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Value and duration

The RMIT Welcome Scholarship will be awarded in 2021 for the standard full-time duration of an RMIT certificate, diploma, advanced diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree program.

The scholarship consists of full program tuition fees and Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF) paid per semester.

Some scholarship recipients may also receive a study/living allowance of up to $5000 per year (paid fortnightly throughout semester 1 and 2).

Note  Any material fees required for your program or fines are not included in this scholarship.

Existing 2020 recipients of a tuition fee waiver for Welcome Scholars (formerly known as the RMIT People Seeking Asylum Scholarship):

Welcome Scholars receiving tuition fees paid in 2020 and continuing in the same program in 2020 may apply to be considered for the living/study allowance. If you are changing your program for 2021 and apply for the 2021 RMIT Welcome Scholarship, you will be considered for both the tuition fees, SSAF and the living allowance (please ensure you apply for your program by 1 December 2020).Number

There are a limited number of tuition fee waiver scholarships available. The number of scholarships available is dependent on the program you will be studying in 2021:

Number of scholarships available in 2021Program
2*Higher education (associate or bachelor degree) programs
2Vocational education (certificate IV, diploma or advanced diploma) programs 

*There is one tuition fee waiver scholarship available in the College of Design and Social Context and one in the College of Science, Engineering and Health

Note There may be more eligible applicants than scholarship places available, therefore not all eligible students may receive a scholarship offer.

Note The final number of scholarship places available may be subject to change.Eligibility

To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • hold either a:
    • Temporary Protection Visa (V785) or
    • Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) or
    • be a person seeking asylum on Bridging Visa E (BVE);
  • be a commencing or continuing full-time student enrolled or intending to enrol in semester 1, 2021 at RMIT University Melbourne campus (Melbourne CBD; Brunswick; Bundoora only);
  • have a program offer at RMIT University for semester 1 2021 in an eligible program* by 12 January 2021
  • be able to demonstrate financial disadvantage.

Information supplied in the application/s will be assessed and ranked. Some programs have quotas for how many scholarships can be awarded. Exclusions: Scholarships are not available for applicants applying for programs delivered at Point Cook or Bendigo campuses and people seeking asylum on Bridging Visa A (BVA). 

*See the ‘Number’ section above.How to apply

Complete the online application form by the application due date. In order to be considered for this scholarship, you must submit a complete online application. Partial applications will not be assessed.

Supporting documentation

Depending on your circumstances, you will need to provide different types of evidence and material to support your scholarship application. Applications without supporting documents will not be considered.

Please visit Supporting Your Application for more information.

You will need to provide the following:

  1. a copy of your visa statement (it must include your full name)
  2. evidence of financial hardship:
    • if you are in receipt of Centrelink payments you must provide a Centrelink statement showing your Special Benefit (SB) or Status Resolution Support Services Payment (SRSS) dated within the last three months, with your full name visible; or
    • provide your own financial documents confirming your financial status or financial documents from those who support you financially.
      The documentation accepted is: the 2019-2020 ATO Notice of Assessment and 3 most recent payslips for yourself and all the people who support you financially 
  3. Letter of recommendation:

A letter of recommendation is a statement of support written by someone who knows you or is aware of your circumstances. RMIT will accept one of the following types of recommendations:

              a)    One letter from a community organisation with specialist services that support people seeking asylum or refugees who can confirm your membership or involvement with that organisation.


              b)    One letter from a teacher (current or past) or someone you know well who can highlight your academic and personal strengths and can include information about the type of social and/or emotional support that you have through family, friends or from your community as you look to commence further study.

RMIT assess applicants for this scholarship based primarily on financial need, however, as part of its ranking will consider:

  • evidence of long term medical condition or disability which may have impacted your ability to study
  • evidence of extenuating circumstances (e.g. carer duties) from applicants unable to study full-time, but will study part-time.

Application questions

It is expected that the online application will take approximately thirty minutes to complete. The main application questions are listed below to allow you time to prepare your answers in advance prior to starting the online application.

  • What do you want to do after you complete your program? What are your future career plans?

Find out more about applying for scholarships.Open dateApplications for 2021 will open on 28 August 2020.
Close dateApplications for 2021 will close at 4pm on Monday 14 December 2020.Terms and conditions

View the Coursework Scholarships Office’s terms and conditions.

  • Scholarship cannot be deferred or placed on hold in its first semester.
  • The continuation of the scholarship each semester is subject to meeting satisfactory academic performance
  • Holders of the RMIT Welcome Scholarship must inform RMIT University immediately when their visa changes.
  • If Government policies or your residency changes, and you become eligible for Government programs that assist students with deferring fees (e.g. FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP, SA-HELP), then the appropriate tuition/SSAF paid portion of this scholarship will cease, but you may continue to receive the stipend payment. 
  • Applications for a scholarship for part-time study may be approved in limited circumstances such as where current medical conditions/disability do not allow full-time study. Working or not being able to enrol full-time due to failed courses are not approved circumstances for studying part-time. Any recipients approved for their scholarship to continue whilst part-time enrolled will be paid at a half rate and it will be considered taxable as per Australian Tax Office regulations.
  • Receipients understand that in addition to the Coursework Scholarships Office communicating with you regarding your scholarship, you will also be receiving communications from RMIT’s Equity and Diversity team such as requests for feedback and information on your educational study and student experience.

Further informationSee this guide for more information about how to apply for a program at RMIT.Contact

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