidelines (this document) and complete the application form which includes proof of:
- student must be Aboriginal
- aged 16 Years or older
- enrolment in a full time, on campus degree course or recognised University bridging pathways course
- evidence that they are a social housing tenant or experiencing housing stress (housing stress is defined as an individual expending more than 40% of weekly income on housing)
- evidence of independent living (forms of evidence below)
- proof of income
- ‘Statement of Claim’ (see application form for further details)
- must provide referees.
- Students will be required to provide evidence on an independent living arrangement
- Students intending on leaving or differing will need to provide this information in writing to the grant management section of their institute
- Students may be required to provide receipts to acquit the grant funds, (upon request only)
- Students are required to participate in a pre and post survey.
- The grants are capped at up to $10,000 per student
- The grants are for Aboriginal students enrolled in full time studies only, with a minimum duration of three years, or an accredited University bridging pathways program
The term 'Aboriginal' in these Guidelines includes Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
In addition to completing the Application, applicants must submit the following documentation.
- Evidence of Aboriginality
- Evidence of independent living arrangements (via a rental bond notice, lease agreement or landlord letter)
- Evidence of enrolment in a full-time university course at Charles Sturt University
- Evidence of weekly or fortnightly income (payslip, Centrelink or bank statement)
- Statement of claim outlining why you need a university accommodation grant (no more than 600 words in length)
Applications are required to be submitted on the prescribed application form only.
- Evidence of Aboriginality
Evidence of Aboriginality can be provided in any of the following three ways:
- Letter from a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) on LALC letterhead
- Letter from a registered Aboriginal Organisation on the Organisation's letterhead
And if neither of the first two confirmation options is possible:
- Statutory Declaration (but only in circumstances where an individual is unable to provide evidence from a Local Aboriginal Land Council or Aboriginal Corporation).
- Evidence of independent living
- A rental bond notice
- A letter from a landlord outlining weekly rent payable
- A rental/lease agreement or contract outlining weekly rent payable
- A statutory declaration from a relative or friend (outlining weekly board payable)
- Evidence relating to income
- A payslip
- A bank account statement; and
- Documented evidence of Centrelink payments (if applicable)
Terms and Conditions
By accepting the scholarship offer you agree to:
- fulfil all requirements as set out in these guidelines;
- consent to Charles Sturt University accessing your student records for the purposes of assessing and administering the scholarship;
- provide any change of individual circumstances in writing to the Scholarships Office email@example.com;
- provide information and participate in surveys for promotional purposes and review of this scholarship;
- accept the terms and conditions of this scholarship.
The University reserves the right to undertake audits of individual student’s records to ensure adherence to these guidelines.
Due to privacy laws, any discussion of a scholarship application or recipient will only take place with the scholarship applicant/recipient.
The information collected will be used by authorised University staff to assess eligibility and administer the scholarship program. The information may also be used for assessment purposes for other scholarships, scholarships and equity programs across the University. Recipient names and email addresses may be made available to departments within the University for marketing and research purposes. No details will be used externally for any reason without the recipient’s consent. Students should be aware that they provide information of their own free will.
Personal and health information provided by the applicant will not be made available to any person within the University or external organisation for any other purpose without the applicant’s consent, except where it may be a legal requirement of the University to provide information.
Frequently Asked Questions
When supporting documentation do I need to submit with my application?
Examples of documentation can be but are not limited to:
- Rental agreement/lease
- Financial need assessment
- Centrelink Income Statement
- Health Care Card
- Medicare Card
- Financial declaration
- ATO Notice of Assessment
- both student and partner (if applicable)
- Any other relevant documentation that supports your application.
How long do I have to provide further documents/information if the Scholarship Office contact me and request it?
If your application has been made incomplete and you have been requested to provide additional information or documents you have 48 hours from the date you receive the notification to provide the requested information and resubmit your application.
If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the same purpose of relocating or accommodation you may not be eligible for this scholarship
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or are in financial hardship. Supporting documentation will be required to demonstrate financial need.
Yes, you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the closing date.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org quoting the application number, your name and student ID.
An email notification will be sent by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.
Payments are made via a stipend payment into your nominated bank account or direct to housing agents.
Register your bank details with Charles Sturt via online administration.
You must notify the Charles Sturt Scholarship Office immediately by emailing email@example.com. Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, Charles Sturt may reassess your eligibility.
Charles Sturt receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and Scholarships, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.
Scholarships cannot be deferred. Scholarship recipients who defer their studies or take a Leave of Absence will have their scholarship withdrawn and the scholarship will not be paid. These students are eligible to apply in a future session providing they still meet the eligibility criteria.
- you cease to meet the eligibility criteria;
- you are guilty of academic misconduct;
- the scholarship was awarded on the basis of false or misleading information.
A scholarship recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this scholarship.
If I do not achieve the eligibility for one session does that automatically terminate by scholarship for future sessions?
You will need to submit a Special Circumstances Form outline the reason why you have not met the eligibility criteria. This will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
- Active Student: A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
- Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
- Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
- Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first session of study.
- Commonwealth Supported Place: A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
- Commonwealth Supported Student: A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
- Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
- Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent sessions of study.
- Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
- An Australian citizen
- A New Zealand citizen
- A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
- A student with an Australian permanent visa.
- Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
- Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
- Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
- Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
- Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
- Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
- Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University. Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
- Internal Student: An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student. For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
- Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
- Online Student: A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
- Part-time: A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
- Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
- Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
- Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia. Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
- Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
- Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.
How to Apply
Forms and Documents
- Download and save any forms you require for your application.
- Complete an online application form.
- Applications will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation.
- Applications with incorrect or no supporting documentation will be deemed ineligible.
- You may be assessed as eligible but not receive an offer due to quota restrictions.
- There are no interviews required.
- All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.
- Successful applicants are required to accept their grant/scholarship offer.
- Offers not accepted by the offer expiry date will be withdrawn.