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, excluding most legislation).

Semester One, 2018

Applications open: Tuesday 13 February 2018

Applications close: Sunday 4 March 2018

APPLY NOW (redirect to Melbourne Law School Scholarship Website)

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 (via the MLS Scholarship website - link above) to be considered for financial support awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need (including Book Fairy). 

Applicants will be considered for both Book Fairy and MLS bursaries/scholarships awarded upon financial need grounds.

Late applications cannot be accepted. Applicants should read the terms and conditions below prior to submitting an application.

If you have any queries, please send an email to lss-equality@unimelb.edu.au.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. Full or partial reimbursement of textbook costs
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, excluding most legislation).
Whether an applicant receives reimbursement (full or partial) depends on the score of the applicant’s financial status, assessed by the University of Melbourne (‘the University’), the outcome of which is relayed to individual students via correspondence from MULSS.
MULSS is not privy to the scoring process of the University and is not permitted to reveal the scoring and tiering system that is utilised.

2. Students automatically retain possession of relevant textbooks
Under BFP, students will automatically retain possession of the relevant textbooks upon the completion of the relevant period of study.
The MULSS will reimburse the textbook for the student, for the full cost/75% of the cost/50% of the cumulative cost of the textbooks as initially outlaid by the student.
At the completion of the relevant study period, students may choose to either

  • (a) keep the book; or
  • (b) return it to the Law Library.

If students wish to select option (b), the textbooks must be barcoded by the Law Library at the beginning of the study period.
The Law Library will then place the relevant textbook in the high-use catalogue, for future use by the entire MLS cohort.
If a student who selects option (b) and fails to return the textbook to the Law Library in Pristine Condition at the end of the relevant study period, the book will not be accepted by the Law Library.
Students who wish to select option (b) might experience a brief delay whilst the textbooks are barcoded by the Library. However, barcoding will be scheduled such as to minimise any negative impact on study.
Students who wish to select option (b) must return their textbooks in a Pristine Condition, as assessed by the Law Library staff.
For the purposes of the MULSS Book Fairy Program, 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.

3. 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

Peggy Gusah

Equality & Social Justice Director

lss-equality@unimelb.edu.au

Ayman Shash

Equality & Social Justice Director

lss-equality@unimelb.edu.au