Future Students

Frequently asked questions - Future students


Who can apply?

How do I know if I am eligible to apply for the scholarship?

Applicants must be commencing study in 2019 as a first year (no previous enrolment at UOW) full-time undergraduate student at UOW (unless advised otherwise). Applicants must be Australian Citizens, Australian Permanent Residents or holders of an Australian Humanitarian Visa (unless advised otherwise).

There is additional criteria that varies for each scholarship and this will be detailed for each scholarship listing.

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Application assistance

How do I apply?

Fill in the online application form 

NOTE: If you wanted to apply for an equity scholarship you will need to apply through UAC

What is the closing date for scholarship applications?

The closing date for most of the UOW future student scholarships is 30th November.

I have forgotten what my ‘User Name’ is

Your username is either you UAC number or International Baccalaureate identifier or the automatically generated username emailed to you when you started your application.

I have forgotten my password.

You can reset your password via the UOW scholarship application log-in screen. Select ‘forgotten password” and you will be asked to confirm your date of birth and email address. An email will be sent with your new password.

How will I know if my application has been submitted?

As part of the application process you will be provided with an email receipt of submission of your application. If you do not receive a receipt of submission, in the first instance check your 'junk mail' (some email services automatically direct receipts to their user junk mail boxes). If you still haven't received a receipt please contact our Scholarships team on (02) 4252 8959 or via email scholarships@uow.edu.au.

Do I still need to apply for admission to the University of Wollongong?

Yes, you need to go the UAC website and apply to study at UOW. Alternately, you will be able to apply directly to UOW.

I do not have a Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) number.

If you don't have a UAC number or have forgotten it, all you need to do is ensure that you have completed all the personal details information, i.e. name, address, date of birth, and we can search for a UAC number.

I am not a 2018 HSC applicant what do I need to provide?

If you completed your HSC prior to 2018, and have not completed any further studies either at TAFE, Vocation College, or University, all you need to do is upload a copy of your HSC subject marks and ATAR result

I didn’t complete my high school studies in Australia. What do I need to provide?

If you completed studies overseas you need to upload copies of your reports/transcripts as part of your application. If you achieved any post-secondary (College or University study), course and or subject descriptions would be helpful in assessment of your application. You may be asked to bring in the original copies at a later date.

I am not applying for admission to the University as a HSC applicant what do I need to provide?

If you completed either a TAFE or Vocational College or University Preparation Program qualification; studied at another tertiary institution or have completed a mature age exam, you need to give details as part of your application and upload copies of your documentation. You may be asked to bring in the original copies at a later date.

My parent/guardian will be applying on my behalf as I am either studying or travelling.

If you have a parent/guardian applying for you and would like us to contact them regarding any questions relating to your application or interview details please attach a letter of authority as part of your CV/Resume, clearly stating who the person is, and their relationship to you.

Can I apply for more than one scholarship?

Yes, you are able to apply for as many scholarships that you are interested in.

Do I have to make a separate application for each type of scholarship I wish to be considered for?

No you only need to submit one application. You will be automatically considered for any of the following scholarship categories which are relevant to your stated course preferences:

- Faculty Undergraduate
- Faculty/School/Discipline related

You will have an opportunity to identify which other scholarships you are interested in, any scholarship that requires additional documentation ie a statement of support, will become part of the documents required that are identified during the on-line application process. You will not be able to complete your on-line scholarship application until all required questions and documents are provided.

If you wish to be considered for any of the additional/optional scholarships simply tick the relevant boxes. It is important that you familiarise yourself with each of the criteria for each scholarship.

IMPORTANT: there is a separate application process for Equity scholarships, refer to the Universities Admissions Centre for Equity scholarship application information.


My High School did not have Half-Yearly Exams etc. How do I continue with my application?

This is ok. To continue in the application you will need to provide an answer. Simply enter '0'. In the additional document upload, please supply a copy of your Half-yearly report (if applicable) or a small statement explaining why you do not have half-yearly exams



My High School results are grades not marks, how can I put this information in my scholarship application.

This is ok. To continue in the application you will need to provide an answer. Simply enter '0'. In the additional document upload, please supply a copy of your Half-yearly report that reflects your grades for each subject

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Equity scholarships

How do I apply for the equity scholarships?

Most (not all) of the equity scholarship applications are submitted through UAC Equity. Please note that you do not have to be registered with UAC to apply for the equity scholarships.

Application assistance for Equity scholarships that you apply for through UOW:

Who will be reveiwing my documentation and will my details be kept confidentially?

