FAQs for current undergraduate and postgraduate coursework recipients
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1. What should I do if I have not met the minimum academic requirements of my scholarship?
2. Do I have to declare my scholarship to the Australian Taxation Office?
3. Do I have to declare my scholarship be declared to Centrelink?
4. Will my scholarship affect my Centrelink payment?
5. What is the difference between the new and old Commonwealth scholarships?
6. When are payments made?
7. What should I do if I have not received my payment?
8. Can I change courses and still hold my scholarship?
9. I’m currently in receipt of a scholarship and want to apply for another one. Is that possible?
10. What happens if I change to part-time study after receiving my scholarship payment?
11. I’ve changed my details, how do I let the Scholarships Office know?
It is understandable that sometimes personal or medical issues can affect your ability to study. If you have not met the minimum academic requirements, you will be asked to ‘show cause’. This is a process whereby you explain to the University the reasons for non-adherence. Supporting evidence will aid your case. The required form is available on our website. If you have been asked to show cause, and have any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to
Assessment of ‘show cause’ procedure may take up to 6 weeks. In this time, you will not receive any payments from the University. Should you require interim assistance, please approach the Financial Assistance Service.
Your scholarship, bursary, educational allowance or educational assistance is exempt from income tax under ss 51-10 and 51-35 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 if:
- you are a full-time student at a school, college or university; and
- the scholarship is provided principally for educational purposes; and
- you are not required to become, or continue to be, an employee of the entity or authority; and
- you are not required to enter into, or continue to be a party to, a contract with the entity or authority that is wholly or principally for your labour.
If you are studying part time, you may be liable to pay tax on your scholarship.
Please visit the Australian Taxation Office website to assess if your scholarship is taxable.
There is also an online tool available which aids in identifying if your scholarship is taxable.
If you are in receipt of a payment, it MUST be declared to Centrelink. All income has to be declared; please contact Centrelink for more information.
If you do not declare your scholarship, you may end up owing Centrelink money.
In 2011, up to $6,972 (indexed) of equity and merit-based scholarships are exempt from the income test. This applies to all payments with a personal, partner or parental income test. This means these scholarships will have less of an impact on your fortnightly Centrelink payment. Any amount of the scholarships over $6,972 will still be considered personal income and may affect your payment rate. The excess amount will be averaged over the remaining fortnights of the period of the scholarship. This means it will have a consistent impact on your fortnightly rate of payment. See the Centrelink website for further details.
If you began receiving a Commonwealth scholarship (CECS, CAS, NAS, NPS) in 2009 or before, you will continue to receive payment from the University of Sydney.
However, you MUST let Centrelink know if you are receiving a Commonwealth Scholarship from the University.
From 2010, the Commonwealth Scholarships are only available for indigenous students. Other eligible students will be paid the Start-up Scholarship and, if relevant, the Relocation Scholarship directly from Centrelink; these are categorised as Commonwealth income support.
If you are unsure what Commonwealth scholarship you are receiving, please do not hesitate to
Most payments for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework scholarships are made on a semesterly basis. We aim to pay all University of Sydney Scholarship recipients before HECS Census date.
Commonwealth scholarships are paid after HECS Census date.
Postgraduate research scholarships are usually paid on a fortnightly basis.
If you have not received payment or if you believe you have been paid incorrectly, please contact the Scholarships Office as soon as possible either by or call 02 8627 8450.
Some of the scholarships do allow for university-wide transfers, however, please note that this depends on the type of scholarship that you are holding.
As a general guideline, Faculty scholarships have to remain in the faculty. Merit & Entry scholarships are also to remain in the Faculty. Scholarships such as University of Sydney Outstanding Achievement and University of Sydney Access Scholarships may be moved across faculties. However, please note that they may not be valid for the entire duration of the new program that you will be commencing.
You should also refer to the ‘Conditions of Award’ for the scholarship you hold as this usually states whether transfers are allowed. A copy of the conditions is printed on the back of the letter of offer you received for the scholarship.
Please ring the Scholarships Office for more detailed information regarding your scholarship’s specific conditions.
Scholarships are tagged as ‘primary’ and ‘secondary’. This information is available in the conditions of your scholarship. You can hold only one ‘primary’ scholarship at a time; there is no restriction as to the number of ‘secondary’ scholarships that you can hold. Additionally, there are no restrictions regarding the number of external scholarships you can hold.
If you are unsure of what multiple scholarships you can hold, please contact the Scholarships Office on 02 8627 8450.
In the event that you change to part-time study after receiving payment, the Scholarships Office will contact you to make necessary arrangements. This may either be paying half of the amount back to the Scholarships Office or not being paid for the next semester.