Equity Scholarship applications for 2017
Institution Equity Scholarships (IES) are university funded and targeted to undergraduate students who can provide proof of financial need. The University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia will offer 2017 Institution Equity Scholarships with a centralised application through SATAC.
Applications are now open. Applications close on Friday 3 March 2017.
We strongly recommend that you read each section under Important Information below before applying for an Equity Scholarship. To start your application go to the Apply page. Applications must be submitted before Friday 3 March 2017.
Who can apply for an Institution Equity Scholarship?
You can apply for an IES through SATAC if:
- You have been made an offer to commence study in 2017 at the University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia, or
- You will be continuing a course of study at the University of South Australia in 2017 that you commenced prior to 2017, and
- You will be enrolling in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). Full-fee paying international students are not eligible.
Your citizenship must be either:
- Australian citizen, or
- Australian permanent resident, or
- Holder of a permanent humanitarian visa, or
- New Zealand citizen (University of Adelaide scholarship applications only)
What information do I need to start an equity scholarship application?
Depending on your applicant status you will need to enter certain information:
- If you applied through SATAC for a place at the University of Adelaide or the University of South Australia for 2017, you will be asked for your SATAC reference number.
- If you studied prior to 2017 and you intend to continue your studies at the University of South Australia in 2017, you will be asked for your current student number and details of the course you are studying.
You will need to supply proof of financial disadvantage:
- If you have a Commonwealth means-tested income support payment you will be asked for your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or your Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) file number; or
- You will need to supply an income statement for each person in your household for the last two financial years.
If you wish to be considered for a rural/regional ranking you will need to supply your permanent residence postcode and indicate that you moved for study:
- The names and postcodes of the schools attended for the last two years of your secondary schooling.
Key dates for 2017
Wednesday 18 January 2017
Equity Scholarships open for 2017 applications.
Friday 3 March 2017
Closing date for 2017 Equity Scholarship applications.
Friday 17 March 2017
Requested documentation for assessment of your application must be received at SATAC by 5pm 17 March 2017.
Closing date for online Applicant Services.
Friday 31 March 2017
Are there any other scholarships I can apply for?
Yes, each university offers a range of scholarships. You can find general information on university scholarships via their websites:
We strongly recommend you read the information below before beginning an Equity Scholarships application. Click on a question to expand.
There are a limited number of Institution Equity Scholarships. If there are more eligible applicants than scholarships available, eligible applicants will be ranked against each university’s selection criteria. This means that the application process is competitive and you are not guaranteed a scholarship even if you meet the eligibility criteria.
Institution Equity Scholarships (IES) are university-funded scholarships to support undergraduate students with low socio-economic status who can demonstrate financial disadvantage.
For the first half of 2017 SATAC provides an Equity Scholarships application service on behalf of the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. By submitting one free application through SATAC you will be considered for all Institution Equity Scholarships offered.
Details about the scholarships on offer can be found in the fact sheets below.
The University of Adelaide
University of South Australia
The Australian Taxation Office's website provides information regarding scholarships and tax, including a tool to help you check whether your scholarship is tax exempt.
For further information, contact the ATO enquiry line on 13 28 61.
The three universities in South Australia, and Charles Darwin University in the Northern Territory, offer a variety of scholarships and bursaries for commencing or continuing Indigenous Australian students.
Please contact your university's Indigenous unit for further information.
Prior to census date (31 March 2017), please direct all enquiries to the SATAC Equity Scholarships Service. You can find our contact details here.
After the census date contact your university scholarships office for information.
You will need to have some important pieces of information available when you commence the scholarship application.
To identify your 2017 course of study, you will need your SATAC reference number or your current UniSA student number and details about the course you are studying in the first half of 2017.
To establish financial disadvantage, you will need:
- Your Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN) or your Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) file number if you are receiving a Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income-support payment. The CRN or DVA file number must be your own, not your parent's or partner's; or
- The names, dates of birth and income details for the last two financial years for all family members (including partners) in your household if you are NOT receiving a Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income-support payment in your own name.
