UniSA Student Hardship (COVID-19)

UniSA Student Hardship (COVID-19)

The health and wellbeing of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic has been one of our highest priorities in the University’s response to the disruptions caused by this global health crisis.  Since April 2020, UniSA has awarded more than $9 million to students experiencing significant financial hardship during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. As South Australia emerges from restrictions and UniSA returns to on-campus study, we are now focusing on supporting students through a recovery plan that includes connection with relevant community agencies and supporting employment opportunities through our UniSA Career Services. 

UniSA’s Career Services team has developed a step-by-step program and collated a suite of resources, tools and templates, all accessible in one handy location.  To register your interest in the COVID-19 Job Search Support Program, please visit the dedicated webpage.

A number of community-based support services are also available to our students, including:   

  • The Department of Human Services – provides a list of support organisations closest to you. 
  • Uniting Communities – services are located across Adelaide and provide a range of support including food and chemist vouchers, assistance with bills and expenses. 
  • Baptist Care SA – Community Food Hub located at 216 Wright Street in the City – Bread, fruit and vegetables are free and all other items are heavily discounted. 
  • Salvation Army - may be able to provide emergency food assistance, make a phone appointment by calling (08) 8227 0199.
  • Affordable SA -  a website and phone app that allows you to search for information on local support services covering housing, transport, health, financial support, domestic violence, food and emergency relief. You can get more information on this service by calling 1800 025 539. 
  • Ask Izzy- a website that allows you to search for nearby services and supports for housing, food, domestic abuse, financial help, health and counselling. 

STUDENT HARDSHIP FUND (COVID 19)

We are also pleased to be able to continue offering financial support to our students from Monday 27 July 2020.  In the recovery phase, grants of up to $500 will be available to eligible students who complete an online application through which they will provide evidence of their individual circumstances.  This scheme will operated as a non-refundable grant for students and may be combined with other sources of support administered by UniSA, USASA or other organisations.

Applications will open on 27 July 2020 and remain open until further notice or until the Fund is expended.

Before you apply, please:

  • Read the FAQs; and
  • Have all supporting documentation ready to submit.

APPLY NOW

If you do not have enough food or are facing eviction please immediately contact studenthardship.covid19@unisa.edu.au.

 

For information about the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) click here

Frequently Asked Questions

UniSA Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)

Students may apply for a Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) Grant for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Increased financial costs due to technology, equipment or other added requirements for studying off-campus and/or online,
  • Loss of employment,
  • Reduced hours of employment,
  • Inability to pay rent/board/mortgage,
  • Inability to pay utility bills,
  • Additional transport and accommodation expenses, including accommodation, food and incidentals required for medically advised self-isolation,
  • Medical expenses incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic that can not be recovered through a personal health insurance policy.

The financial amount and impact of these sources of hardship will need to be set out clearly in the application, with supporting evidence, and will be considered in light of access to other sources of financial support e.g. Centrelink, other grants, community resources..

To be eligible for a Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) grant, students must be:

  • Currently enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a UniSA award program (including Foundation Studies) and have an active course enrolment in 2020 (sub-bachelor, undergraduate, postgraduate coursework, research candidate). Students studying outside Australia at a University of South Australia partner institution e.g. HKMA, NHG or HKBU are ineligible. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) or Non-CSP programs graduating with UniSA via Open Universities Australia, with at least 54 units of course enrolment at UniSA, are considered award programs.
  • Able to demonstrate an ability and intention to continue their studies, including:
    • enrolment in one or more courses in the second half of the 2020 academic year; and
  • Experiencing severe financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Study Exchange and Study Abroad students onshore in South Australia are eligible to apply to the Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19).
  • Le Cordon Bleu (Australia) students are not eligible to apply. Only students in UniSA programs are eligible. Students in the Master of International Hospitality Management are students of Le Cordon Bleu (Australia).

The Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) Grant will be awarded on the basis of:

  • A fully completed application including all supporting evidence,
  • Demonstrated severe financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic,
  • Evidence of no or limited access to other sources of financial support (e.g. Centrelink, other grants, community resources),
  • Evidence that a grant will address or mitigate hardship and its impact on study and living requirements.
  • To have your application considered please ensure you answer all questions within the online application form in full. Your responses will be used as part of the assessment process and the decision to award funds will be made according to your responses. There is no opportunity to appeal the decision.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide additional documentation.

