Melbourne University Law Students' Society

MULSS Book Fairy 2017

1. Full or partial reimbursement of textbook costs

All students eligible for financial assistance under the Book Fairy Program (‘BFP’) will be reimbursed for the total value, 75% of the total value or 50% of the total value of AUD spent on textbooks, being all requisite textbooks for each JD subject (excluding most legislation).

Whether a student receives full or partial reimbursement depends on the score of the student’s financial status, as determined by Financial Aid’s scoring and tiering system, the outcome of which is relayed to individual students via correspondence from E&SJ.

E&SJ Dis not permitted, for reasons of potential privacy infringement, to reveal the scoring and tiering system utilized by Financial Aid.

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 MULSS Equality Directors and 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.


Applications for Semester 2 are now CLOSED.


The University of Melbourne Privacy Policy:

This information will be used in the assessment of your application for a Law Student Society Book Fairy Textbook Reimbursement Program. Only Student Financial Aid staff, LSS Equality Directors, the LSS Leadership Team will have access to the information. An individual has the right to gain access to their personal information held by the University. For further information about The University of Melbourne’s Privacy Policy, please refer to or email


Hey pals! Just a note that we are trialling a new Book Fairy system this semester in order to be more equitable; here are some common FAQs answered!

Q. I was approved for Book Fairy last semester / last year. Do I need to apply again?
A. YES! We are trialling a new system and so we require all previous applicants to reapply.  

Q. I was not approved for Book Fairy last semester / last year.  Am I eligible to apply again?
A. YES.  We are putting in place a new system that we think will assist more people who missed out last time, and we encourage you to apply if you need to.

Q. I’ve been approved in past; will I be approved again?

A. We don’t look at the financials of each student who applies, and we also cannot guarantee that previous approval will mean that you’re eligible this time around.  It all depends on the number of applicants that we have this round.
Q. What is the new system?
A.  In order to help more students receive reimbursements, we are trialling a new system whereby students are grouped into tiers according to their financial need. The tiers correspond to the percentage of reimbursements that students will get. 

We go by a scoring and tiering system that is devised by Financial Aid.

Tiering system

  • The top tier of students are considered those with the most financial need. Students in this tier will receive 100% of reimbursements.
  • The middle tier of students are considered those with intermediate financial need. Students in this tier will receive 75% of reimbursements.
  • The bottom tier of students are considered those with lower financial need. Students in this tier will receive 50% of reimbursements. 

We’re hoping that this system helps a few more people out this time around, because we really do want to help all of you out as much as we can. 

Assessment of financial eligibility is undertaken by the Financial Aid department of the University, in order not to compromise the confidentiality of students’ financial records.

If you have any questions or concerns, please send us an email at and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.


Peggy Gusah

Equality & Social Justice Director

Ayman Shash

Equality & Social Justice Director