Equity scholarships scheme

Available for

Student type:
  • Current domestic students
  • Future domestic students
  • Current international students
  • Future international students
Eligibility:
  • Struggling financially
Study type:
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Postgraduate research
Faculty/area:
  • Business
  • Creative Industries
  • Education
  • Health
  • Law
  • Science and Engineering

Eligibility details

You must be:

  • from a low-income background
  • experiencing financial hardship

We also take personal hardship into consideration when assessing applications. This includes:

  • personal medical conditions
  • disabilities
  • dependants with special needs.

There are some guarantees with our Equity scholarship:

  • If you're a commencing Smith Family Learning for Life student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,250 if you start in Semester 2, or $2,500 if you start in Semester 1. You're also guaranteed an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet and a USB drive) if you need one.
  • If you're a commencing Q-Step Scheme student, you're guaranteed an Equity Scholarship of $1,250 if you start in Semester 2, or $2,500 if you start in Semester 1.
  • If you're a commencing Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student, you're guaranteed the Equity bursary of $1,000. You won't receive this bursary if you successfully apply for one or more Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships.

You can't apply if you're a:

  • visiting student
  • cross-institutional student
  • QUT International College student.

What you receive

You can only receive one of the monetary awards (scholarships and bursaries). If you're eligible for more than one, you'll receive the one with the highest value. If you're eligible for a computer, you may receive that as well as a scholarship or bursary.

Semester 1

Domestic students can receive:

  • an Equity Scholarship of $5,000 for one year (there are limited scholarships available at this value)
  • an Equity Scholarship of $2,500 for one year
  • an Equity Bursary of $1,000 for one year
  • an Equity computer (a reconditioned desktop computer with the capacity to access internet and a USB drive).

International students can receive:

  • an Equity Bursary of up to $1,000 for one year.

Semester 2

Domestic students can receive:

  • an Equity Scholarship of $1,250 for one semester
  • and Equity Bursary of $1,000 for one semester
  • a faculty Equity Bursary of $1,000 for one semester.

International students can receive:

  • an Equity Bursary of up to $1,000 for one semester
  • a faculty Equity Bursary of $1,000 for one semester.

How to apply

Applications for Semester 1, 2014 are now closed.

Applications for Semester 2, 2014 will open in late May 2014.

Completing the application form

When applications open, you'll only need to complete one application form to be considered for all scholarships under the Equity Scholarships Scheme, including the Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships.

Required documentation

All applicants must supply:

  • individual bank statements for all bank accounts covering the past two months
  • proof of income
  • proof of the income of parent(s)/caregiver(s) if financially dependent and/or living at home
  • proof of partner's income (if partnered)
  • Centrelink Income Statement for Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY or other pension or benefit benefit if you haven't completed the Centrelink consent form
  • Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment 2012/2013 (please provide us with recent payslips covering at least two months if you are unable to provide this document). If you are financially dependent on your family and/or living at home you must also supply family income documentation.

Extra documentation

You may need to supply documentation to support your eligibility in the following categories.

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people

You must:

  • ensure you have provided your Confirmation of Aboriginality to the Oodgeroo Unit at QUT. If you need help with obtaining your Confirmation of Aboriginality from a community organisation, contact the Oodgeroo Unit.
    Regional and rural evidence

    You must show evidence of your rural/regional circumstances.

    If you are a school leaver:

    • provide school reports from your rural/regional high school for Years 11 and 12.

    If you are not a school leaver:

    • provide any official bill, tax return, document or letter from a local official, which shows your previous address in a rural/regional area for three out of four years prior to commencing your studies at QUT.
    Australian South Sea Islanders

    You must:

    • include a letter of verification from an Australian South Sea Island community organisation.
    The Smith Family - Learning for Life student

    You must:

    • include a letter of verification (on letterhead) from The Smith Family or your Learning for Life worker.
    Financial hardship

    You must:

    • show evidence of significant expenses (e.g. rent, mortgage, medical expenses, major debts)
    • show other evidence of financial hardship (e.g. letter from counsellor, housing assistance, access to welfare assistance other than Centrelink).
    Responsibility for others and personal circumstances

    You must provide evidence of the following, if relevant:

    • Number and ages of dependents (e.g. Pension Concession Card with names listed).
    • Caring for others (e.g. doctor's letter or Carer's Benefit Statement).
    • Health and/or disability issues for self or others (e.g. doctor's or relevant professional's letter).
    • Personal circumstances (e.g. letter of refugee status, guidance counsellor's report, evidence of disrupted schooling or rural/regional isolation, doctor's letter if not provided elsewhere).

What happens next

We will assess your application and score it against criteria, including your:

  • individual financial situation
  • income
  • personal circumstances.

We allocate scholarships based on need. Students with the greatest need will receive the highest value scholarships. The number of scholarships available will determine the cut-off to receive a scholarship.

If you applied for this scholarship for Semester 1, 2014, we'll let you know whether your application was successful in late February 2014.

Conditions

You must enrol in the semester you applied for. Before we pay your scholarship, we will check your enrolment status to ensure you are still enrolled and eligible.

Background

Each year QUT's Equity Scholarships Scheme provides about $3 million in scholarships, bursaries and free computers to low-income students - including those not eligible for Commonwealth Scholarships.

Contacts

Equity Scholarships Team

  • C Block, Room C300
    Kelvin Grove
    Victoria Park Rd
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4001
    Australia
  • Postal address:
    QUT Equity Services
    Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove QLD 4059

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