The outcome of your application is final.

Students will be required to apply via the myScholarships tab in the student myUniSA portal and answer a number of eligibility questions. Once you have submitted the online eligibility questions, you will need to provide the following:

  • Bank statement(s) (required). The bank statement must include savings and transactional information for at least the month prior to your application.

Applicants may be required to attend an interview and/or provide additional documentation. This requirement will be at the discretion of the selection panel.

You need to provide this evidence to scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au after you have submitted your myScholarships application.

The University will ensure that all applications made to the Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) will be managed in accordance with the University of South Australia’s Privacy Policy and the Confidentiality of Students' Personal Information Policy. The privacy and confidentiality of student’s personal circumstances will be maintained at all times.

You should provide bank statements to cover the one month immediately prior to your application. You should be able to download your statements through online banking or have them provided to you by contacting your bank or credit union. You may provide a photo if you only have hard copy records.

Yes, if you have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and require support, then you can apply to the Student Hardship Fund.

  1. Your application will be reviewed to ensure all required information has been provided.
  2. If you have provided all the required information, your application will be assessed. If we need you to provide more information, we will email you to advise what is needed.
  3. Your application will be assessed against the criteria, and UniSA will notify you of the outcome. This will usually be within 10 business days of receiving the application (including all required documentation). 
  4. If support services, other than the Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) Grant, are more appropriate given your circumstances, you will be notified accordingly and referred to the alternate service.
  5. If your application for funds is successful, the grant will be issued to you.

Applications for the Grant will be initially be managed in order of application, and then prioritised according to the severity of financial hardship, so applicants who apply at the same time may receive an outcome notification at different times. We are aiming to provide outcomes to all applicants within 10 business days of submitting a completed application (a completed application includes the online application in myScholarships and submission of all required supporting documentation).

No. The fund is designed to provide critical financial relief to those students severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, an application for a reduction or waiver of fees will not be considered. Information about tuition fee assistance can be found here.

Once you have submitted your application through myScholarships you are not able to edit it. If you need to make a change please contact the Student Hardship Fund team via email at scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au

A completed application includes:

  • A completed online application via the myScholarships tab in the student myUniSA portal and;
  • Submission of required supporting documentation. Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an automated email with information about what supporting documentation you need to provide to scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au.

UniSA is committed to providing you with an outcome within 10 business days (this excludes weekends and public holidays). If you haven’t had a response yet, please check to ensure that:

  • All aspects of your application have been submitted (online application and required supporting documentation)
  • 10 business days have passed since you submitted your completed application (10 days excluding weekends and public holidays).

No. If you have already received a grant from the Student Hardship Fund you are not eligible to receive further funds. If you are continuing to experience significant financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic please contact the USASA Financial Counselling Service or one of our community partners (details about these community-based services can be found at the top of the UniSA Student Hardship (COVID-19) web page).

The outcome of all applications is final, however if your circumstances have changed significantly since your initial unsuccessful application then you are able to submit another application for consideration. Please ensure your application details how you are experiencing significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how this has changed since your first application.

International Student Support Package (COVID-19)

The South Australian Government has demonstrated its continuing commitment to our international student community by recently announcing a new $13.8 million International Student Support Package

This grant is to assist international students currently living and studying in South Australia who are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It is a one-off payment to assist students with living expenses.

If you are an international student living (and studying onshore) in South Australia, you can apply for funds up to $500 per student, providing you are:

  • currently studying at UniSA, or
  • a pathway student with a UniSA offer, currently completing studies at one of our partner education providers (listed below):
    • SAIBT
    • Eynesbury
    • CELUSA
    • TAFE SA

How to apply for the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) at UniSA

I am a current UniSA international student and have already applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)

If you have already completed an application for UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19), and you have had an outcome, or you are waiting for an outcome, there is no need to apply again. You do not need to take any action.

We will review your existing UniSA Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) application and provide you with a payment of $500 from the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) fund if you meet the requirements.

