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Frequently asked questions

Applying for scholarships

Q. How do I apply for scholarships?

Scholarship applications for most future and current undergraduate coursework students are completed online.

Some external or other scholarship programs such as equity scholarships may require a different application process. Check the information listed for each particular scholarship.

Q. What scholarships are available?

All scholarships offered through our office are listed on the scholarships website. For external scholarships visit our external scholarships webpage or go to The Good Universities Guide.

Types of scholarships available include;

  • Academic
  • Equity
  • Community
  • Community/Equity
  • Work integrated learning
  • Corporate
  • Sporting

Q. What supporting documents do I need to provide with my application?

All students will need to provide;

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • One page outline detailing how the scholarship will assist you in your career ambitions
  • High school leavers need to provide a copy of their latest year 12 report

It is important to check the details of each scholarship for any other documentation that might be required. Please note also that supporting documents need to be uploaded as one PDF file.

Q. What is the closing date for applications?

Each scholarship has its own closing date which will be detailed in the advertising on the scholarships listing.

Q. How do 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 and Sponsorships office on (02) 4252 8959 or via email.

Q. How many scholarships can I apply for?

UOW encourages you to apply for multiple scholarships, provided you meet the Scholarship(s) eligibility criteria.

Q. Are New Zealand citizens eligible to apply for scholarships?

New Zealand (NZ) citizens are generally eligible to apply for scholarships that are open to domestic students (Australian citizens and Permanent Residents).

Q. Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the large volume of scholarship applications, we cannot provide individual feedback to applicants regarding their application or why they were unsuccessful. If you attended an interview however, you may be able to request feedback from the interview panel.

Q. Are international students eligible to apply for scholarships?

Information on scholarships available for international students can be found on the international scholarships website. Please note that most international scholarships are automatically awarded with your offer of admission.

Q. Can I still apply if I decide to take a gap year?

Yes. If you take a gap year you can still apply for a Scholarship when applications open again the year after you complete your HSC.

 

Q. What is my login for the scholarship online application?

High school leavers: Your username is either your UAC number or the automatically generated username emailed to you when you started your application.

Current students: Your username and password for your scholarship application is the same as your SOLS logon.

Q. How do I reset 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.

 

Q. Can I change my application after submitting it?

You are able to un-submit your application before the closing date, which means you can edit your application up to this time, even if you have already submitted.

 

Q. 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.

 

Q. Having trouble applying for a scholarship online

Contact the Scholarships and Sponsorships office for any assistance with applications

 

Q. Can I apply for other scholarships if I don’t receive one in my first year?

Yes! Scholarships are also available at UOW in second and later years of many programs, so when you enrol at UOW continue to visit our scholarships website.

 


Selection and offering process

Q. Are there any conditions on a scholarship offer?

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

 

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

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

 

Q. Am I able to defer my scholarship interview?

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.

 

Q. How can I prepare for my scholarship interview?

Go to our interview hints and tips webpage for assistance on preparing for your interview.

 

Q. 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 Fees and Scholarships team on (02) 4252 8959, or email us enquire whether the selection panel are willing to conduct a phone interview.

 

Q. How do I know if I am a successful candidate?

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

 

Q. 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.

 

Q. How do I accept my scholarship offer?

In order to accept your scholarship you will need to complete the terms and conditions included with your offer letter and return them to the Fees and Scholarships team via email.

 

Q. Can I defer my scholarship?

Most scholarships cannot be deferred. If you are not able to commence study in the year the scholarship is offered we ask you inform the Fees and Scholarships team. You are more than welcome to make a scholarship application for the following year.

 

Q. Can I hold multiple scholarships?

Our general advice is that you may apply for, be offered and accept multiple scholarships, however there are some scholarships that can’t be held concurrently. If you are unable to hold multiple scholarships then it will be outlined on your scholarship offer.


Current scholars

When will I receive my scholarship payments?

Scholarship payments are processed each term (April and September), subject to the Fees and Scholarships team confirming you met the Scholarship ongoing eligibility requirements.

If you have not received your payment, please ensure that:

  • You have completed your scholarship agreement and have provided your bank details.  
  • Your bank account details are correct.  
  • You are admitted and enrolled in a UOW program.
  • You meet the ongoing eligibility requirements of your scholarship (i.e. Enrolment, Program/Plan, Academic Progress).

However, if you have not received your scholarship payment or believe you have been paid the wrong amount, please contact the Fees and Scholarships team.

 

How can I change my bank details?

Please email the Fees and Scholarships team at scholarships@uow.edu.au.

 

Will I have to pay tax on my scholarship?

Most scholarships are not taxable; though UOW encourages each scholarship recipient to seek their own advice. Contact the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to find out if your scholarship is taxable or visit the ATO website.

 

Can my scholarships be paid in advance?

Unfortunately scholarship payments cannot be made in advance.

 

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. 

 

What marks do I need to keep my scholarships?

As a scholarship holder you are required to maintain a certain weighted average mark (WAM). The WAM requirement varies between scholarships therefore you will need to refer to your scholarship terms and conditions that were provided with your offer.

 

Can I still hold my scholarship if I am studying part-time?

The majority of scholarships offered at UOW are intended to support full-time students (ie students enrolled in at least 18 credit points per semester). If part-time is permitted it will be outlined in your scholarship offer letter.

 

Can I still hold my scholarship if I am granted a leave of absence?

If you are receiving a scholarship and you have been granted leave of absence from your course, your scholarship will be automatically suspended until you return from leave.

 

For what reason will my scholarship be terminated?

Your scholarship will be terminated if you don’t meet one or more of your scholarship terms and conditions. 

 

Can I extend my scholarship?

Most scholarships are awarded for the full duration and cannot be extended beyond this. Please refer to the terms and conditions of your scholarship as specified on your scholarship offer for details about the maximum duration.

 

What do I need to do before I go on work experience?

If you are awarded a work-integrated learning scholarship, you will need to complete the below forms prior to attending your work experience.

 

How do I obtain a scholarship statement?

If you are receiving a scholarship administered by the Fees and Scholarships team, you can request a scholarship statement via email. The statement includes:

  • your full name, date of birth and Student ID number
  • the name, start and end date, and value of your scholarship(s)

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