To receive a scholarship you must meet the eligibility requirements, as outlined under scholarships.
Note: your continuing eligibility will be assessed on an ongoing basis each semester (if applicable). If you do not meet the eligibility criteria at the time of assessment your scholarship may be terminated or suspended.
To receive a scholarship, you must be enrolled full‐time in a program of study at RMIT (see Enrolment load). If you need to change your enrolment, you must follow the correct procedures and also comply with your international student visa conditions.
Visit Student essentials for more information. This will ensure that your scholarship is not affected. You must maintain an active (‘enrolled’) enrolment status at all times, unless you are on an approved leave of absence.
If you are re‐enrolling in your program, please re‐enrol by the last date in December for the following year as advised in important dates. Note: if you have a ‘discontinued’ enrolment status or are not enrolled in any course/s on the University’s student administration system your scholarship will be terminated or suspended.
Changes to your enrolment must be notified in writing to the Sponsorship Development Team.
These changes include:
- reducing study load
- taking leave of absence.
Note: if you make a change to your enrolment it may affect your eligibility to receive a scholarship.
To be eligible for most scholarship you are required to have a standard full‐time enrolment load. A minimum study load for an enrolment to be considered full‐time is at least:
- 48 credit points in a compulsory semester/teaching period for higher education programs; or
- 720 nominal hours in a year (or pro rata for programs with a duration less than one year) for TAFE programs.
Reduced enrolment and exceptional circumstances
If you are receiving a scholarship that requires you to be enrolled full‐time, you may be able to reduce your enrolment in some exceptional circumstances. If you reduce your enrolment and want to keep your scholarship, you will need to notify the Sponsorship Development Team by submitting a written request, with current documentation that supports your request. You may be asked to provide this request and supporting documentation by a due date. If you fail to do so, your scholarship may be terminated or suspended.
Note: continuation of your scholarship during reduced enrolment is at the discretion of the Sponsorship Development Team. If your request to continue your scholarship while studying on reduced enrolment load is approved you will continue to receive scholarship entitlements for a period of not more than the duration on your offer letter. Your scholarship duration will not be extended, even if continuation of your scholarship during reduced enrolment study is approved. If you reduce your enrolment and cannot keep your scholarship, your scholarship will resume the next semester when your full‐time enrolment has recommenced.
In most circumstances your scholarship cannot be deferred to the next semester/year. If you do not enrol and study in the first semester that a scholarship is offered, you will not be eligible for a scholarship and the scholarship will be terminated. You are welcome to apply for the scholarship again when it is next available if you are still eligible as per the eligibility criteria on the scholarship website.
Leave of absence
You cannot take a leave of absence and keep your scholarship. Your scholarship will be suspended for the duration of your leave of absence and resume when you return from leave of absence subject to ongoing eligibility (as per details outlined in your original provisional scholarship offer letter, and these terms and conditions). Please notify Sponsorship Development Team when you apply for leave of absence so that your scholarship entitlement can be updated.
- Not all scholarships allow students to take a leave of absence.
- For scholarships where a leave of absence is not allowed, the scholarship will be terminated.
Your scholarship will be terminated if you take a leave of absence and do not advise the Sponsorship Development Team. And any scholarship received during this period will be required to be repaid to the Sponsorship Development Team.
If original scholarship eligibility requires enrolment in a specific program, you cannot retain that scholarship if transferring to another program.
If you do want to change program, you should discuss this with the Sponsorship Development Team to confirm that if you will continue to be eligible to receive your scholarship. If you can transfer your scholarship to a new program, the length of your scholarship will not extend. Your scholarship duration is based on your original program and provisional scholarship offer letter.
Note: Your scholarship cannot be transferred to another university or person.
Discontinuation of study
If you withdraw from your program, or your program is discontinued, your scholarship will be terminated. If you re‐apply for the same program at a later stage, you will also need to re‐apply for scholarships.
Please advise the Sponsorship Development Team if you are cancelling or have cancelled your enrolment. If you cancel your program after the semester has started, and payment for that semester has been made you will be required to repay to the Sponsorship Development Team.
If your scholarship is towards your tuition fees as full/partial fee waiver, you cannot apply for refund of that amount.
If you changed your citizenship status to non‐international student, your scholarship will be terminated.