Only those staff that will be directly involved with preparing and asssessing equity type scholarship applications will be revewing your documentation.  You can review the UOW Privacy Policy here.


At the moment I am living at home, when I start university I will be moving away and living on campus or in private accommodation. How will I complete my application?

You are required to complete the application to reflect your situation once University commences. It is important to understand however, that in assessing any equity type scholarship, we have to be able to see evidence of how you will be financially supporting yourself during your studies. An application that either indicates that you live away from home and do not have any form or financial support will be assessed as being incomplete. Likewise an application that provides evidence of a minimal income (ie, less than $9,000) will be checked and may also be deemed incomplete if we are unable to identify how a student will be able to sufficiently support themselves and attend university.

I have applied for Centrelink but haven’t received a Customer Reference Number (CRN) yet?

For the question 'Do you currently receive Centrelink payments?', select the 'Currently have an application lodged with Centrelink', from the drop down menu. Once you receive this CRN please contact the scholarships office via email scholarships@uow.edu.au and we will update your information.

Why do I have to provide copies of my parent/s tax assessment notice?

In completing your application you have indicated that you are living with or receiving benefit from your parents. We require a record of the income received by your parent/s to assist in assessing your application

I am currently employed, however, this will stop once I commence university. Do I still have to submit my most recent payslip?

Yes we will require your most recent payslip, however, it is important that you give us the details of how your employment will change. You are able to include this information in the Personal Statement in the Equity statement of the on-line application.

I will not have all the required documents by the closing date, will I still be able to submit my application?

If you are going to have difficulty in securing all of the documentation by the closing date please contact the scholarships office via email scholarships@uow.edu.au or on (02) 42 52 8959.

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Selection process

How do I know if I have been selected for an interview?

Applicants required for an interview will be contacted by the Scholarships and Sponsorships team, using the contact information detailed on the application form.

Am I able to defer my interview?

Unfortunately you are not generally able to defer the interview process, if you are not available at the interview time an alternate arrangement may be able to be organised. Any changes or alternate arrangements will be required to be approved by the individual selection panels.

I live a few hours drive from Wollongong, can I arrange my interview to be done over the phone?

Yes. In most cases, this will be fine. If you receive an email inviting you to an interview, you should contact the Scholarships Team on (02) 4252 8959, or email scholarships@uow.edu.au to enquire whether the selection panel are willing to conduct a phone interview.


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How do I know if I am successful?

Some scholarships will require you to sit an interview while others will be based on the application. The Scholarships and Sponsorships team will contact you via phone and email regarding the outcome.

Are there any conditions on a scholarship offer?

Yes there are, each scholarship will clearly detail any conditions as part of the offer letter.

If I receive a scholarship offer, am I guaranteed a place at UOW?

No, an offer of a University of Wollongong scholarship is conditional on the basis that you receive an offer to study at the University of Wollongong. If you are offered a University of Wollongong scholarship, you will need to ensure that your preferences are such that you will be offered a position in your desired University of Wollongong program in the first round of offers. Please refer to the UAC website for details on how you should alter your preferences.


Can I defer my scholarship?

No, you cannot defer your scholarship. If you are not able to commence study in the year the scholarship is offered we ask you inform the Scholarships Office. You are more than welcome to make a scholarship application for the following year.

How many scholarships can I hold at one time?

At any one time, a UOW student may hold:-

  • One Category A scholarship (scholarships valued at greater than three thousand dollars $3,000)
  • Unlimited Category B scholarships (scholarships up to and including a value of three thousand dollars $3,000)
  • One Category C scholarship (all work-integrated-learning scholarships)

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Taxation and Centrelink Information

Will I have to pay tax on my scholarship?
UOW recommends that each scholarship recipient seek their own advice. The following is the information provided by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as at July 2005. The ATO states:

'If you are a student receiving full-time education at a school, college or university, your scholarship will be exempt subject to certain exceptions. Both private and public scholarships received by full-time school, college or university students in Australia or overseas can be exempt from income tax.'

The ATO's web site provides information regarding scholarships and tax, including a tool to help you determine whether your scholarship is tax exempt. Visit the ATO website. For further information contact the ATO enquiry line on 13 28 64.


Do I have to declare my scholarship income to Centrelink?
Yes you do. It is your responsibility to ensure that Centrelink have been notified of this income. You can request a letter that outlines the value and duration of the scholarship by contacting us on scholarships@uow.edu.au.


If you can't find the answer to your question you can contact us on 02 4252 8959 or scholarships@uow.edu.au

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Last reviewed: 12 July, 2018