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Financial and Housing Support Bursary - COVID-19 - Semester 1, 2020 - CLOSED

Status: Closed

Applications open: 30/03/2020
Applications close: 5/06/2020

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About this scholarship

The Financial and Housing Support Bursary is available to assist students who are in financial hardship as a consequence of COVID-19.

The Financial Bursary is for students who require immediate financial assistance and do not have other means of support available and the Housing Bursary is for students who require on campus accommodation for semester 1, 2020. 

  • Current Students
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Science & Engineering
    • Science courses
    • Engineering courses
    • Western Australian School of Mines (WASM)
  • Pathways to undergraduate
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate coursework
  • Higher Degree by Research
  • Australian Citizen
  • Australian Permanent Resident
  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
  • International Student
  • Need Based

One-off stipend ranging from $250 - $1,500. Range based on student need

Scholarship Details

All Curtin Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 25 credit points in semester 1, 2020
  • In financial hardship as a direct consequence of COVID-19

Application process

Step 1: Access application form

  • Application form can be accessed via the ‘Apply Online’ button on the top right-hand side of this page

Step 2: Complete

  • Complete the application form online
  • Application form can be saved at any point of the process

Step 3: Submit

  • Once submitted, application status will change to submitted
  • Incomplete applications will be sent back to the applicant and will not be assessed

Step 4: Receipt

  • Application receipt will be sent to student email once application has been submitted

Step 5: Assessment

  • Applications will be assessed using the following criteria:
    • Responses to questions in application form
    • Demonstration of financial hardship as a consequence of COVID-19

Step 6: Outcome

  • Outcome will be sent via the Scholarships Channel
  • All unsuccessful and successful applicants will be notified

Step 7: Acceptance

  • Successful applicants must accept the terms and conditions via the Scholarship Channel (Student OASIS)

Please note:

  • Scholarship will be awarded if there are applicants of sufficient need
  • Scholarship is not transferable to another major, course or university

Enrolment Requirements

Recipients must meet ALL of the following:

  • Maintain current enrollment in semester 1, 2020. Students who withdraw from units or their course will be required to repay to Curtin University the stipend awarded

Changes to Enrolment

Recipients must remain enrolled 


For all enquiries, please contact Curtin Connect at

Further Information


For advice on your Centrelink payments and how your scholarship could affect your payment please see Department of Human Services or contact a Centrelink Office.  If you require a letter about your scholarship for Centrelink, please contact the Scholarships Office. 


Generally scholarship money paid to full-time students is not treated as taxable income, however if your study load is less than 75 credits (part-time) your scholarship money is not tax exempt. Other than the full-time study requirement, the general rule is that scholarships are exempt from taxation unless:

  • It is a condition of the scholarship that a recipient is required to undertake activities that are of use, help or benefit to the scholarship provider - then the student is rendering a service by agreeing to undertake those activities;
  • An award is received by a student where the scholarship is not provided principally for educational purposes.
  • During or upon completion of the degree for which the scholarship is awarded a recipient is required to become, or shall continue to be, an employee of the funding body; or

The Australian Tax Office has a tool to help you determine if your scholarship is taxable.  For expert advice please contact the Australian Taxation Office or your accountant when completing your annual Tax Return.  If a letter regarding your scholarship is required for taxation purposes, please contact the Scholarships Office.

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