Committee

Melbourne University Law Students' Society

Book Fairy

The MULSS Book Fairy Program provides financial assistance to students that are in demonstrated financial need with the costs of their textbooks. Students eligible for financial assistance under the Book Fairy Program (‘BFP’) will be reimbursed for either the total value, 75% of the total value or 50% of the total value of AUD spent on textbooks (i.e. all requisite textbooks for each Melbourne JD subject in the semester of application, excluding most legislation).

Semester One, 2018

Applications closed on Sunday 4 March 2018. Succesful applicants will be notified by early April 2018.

Succesful applicants must complete the Book Fairy Reimbursement Request by 5pm Monday 30 April 2018.

If you have any queries, please send an email to lssbookfairy@gmail.com.


What are the categories of reimbursement?

Students eligible for financial assistance under the BFP are awarded complete or partial reimbursement of AUD spent on prescribed reading materials for the semester of application (excluding legislation), as per the categories outlined below:

Category Value of Reimbursement (excluding legislation)
 A  100% reimbursement of AUD spent on prescribed reading materials.
 B  75% reimbursement of AUD spent on prescribed reading materials.
 C  50% reimbursement of AUD spent on prescribed reading materials.

 

How is eligibility assessed?

Eligibility for the Melbourne University Law Students’ Society (MULSS) Book Fairy program is assessed by Melbourne Law School (MLS) staff as part of the standard scholarship and bursary application process, which includes determination of financial need, as assessed by the University’s Scholarships office.  Once eligibility is determined by the School, MLS will provide the name and category of reimbursement (for successful applicants only) to the MULSS Book Fairy administrator (a student committee member) to facilitate the disbursement process. All other information provided by students as part of the application will be seen by University staff only.

Students MUST submit both the online application and Student Financial Assessment form to be considered for financial support awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need (including Book Fairy). Applicants are thus considered for both Book Fairy and MLS bursaries/scholarships awarded upon financial need grounds.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Full or partial reimbursement of purchase costs

Students awarded financial assistance under the Book Fairy Program (‘BFP’) will be reimbursed for either the total value (category A), 75% of the total value (category B) or 50% of the total value (category C) of AUD spent on prescribed reading materials (i.e. all requisite textbooks for each Melbourne JD subject, excluding legislation).

2. Student privacy

Protecting the privacy of students participating in the BFP is of utmost importance to the MULSS.

Eligibility for the BFP is assessed by Melbourne Law School (MLS) staff as part of the standard scholarship and bursary application process, which includes determination of financial need, as assessed by the University’s Scholarships office.  Once eligibility is determined by the School, MLS provide the name and category of reimbursement (for successful applicants only) to the MULSS Book Fairy administrator (a student committee member) to facilitate the disbursement process. All other information provided by students as part of the application will be seen by University staff only.

Information collected via the Book Fairy Reimbursement Request Form is used to facilitate the disbursement of funds to eligible students by MULSS.

3. Students retain possession of prescribed reading materials

Under BFP, students retain possession of the prescribed reading materials purchased.

At the completion of the relevant study period, students may choose to either
• (a) keep the book; or
• (b) donate it to the Law Library.

If a student wishes to select option (b), the student should contact the MULSS Book Fairy administrator for submission instructions. Note that materials should be submitted in pristine condition for reuse.

For the purposes of the BFP, pristine condition means:
• Pages must not be ripped, torn-out or otherwise missing;
• Pages must be easily legible, with no marks or annotations;
• Highlighting and/or underlining of pages is not permitted.

4. Reimbursement for second-hand textbooks

Students who wish to claim reimbursement of the cumulative value in AUD of second-hand textbooks purchased must provide a statutory declaration that states the following:
• a) The itemized list of books purchased, AND
• b) The cumulative total in AUD spent on the books.

Contact

Sian Ainsworth

Equity Officer

lssbookfairy@gmail.com