How are universities assisting the students during the pandemic?

Deakin University

Deakin University’s COVID-19 Financial Assistance 

In response to the pandemic, Deakin University has come up with a support scheme for the students. Deakin University prioritizes the safety and wellbeing of the community, and are doing everything possible to help the students during the covid-19 crisis. The financial assistance schemes aim to support students during their academic semester. To know more about the scheme and its eligibility requirements, please visit the link provided below.

Domestic students


International students


You must be actively enrolled and studying to be eligible for the schemes.

You will not be considered eligible if you have completed your studies or are not enrolled in the current study period. Please ensure your eligibility before submitting the application. The eligibility has changed for the domestic and the international schemes.

The scheme closes on Thursday, 10 December 2020 at 5 pm. Please submit the application on time.

For Further information

Other options are also available through Money Start that provides tips and information to help you during the difficulty and financial hardship. It also contains the updated Government’s announcements and guidance. Deakin has announced additional funding of up to $25 million to support international students for the next six months. 

 Financial Assistance

o Student loans

o Natural disaster grants

o Rural Clinical Support Scheme (Nursing and Allied Health)

o Rural Clinical Support Scheme (Medicine)

o WIL Student Support Scheme

o Managing expenses

o Centrelink approved courses for postgraduate students

o COVID-19 Financial Assistance

·         Deakin Card

     Letter requests and documentation



Covid-19 support and assistance

RMIT Support and Assistance

The RMIT students (domestic and international) are eligible for the help scheme to overcome the financial hardship. It covers food, housing (short term), academic expenses and other essential expenses. RMIT’s Student Hardship Assistance and Equity Scholarship funds have been expanded to provide up to $10 million in support to students impacted by COVID-19.

How to apply

To access Financial Hardship Assistance, please book an appointment with Student Support Advisor to apply for the scheme. Please check the government’s or other support options available to you before applying for Financial Hardship Assistance from RMIT.

International Student Emergency Relief Fund

RMIT University continues to provide the International Student Emergency Relief Fund. International students can apply for assistance. Book an appointment with a Students Support Advisor.

Two types of payments are available for students impacted by COVID-19. 

1. Emergency Financial Grant

To support students who are impacted by job loss, housing insecurity or other financial matters associated with COVID-19. This is for non-tech expenses, such as essential living expenses, textbooks, accommodation, healthcare, or food.

2. Technology Grant

To help students access essential IT equipment to continue studying remotely, including hardware, software, subscriptions, data, internet and digital materials. The Technology Grant is limited to up to $1,000 per student.

University of Canberra

The University of Canberra is committed to support the students during the pandemic crisis.

Please be assured that we are monitoring up-to-date advice from the Australian Government and taking the necessary steps and precautions to ensure that all our students are informed and supported appropriately. Students requiring administrative support, course advice or assistance during this time should contact Student Centre:

Students facing hardship due to impacts of COVID-19 can contact to discuss their concerns and needs. The University has advised international students in hardship to send an email to detailing their hardship, so that the cases would be handled individually. 

The UCX Food Pantry has partnered with Canberra Relief Network to provide relief hampers for students. Hampers consist of a variety of non-perishable food items and some essential toiletries. Each student is entitled to one hamper per month, as each hamper is designed to meet the needs of a family of four for a week.

Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University

The university has announced various support mechanisms for students, including a reduction of the Student Services and Amenities Fee. Support for students during COVID 19 outbreak

Edith Cowan University (ECU) has a variety of support program for the students affected by the Covid-19. ECU provides services and financial support with a $2million package, to let students continue their studies. The students can also study online, to avoid physical movements during the Pandemic. To assist you with this temporary transition to online learning, we guides and instructional videos:

It has also established a Support Grant of $2,000 for eligible students. University’s Student Guild is providing $50 grocery e-vouchers also. 

Curtin University

The university has made the Financial and Housing Support Bursary available to assist students who are in financial hardship due to COVID-19. It is a need-based scholarship, available to domestic and international students, enrolled in a minimum 25 credit points in semester 1 of 2020. 

This website will continue to provide essential information to students about the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 throughout Semester 2.  For all general or study enquiries, please contact Curtin Connect. If you are finding this a stressful time, you are encouraged to make use of Curtin’s free and confidential support services (either in person or online).

Students experiencing financial difficulties may also be eligible for a range of support programs. To find out more, contact Curtin connect (1300 222 888) or complete the online form.

Victoria University

Victorian University is committed to assist students through this period of Pandemic crisis. The university also launched Covid-19 financial support to help the students severely affected by the Pandemic. The emergency fund is created for those students in need, and the enrolled students are eligible for the support scheme.

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. It offers support even if the sponsor of an international student is facing hardship due to the situation. As an information, the Phase 1 is now closed, and the second phase is introduced because of the crisis still continuing.

The Second Phase of financial support is an emergency support fund for the students, to help them continue their studies.

This one-off grant of $500 is only available to continuing VU students who meet the following criteria:

  1. You are a current VU student.
  2. You are currently living in Australia
  3. You started your course of study before 29 June 2020.
  4. You have a current and active enrolment in study at VU on application and are not on an approved Leave of Absence or Intermission.
  5.  You are not eligible for any government funding including JobKeeper and JobSeeker payments.
  6. You can demonstrate ongoing financial hardship as a result of the impacts of COVID-19.

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Murdoch University

Support for you during COVID-19

Murdoch University is aware of the hardships faced by the students due to the Pandemic. Murdoch University came up with a Student Support Package to assist those affected students. The university has announced a student assistance fund aiming to safeguard physical and mental health and well-being of the students. It has a study support fund for part-time students amounting $500 each and, and full-time students can apply for up to $1,000.

How to apply

If you need help to ease your financial hardship, you need to submit 6 months of bank statements from all the bank accounts you have. You are asked to answer these three following questions.

1.     Why do you need financial support? You must be specific, and provide supporting evidence. Some examples of appropriate reasons are:

o    ongoing expenses due to medical conditions

o    supporting multiple dependents

o    Your family sponsor is unable to contribute due to COVID-19 impacts.

2.     How much funding do you need?

3.     How and when will the extra funding be spent?

You can only upload 3 files. Multiple page documents should be combined and uploaded as one complete file.

To apply, please email us your statement and supporting documentation and in the title of the email provide your name and student number.

Contact us for further information:

Phone: +975 2 334362/ +975 2 339817/+975 17129314

Email us:

#23 SD Plaza, 4th floor,

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Thimphu, Bhutan.

NB: All information has been derived from respective university websites. 

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