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Scholarship glossary of terms

04 March 2024

From co-tenable to stipend, check UC's scholarship glossary of terms if you're not sure what a word or phrase means.


Glossary of key terms used with scholarships


Academic division
The academic divisions of the University are:
 i. Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts
ii. Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School
iii. Te Kaupeka Ako | Faculty of Education
iv. Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering
v. Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health
vi. Te Kaupeka Ture | Faculty of Law
vii. Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science

Admission with equivalent standing
Students who have overseas university or secondary school qualifications (excluding Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or International Baccalaureate (IB)), or other non-NCEA qualifications, can apply to enrol at UC under AES status. Ad Eundem Statum means "of equivalent standing".

General term for a scholarship, grant, or prize.

Able to be held at the same time that another scholarship, prize, or grant is held.

Domestic student
Usually, a student who is paying domestic fees. See the University's Glossary of Terms for full details.

Enrolment, full-time
A minimum study workload equivalent equivalent to 48 points per semester. See the University's Glossary of Terms for full details.

Enrolment, part-time
A study workload equivalent to under 48 points per semester. See the University's Glossary of Terms for full details.

External agencies
Companies and institutions that are external to, and independent from, the University. They include commercial, industrial, and research companies (such as CRIs), but exclude granting agencies (such as Marsden, MBIE, etc.) and research consortia (such as COREs) except where there is a specific collaboration agreement with the University referring to co- funding of scholarships.

First year fees
Tuition fees and compulsory fees (including the student services levy).

First year tuition fees
The tuition fees for the year, which are calculated from the fee for each course a student is enrolled in.

First year undergraduate student
A student starting the first year of their undergraduate degree, who has not enrolled at another tertiary institution since finishing secondary schooling.

Gap Year
A period, between the end of a former student’s last school year and the beginning of an academic year of the university, spent by the former student in non-academic activities. Considered to be of no more than 12 months’ duration.

An award made to contribute to expenses related to study, such as travel, conference attendance, or equipment purchase.

International student
Usually, a student who is paying international fees. See the University's Glossary of Terms for full details.

Pacific student
A student with indigenous descent from any of the following islands: Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau, Fiji, Rotuma, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Palau, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Wallis and Futuna, Hawaii, French Polynesia, Rapanui (Easter Island).

An award made in recognition of previous peformance. It is not based on future conditions, such as enrolment. 

The rules governing an award.

Research doctoral degrees
Degrees awarded in recognition of a substantial body of original academic research that is (at least in principle) publishable in a peer-refereed academic journal and that is typically submitted for examination as a single thesis (e.g., PhD), or in combination with coursework/practicum (e.g., named doctorates, such as the DMA, EdD, and DHSc etc.).

Research-related expenses
Expenses directly related to the conduct (and possibly the promulgation) of research, including equipment or consumables that are needed for (or would enhance) the research, costs of travel and accommodation for field work or to use specialised equipment or facilities, and costs associated with attendance at conferences and workshops.

Satisfactory academic engagement
Academic engagement in accordance with the responsibilities and expectations described in the UC Student Code of Conduct.

Satisfactory academic progress
Normally, satisfactory academic progress for retention of a scholarship is, if a grade is awarded, the maintenance of a GPA of at least 5 (B grade average), or, if a grade is not awarded, the meeting of the progression requirements for the relevant degree. If a scholarship’s regulations specify a different standard of academic progress, that standard takes precedence.

An award made for the purpose of supporting future or current study.

The component of a scholarship's value that is paid to a recipient's bank account, either in a single payment or in multiple payments. Some scholarships pay only a stipend, while others pay both a stipend and tuition fees. 

Able to be held. A scholarship is tenable for a specified period, by a student who meets specified conditions.

The period that a scholarship is held, as specified in the scholarship's regulations.

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