I am a current UniSA international student, have not already applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and wish to apply for just the $500 International Student Support Package (COVID-19)

If you have not already completed an application to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and wish to apply for just the International Student Support Package (COVID-19),  please note that applications are temporarily closed while we wait for approval for an extension to the International Student Support Package from the South Australian State Government. We will update this web page with further advice soon, please check back regularly.

APPLICATIONS TEMPORARILY CLOSED

 

I am a current UniSA international student, have not applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) but would like to apply for both funds

If you wish to be considered for both funds, you only need to submit one application. Please apply to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and you will be considered for this and the International Student Support Package (COVID-19)

I am a UniSA international pathway student

If you are a UniSA pathway student (currently studying at one of our partner education providers to gain entry into a degree program at UniSA) and would like to apply for a $500 International Student Support Package (COVID-19) grant, please contact your education provider and they will provide you with the application instructions. Our eligible partner education providers are:

Before you apply, please read the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) FAQs.

If you have any questions regarding the new International Student Support Package, please contact our team at studenthardship.covid19@unisa.edu.au.

International Student Support Package (COVID-19)

The International Student Support Package (COVID-19) has been set up by the South Australian Government to assist international students currently living and studying in South Australia who are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant is a one-off $500 payment designed to assist students with living expenses.

To be eligible for the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) grant, students must:

  • Be an international student living (and currently onshore) in South Australia and either:
    • Currently studying at UniSA; or
    • A pathway student with a UniSA offer, currently completing their studies at one of our partner education providers – these include:
      • SAIBT
      • Eynesbury
      • CELUSA
      • TAFE SA

International students who are currently living and studying onshore in South Australia may be awarded the $500 payment if they can demonstrate that they are facing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the application process, students will need to provide a bank statement showing the last three months in order to be issued the payment.  

The International Student Support Package (COVID-19) grant will be awarded on the basis of:

  • A completed application
  • Demonstrated hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

I am a current UniSA international student and have already applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)

If you have already completed an application for UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19), and you have had an outcome, or you are waiting for an outcome, there is no need to apply again. You do not need to take any action.

We will review your existing UniSA Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) application and provide you with a payment of $500 from the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) fund if you meet the requirements.

I am a current UniSA international student, have not already applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and wish to apply for just the $500 International Student Support Package (COVID-19)

If you have not already completed an application to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and wish to apply for just the International Student Support Package (COVID-19),  please APPLY NOW.

I am a current UniSA international student, have not applied to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) but would like to apply for both funds

If you wish to be considered for both funds, you only need to submit one application. Please apply to to UniSA’s Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19) and you will be considered for this and the International Student Support Package (COVID-19).

I am a UniSA international pathway student

If you are a UniSA pathway student (currently studying at one of our partner education providers to gain entry into a degree program at UniSA) and would like to apply for a $500 International Student Support Package (COVID-19) grant, please contact your education provider and they will provide you with the application instructions. Our eligible partner education providers are:

  • SAIBT
  • Eynesbury
  • CELUSA
  • TAFE SA
  1. Your application will be assessed.
  2. UniSA will notify you of the outcome. This will usually be within 10 business days of receiving the application. 
  3. If support services, other than the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) grant you have applied for, are more appropriate for your circumstances, you will be notified accordingly and referred to the alternate service.
  4. The grant will be issued to you.

Applications for this fund will be managed in order of completed application received (that is, completed applications that are submitted first will be assessed first). We are aiming to provide outcomes to all applicants within 10 business days of submitting a completed application.

The University will ensure that all applications made to the International Student Support Package (COVID-19) will be managed in accordance with the University of South Australia’s Privacy Policy and the Confidentiality of Students' Personal Information Policy. The privacy and confidentiality of student’s personal circumstances will be maintained at all times.

Yes, if you have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and require support, then you can apply to the International Student Support Package grant.

No. These funds are designed to provide financial relief to cover living costs for those students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, an application for a reduction or waiver of fees will not be considered. Information about tuition fee assistance for students currently studying at UniSA can be found here.

UniSA is committed to providing you with an outcome within 10 business days (this excludes weekends and public holidays). If you haven’t had a response yet, please check 10 business days have passed since you submitted your completed application (10 days excluding weekends and public holidays).