You must complete and save ALL of the sections listed in black in the left hand menu. Once EVERY menu item has either a green tick or circle next to it the submit button will become black and you will be able to select it.
Yes, you will be sent an Equity Scholarships acknowledgement email. If you have not received an acknowledgement email within one week of submitting your application, please contact SATAC's Equity Scholarships service.
Changes to Personal Details
If your contact details have changed, you will need to update them. To access your application go to My Application and log in.
If your name has been incorrectly recorded or has changed, please advise SATAC in writing. Ensure that you include your SATAC Equity Scholarships reference number on your correspondence.
Adding or changing Centrelink or Department of Veterans’ Affairs data
If you applied for a Centrelink benefit after submitting your scholarship application, you can enter your Centrelink CRN or DVA file number into your application. To access your application go to My Application and log in.
If you entered an incorrect CRN, DVA file number or income information, you can amend this information in the same way.
After the census date
After the census date (31 March), if you have been awarded a scholarship, you must notify your university of any changes in your circumstances which may affect your ongoing eligibility for scholarship payments.
Your Customer Reference Number (CRN) is your unique Centrelink identifier. It has nine numbers followed by a letter e.g. 222 555 999H. Your CRN can be found on letters sent to you by Centrelink on the top left hand side of the page next to the word 'Reference', or on concession cards, next to 'CRN'.
Do not assume that the CRN is the number you use to log on to Centrelink online services.
If you do not have any recent letters from Centrelink you will need to phone Centrelink to obtain your CRN.
Means-tested income support payments are Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) payments subject to an income and assets test (e.g. Youth Allowance).
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- Family Tax Benefit Part A and/or B are not considered to be means-tested support payments for the purpose of an Equity Scholarship application.
- You must be receiving the benefit in your own name, not in the name of a parent of partner.
- If you are receiving an Income Contingent Loan, Start-Up or Relocation Scholarship from Centrelink you will not be considered eligible for the UniSA Study Grant.
SATAC will not access, use, modify, disclose or retain information or data about any Centrelink customer (including the Customer Reference Number or CRN), except in performing our official duties of assessing Institution Equity Scholarship eligibility.
SATAC will only request data from Centrelink if you provide consent for us to do so on your Equity Scholarships application. If you do not provide consent then you will need to provide income history documentation.
If you do not currently receive a Centrelink benefit and would like to apply for one, contact Centrelink via the website at www.humanservices.gov.au.
If you will be in receipt of a means-tested income support payment from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans' Affairs on Census Date (31 March) you do not need to provide any information about your income history.
If you will not be in receipt of such a payment the web application will prompt you to enter the name and date of birth of everyone in your household/family, including children and/or siblings. You will then be required to list the past two financial years’ income for each individual (yourself included).
After you submit your application SATAC will write to you requesting documentary evidence of all the income details you entered in your Equity Scholarships application.
For those listed as having an income of $6000 or above you will need to provide certified copies of the relevant Australian Tax Office Notice of Assessment.
For those listed as having an income of $0 to $5999, you will need to provide a statutory declaration stating that the income you have listed is true and correct.
You must also provide documentary proof of any partnership or trust income entered.
If you are offered a scholarship you will be notified by your university after the census date (31 March). Equity Scholarship offers will be made from mid-April 2017.
Applicants who do not receive a scholarship offer will be notified by their university or SATAC in the weeks after offers are made.
If you are awarded an Equity Scholarship your university will provide details of how and when the payments will be made to you. Your university will make all scholarship payments directly to you. You will not receive any payments before the census date in each scholarship period. You should consult your university for more information about payment procedures.
For information about the value and frequency of scholarship payments, see the details under What scholarships are available?
No. However, you may be required to provide documentation each year to assist your university to evaluate your continuing eligibility. Your university will contact you to provide this information. If you continue to meet the eligibility criteria for the scholarship that you have been awarded and your scholarship has not been terminated, then your scholarship will continue without you needing to reapply.