Contact The Financial Counsellors Association of Western Australia for free independent financial counselling on 1800 889 364 (free call) or (+61 8) 9325 1617.
Other support available:
There are several ways in which students can access financial assistance for income support.
Centrelink is the Australian Government Agency responsible for the payment of assistance benefits on behalf of a range of government departments. We have provided some advice on dealing with Centrelink.
There are a range of financial assistance payments available to students by way of income-tested schemes which include:
These allowances are usually paid fortnightly during the period of eligibility.
Are you or will you be studying a post graduate degree? The Department of Social Services has deemed more masters degrees to be eligible for HECS HELP. Please see page 23 of the Student Assistance document.
As well as income support, Centrelink can also provide:
Students receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy, ABSTUDY, ABSTUDY or Pensioner Education Supplement with an Android device or iPhone may be able to make use of Centrelink's Express Plus mobile apps. There are also apps for Medicare and Child Support.
Some students may be able to access one of the many scholarships offered at UWA.
Details of University scholarships, prizes and awards for undergraduate students are also available from departmental offices, faculty offices and the Future Students Office.
Some scholarship funds are treated as income by Centrelink. If you are in receipt of Centrelink benefits, it is important to advise Centrelink of any scholarship payments you may be awarded. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of your Centrelink benefits and/or penalties being applied by Centrelink.
The UWA Study Support Fund provides assistance to students, who because of financial restraints might not otherwise participate in higher education. Applications will be provided on an individual need’s merit basis with the purpose of providing once-off financial assistance.
Applications are considered individually to ensure that those most in need receive help. Applications will be received through the UWA, Manager Student Welfare with referral to the Study Support Review Group for consideration. Applications are considered individually as a single once-off approval with eligibility determined on evidence of financial and other circumstances.
Support is available to both full and part-time eligible students (as defined below). Assistance will not usually be considered for support during non-teaching weeks or vacation periods, except in emergencies.
Note: Any amount granted shall be determined through referral to the Study Support Review Group and will not always be the maximum amount. Each application is considered individually with the grant being considered as a once-off approval.
All applicants are required to complete the following application form:
This form is also available via UWA Student Welfare who can be contacted via telephone on 6488 2424.
You should submit any relevant supporting evidence with your application, including:
You may apply for only one grant per 12 month period. Applications submission is restricted to standard teaching periods. The grant is limited to a single approval process for the term of enrolment.
Note: Grants are only accessible whilst funds are available.
Applicants refused support have the right of appeal. An appeal is required to be made in writing, within 10 days of the decision, to the Study Support Review Group attention Associate Director, Service and Engagement, Student Services.
Wherever possible, appeals will be heard within 10 working days of receipt of the appeal. Decisions will be confirmed in writing within 3 working days. The Appeals Group’s decision is final.
The information collected on the application form for Study Support Fund grants will remain confidential. Any information collected will be used solely for the purpose of assessing applications and evaluating the success of the fund.
Please contact the Manager, Student Welfare for further information about this and other financial support.
This information is for guidance only and is based on Fund criteria and is therefore subject to change without notice, Whilst every effort is made to ensure students are not inconvenienced or disadvantaged, changes may occur which are beyond the University’s control.