Selection and conditions policy

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Selection policy for Australian Catholic University Commonwealth Scholarships

1. Australian Catholic University (ACU) will offer at least the number of Commonwealth Scholarships (CS) it is allocated for a year in that year.

2. Applicants may apply for more than one type of CS.

3. A student will not be selected for a CS unless ACU is satisfied that the student meets, or will meet, before any CS payment is made, the eligibility criteria as set out in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, regarding:

  • Citizenship (must be an Australian citizen or holder of a permanent humanitarian visa)
  • Low socio-economic background (must be in receipt of Commonwealth income support payments);
  • Commonwealth-supported student status; and
  • Course and full-time status (requires at least 75% of an equivalent full-time study load, except in exceptional and demonstrated circumstances).

4. In addition a student will not be selected for a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (CAS) unless ACU is satisfied that the student meets, or will meet, before any CS payment is made, the eligibility criteria as set out in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, regarding:

  • rural or regional background;
  • the necessity to move from a rural or regional area to undertake their chosen course of study;
  • the incurring of additional accommodation costs as a result of the necessity to move; and
  • ACU ‘internal’ student status.

5. In addition a student who is the recipient of other scholarship/s of a combined value greater than $10,000 will not be selected for a CS, with exception to the Indigenous Access Scholarship (IAS), as specified in the Commonwealth Scholarships Guidelines made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003.

6. Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of the extent to which the applicant meets the eligibility criteria, regardless of the campus attended.

7. Applicants may be awarded more than one CS and hold both scholarships concurrently, for as long as they remain eligible to hold both scholarships.

8. First year (commencing) students will be deemed to have met the satisfactory academic progress criterion by receipt of the offer of a place in the course in which they enrol.

9. Actual grade values and/or the number of days an applicant has been in receipt of Commonwealth income support payments may be considered where applicants are otherwise ranked equal.

10. This policy will be reviewed annually and consequently may vary from year to year.

Reviewed and amended January 2016

Conditions policy for Australian Catholic University Commonwealth Scholarships

1. A student awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship (CS) must be an enrolled student of Australian Catholic University (ACU).

2. Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarships (CECS) will normally be paid in two instalments, each of 50% of the annual value of the CECS. The first instalment will be paid within six (6) weeks of the Semester 1 census date; the second instalment will be paid within six (6) weeks of the Semester 2 census date. (Note: in most cases the respective census dates are 31 March and 31 August.)

3. Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarships (CAS) will normally be paid in two instalments, each of 50% of the annual value of the CAS. The first instalment will be paid within six (6) weeks of the Semester 1 census date; the second instalment will be paid within six (6) weeks of the Semester 2 census date. (Note: in most cases the respective census dates are 31 March and 31 August.)

4. Indigenous Access Scholarships (IAS) will normally be paid in two instalments. Students who have been made an offer, and have been confirmed as meeting the eligibility requirements for an IAS, will receive the first half of their payment as soon as practicable after confirming their acceptance of their scholarship offer. The second half of their payment will be issued within six (6) weeks after the census date. (Note: If the IAS is awarded at the start of the year, payment will be made within six (6) weeks of the Semester 1 census date. If the IAS is awarded mid-year, payment will be made within six (6) weeks of the Semester 2 census date.)

5. Scholarship holders must continue to meet the basic and continuing eligibility requirements for the duration of their scholarship, as set out in the Commonwealth of Australia Higher Education Support Act 2003 Guidelines for Commonwealth Scholarships and for each payment round are not entitled to any further payment until they have had their eligibility re-assessed. The eligibility of CECS and CAS holders will be re-assessed every standard semester.

6. Scholarship holders must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as determined by ACU. See Clause 10 below.

7. Scholarship holders will be required at each assessment period to declare whether the circumstances that rendered them eligible for the award of the scholarship have changed in any relevant respect.

8. A student who wishes to accept an offer of a CS must complete, sign and return the CS acceptance form, including agreement to provide to ACU, on request, personal information relevant to assessment of their ongoing eligibility for a CS. The acceptance form must be returned by the nominated date, otherwise the offer will lapse.

9. Scholarship holders who intend to suspend their studies may apply in advance for a suspension of the CS for a maximum time period of one academic year. If no such application is received, and the University’s records show that the scholarship holder is not enrolled for the relevant semester, entitlement to the CS will lapse and the CS will be terminated. See first dot of Clause 10 below.

10. The CS will be terminated if:

  • the scholarship holder ceases to meet the eligibility criteria for their CS; or
  • the maximum duration of the CS has been reached (if applicable); or
  • the scholarship holder fails to make satisfactory academic progress as defined by ACU; or
  • the scholarship holder has committed serious misconduct (eg, provided false or misleading information).

11. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether or not their receipt of an award will have taxation implications or will affect their social security entitlements.

12. The maximum duration a student can have access to one or more CS is for a total of eight scholarship periods (four years).

13. These conditions will be reviewed annually and consequently may vary from year to year.

Reviewed and amended March 2010

Selection policy for Australian Catholic University Equity Bursaries

1. Applicants will be selected on the basis of:

  • the eligibility criteria as set out in the Guidelines for Commonwealth Scholarships made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, regarding low socio-economic status;
  • the eligibility criteria as set out in the Guidelines for Commonwealth Scholarships made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, regarding rural and regional background;
  • Indigenous status;
  • citizenship status;
  • demonstrated educational disadvantage; and
  • the eligibility criteria as set out in the Guidelines for Commonwealth Scholarships made under section 238-10 of the Higher Education Support Act 2003, regarding undergraduate status.

2. Normally, only applicants who have not been awarded a CS are eligible for an award of an ACU Equity Bursary. Note that receipt of an ACU Equity Bursary in a previous year does not render a person ineligible to apply for a CECS or CAS in a subsequent year.

3. Applicants who are in receipt of a scholarship other than a CS are eligible for an award of an ACU Equity Bursary, provided that the combined value of other scholarship/s is no greater than $10,000.

4. 20 bursaries will be awarded in the following manner:

  • one bursary shall be awarded per campus on the basis of the extent to which the applicants meet the eligibility criteria;
  • the remaining 14 bursaries shall be awarded on the basis of the extent to which the applicants meet the eligibility criteria, regardless of the campus attended.

5. This policy will be reviewed annually and consequently may vary from year to year.

Reviewed and amended January 2016

Conditions policy for Australian Catholic University Equity Bursaries

1. A student awarded an ACU Equity Bursary must be an enrolled student of Australian Catholic University.

2. The ACU Equity Bursary will normally be paid as a one-off payment. The payment will be made within six (6) weeks of the census date for the next standard semester (Note: If the ACU Equity Bursary is awarded at the start of the year, payment will be made within six (6) weeks of the Semester 1 census date. If the ACU Equity Bursary is awarded mid-year, payment will be made within six (6) weeks of the Semester 2 census date.)

3. It is the responsibility of the student to determine whether or not their receipt of an award will have taxation implications or will affect their social security entitlements.

4. A student who accepts the award of an ACU Equity Bursary under the provision allowing exceptional award to part-time students must note that under these circumstances the bursary is classified as income by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).

5. A student who is offered an award of an ACU Equity Bursary may not apply to defer acceptance of the Bursary.

6. A student who wishes to accept the award of an ACU Equity Bursary must complete, sign and return the acceptance form by the nominated date, otherwise the offer will lapse.

7. These conditions will be reviewed annually and consequently may vary from year to year.

Reviewed and amended March 2010