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Student Hardship Fund

Student Hardship (COVID-19) Fund

We recognise that many international students have been directly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and may require financial assistance. A limited number of Hardship (COVID-19) Grants are available up to the value of up to $1,000. These grants are designed to support eligible international students, providing temporary financial support for unforeseen circumstances.

Students are only eligible for one Hardship (COVID-19) Grant payment, and can apply for one help with one or more of the following criteria:

  • Inability to pay rent/board
  • Inability to pay utility bills
  • Inability to buy food
  • Repatriation
  • Medical expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic that can not be recovered through a personal health insurance policy.

Hardship (COVID-19) Grants are only available for international students currently studying in Australia.

Please apply using the form below:

  • About You

  • Why you need financial help

  • Note: You may add more than one later by explaining them on your personal statement.
  • Enter the amount in AUD.
  • Supporting statement and documentation

  • Please explain why you are applying for this grant in less than 300 words.
  • Please upload a copy of your student ID, plus a copy of your passport or drivers license.
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    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png.
  • Please upload official bank account statements (not screenshots) for the past three months.
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  • Please upload proof of financial hardship - documents that prove you meet the grant criteria. We recommend providing official notification of: - a reduction of hours or loss of job. This may include a screen shot of correspondence between you and your employer. - correspondence between you and a real estate agent or landlord regarding rent payment issues. - overdue bills - bank statements showing your reduction in income/current financial situation
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