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Australian Universities respond to CoVID-19

Under the current circumstances due to coronavirus pandemic, a number of Australian Universities have come forward to provide support and assistance to International Students in various forms. Below is a list of some of these institutions offering help.

If your University or Educational Institute is not listed here, don’t worry. Visit their website or get in touch with International Programs Office or Student Counsellor to find out what help is available.

Murdoch University: https://www.murdoch.edu.au/pages/covid-19-advice

  • Access to a $2 million Student Assistance Fund for student’s ineligible for Commonwealth Government support.
  • University support for the Guild Food Bank.
  • An Essentials Bursary worth $25 per week to reduce food costs for international students.
  • Online learning support, including a Technology Bursary for all students and access to a limited supply of laptops.

LaTrobe University: https://www.latrobe.edu.au/about/novel-coronavirus/university-statements

  • Waiving the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) for Semester 1
  • The creation of the La Trobe University COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program which includes a technology bursary, crisis support scholarships, and emergency relief to pay for essentials.

Monash University: https://www.monash.edu/news/coronavirus-updates

Eligible students can apply and may be eligible for up to $7500 in payments:

  • An emergency payment of up to $500.
  • A payment of up to $7000 available to students who are experiencing critical financial hardship, for example, those who have lost their income and can no longer afford accommodation, living expenses, or other necessities to complete their studies.
  • A payment of up to $5000 available to students who have incurred reasonable costs in China, Iran or Australia associated with the original inbound bans on travel from these countries.

RMIT University: https://www.rmit.edu.au/news/alerts/coronavirus

Two types of financial assistance are now available:

  1. Emergency Financial Grant: to help students impacted by job loss, housing insecurity or other financial matters associated with COVID-19. This is for non-tech expenses, like essential living costs, textbooks, accommodation, healthcare, or food.
  2. Technology Grant: to help students access essential equipment and continue studying remotely, including hardware, software, subscriptions, data and digital materials.

The University of Melbourne: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/coronavirus/financial-support

2 support packages offered by the University:

  1. COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund
  2. COVID-19 Student Support Grants

Swinburne University: https://www.swinburne.edu.au/alerts/coronavirus/financial-support/financial-support-for-international-students/#

  1. Swinburne Student Emergency Fund
  2. Tuition fee due date extended to 31st May 2020

Victoria University: https://www.vu.edu.au/current-students/campus-life/advice-support/financial-advice-support/covid-19-student-support-fund

You may be eligible for the following:

  • Emergency financial grant for students impacted by self-isolation/quarantine requirements or job losses. This grant is for essential living or study expenses related to food, healthcare, textbooks and materials (non-tech) for study up to the value of $100.
  • Technology grant to support students in pursuing studies that have transitioned to digital platforms (e.g. voucher to support the purchase of a wifi dongle up to the value of $100). 
  • Crisis housing support for students who have encountered hardship as a result of the loss of paid employment. Rental assistance grants up to the value of $500.

Flinders University: https://students.flinders.edu.au/coronavirus-information/update-vc-covid19-student-support-package

  • $1 million in emergency support payments, of up to $500, made available to students through FUSA;
  • A new Matthew Flinders Scholarship program, with scholarships valued up to $2,000, to support the continuation of your studies; and
  • The waiver of the Student Services and Amenities Fee for all students.

The University of Adelaide: https://www.adelaide.edu.au/covid-19/student-information/student-support-package

Academic support:

  • Non-graded passes (NGP): All students will be given the option to choose whether to have any passing grade converted into a non-graded pass (NGP). If students choose this option, their NGP will not count towards their grade point average (GPA) calculations. Students will be given this option following, rather than prior to, receiving their results
  • Fails converted to Withdraw No Fails (WNF): All Fail grades will be changed to WNF, which will not be counted towards GPA calculations
  • Results Pending (RP): RP can be utilised where components of courses are postponed to subsequent teaching periods

Emergency financial support:

  • IT support for remote learning – access to re-imaged University devices, and packs to increase connectivity and data limits
  • Accommodation for students in crisis – accommodation support, emergency housing and advice for students who need help with tenancy arrangements
  • Food for students in crisis – we are working with Foodbank to provide vouchers for food hampers and supermarket gift cards
  • Lost income grant – for students who have lost supplementary employment income
  • First-year student grant – for students who will not be able to continue their studies without some financial support and who have no other means of financial assistance from the government
  • Family support grant – for students with dependents living with them in Australia, who have been working to support themselves and have lost their supplementary income

James Cook University: https://www.jcu.edu.au/studentsuccess

Financial Support:

  1. Fast Track Student Support Fund – up to $400
  2. Technology bursary – up to $100
  3. Extraordinary Student Support Fund – up to $2,000
  4. Tuition payment deferral

Academic Support: Please visit the above link

Charles Sturt University: https://www.csu.edu.au/current-students/safety-wellbeing/your-wellbeing/coronavirus

Financial grants of up to $500 for full-time Students.

Federation University: https://federation.edu.au/current-students/starting-at-federation/scholarships/coronavirus-specialist-assistance-scheme

Assistance may include:

  • Weekly assistance of up to $300 each (for up to five weeks)
  • Funding for computer and/or technology assistance for students who are unable to study remotely
  • FedLiving accommodation assistance
  • Student Tuition Fee due-date extensions

Edith Cowan University: https://www.ecu.edu.au/covid-19/information-for-students#supportForStudents

  • Access to ECU Support Grants of up to $2,000
  • Hardship Payment Scheme
  • No parking fees
  • IT assistance
  • No late payment fees for semester one, 2020
  • Reduction in SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee) payment

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