ISV participants from Australia are eligible to earn 12 credit points for participation in the 2 Week Volunteer Program through the Australian University, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).
- Each student is responsible for taking course syllabus to their course supervisor at their home university to ensure he/she is eligible to accept RMIT credits. RMIT ISV Natural Resource Management Syllabus or RMIT ISV Community Development Syllabus.
- Australian citizens and permanent resident course tuition fees total AUD $1077. [Australian students are eligible to defer tuition fees through the Australian Taxation Office’s High Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) as a BAND 2 subject.]
- Tuition fees for international students total AUD $3600.
- Collection of tuition fees and course registration are the responsibility of RMIT, not ISV.
- To enrol for this option, please send an email to Lynda.email@example.com with your postal address. An enrolment kit will be sent to you.
- Deadline for enrolment: 90 days prior to your scheduled departure for the ISV program. Please refer to your allocation package for your due dates and specific departure date. Any enrolments after deadline must be approved first by ISV or your enrolment may not be accepted.
- All final grades are provided by RMIT.
If you have questions about this option or how to register please read the FAQ, or contact ISV at au- firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms. Lynda Solc at email@example.com telephone (03) 9925 2117.
OS-Help Loan Scheme
ISV participants who are earning Academic Credit through RMIT or their own university (independent study) can now apply for a government assistance loan (the OS-HELP) of up to $7500 to cover their volunteer project fees and travel costs.
As of January 1, 2014, the rules for which academic programs are eligible for OS-HELP have changed, meaning that students on the ISV Program who are earning academic credit now qualify for government assistance. This is exciting news for those of you wanting to combine volunteering overseas with a short term academic placement with ISV.
What is OS-HELP?
OS-HELP is an interest free loan from the Australian Government, available to undergraduate and postgraduate university students who plan on undertaking a portion of their study overseas. The maximum loan amount is $7500 (for programs in Asia- for all others the max. loan is $6500), which can be used to cover expenses such as airfares, accommodation and other travel/study costs. The loan goes onto your accumulated FEE-HELP debt. A resource document prepared by the Australian Government can be downloaded athttp://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/HelpfulResources/Documents/2014%20OS-HELP%20booklet.pdf.
What are the requirements?
- You must be an Australian citizen, or the
holder of a permanent humanitarian visa.
- You must be a Commonwealth supported student
(for a definition on what this means, visit:http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/studyassist/helppayingmyfees/csps/pages/commonwealth-supported-places.)
- You must not have received OS-HELP on more than
one other occasion, and not have been granted an OS-HELP loan by another
provider for an overlapping 6-month study period.
- You must have successfully completed at least 1
Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL) of study in Australia that counts
towards their course study (ie, one year of full-time study).
- You must have a minimum of 0.125 EFTSL of study
to be completed in their course on return from overseas study.
How do you apply?
You will need to apply for OS-HELP through the Study Abroad office at your own university
, regardless of whether you are enrolled in Academic Credit through RMIT or not. Each university has their own application and selection processes. Some may require that you sit for an interview. When it comes to short term study (such as the ISV Program), you may need to provide supporting evidence that you are indeed earning credits. This can take the form of a letter on letterhead from ISV/RMIT – but check with your own university what exactly this letter should state. The ISV office can provide such documents upon request.Other important notes:
- The final amount you can borrow will be
determined by your university, but the minimum is $1000 and the maximum is
$7500. You can request an amount on your application form.
- If your application is successful, the amount
is paid directly to you. The final payment for your ISV Program is due to ISV 65
days prior to departure.
- Full information can be downloaded at:http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/HelpfulResources/Documents/2014%20OS-HELP%20booklet.pdf.
- Most universities award the loans in six month period,
based on the semester of enrolment in the topic. Make sure you check the cut
off dates with your own university so you don’t miss out!