Student Hardship Funds (COVID-19)

UniSA Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19)

The health and wellbeing of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic is one of our highest priorities in the University’s response to the disruptions caused by this global health crisis. We wish to support our students who might be significantly disadvantaged by the crisis and help them continue their studies and advance their careers.

UniSA has created the $10m Student Hardship Fund (COVID-19), which is open to all students (including international students) currently enrolled for onshore study at UniSA, who are in financial crisis and struggling with the costs of living and studying as a result of COVID-19.

Students are asked to complete an online application through which they will provide evidence of their individual circumstances. Financial support will be prioritised and allocated to those students with the greatest demonstrated need to ensure the safety and security of their living and study arrangements. This scheme will operate 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 2 April 2020 and remain open until further notice.

Before you apply, please:

  • Read the FAQs; and
  • Have all supporting documentation ready to submit. This may include bank statements, eviction notices, employer termination letter and academic transcripts.
    Read the FAQ "How Do I Apply" for more detail of what you need to provide.

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

 

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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 apply via the link below.

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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.

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 the first half of 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.
  • Able to demonstrate an ability and intention to continue their studies, including:
    • enrolment in one or more courses in Study Periods 1, 2 or 3 of the 2020 academic year; and
  • Experiencing severe financial hardship directly related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

No. 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.

A personal statement addressing the criteria is required in the application. Students are able to provide documentary evidence via email to support their application, including bank statements (required), transcripts (required for continuing students) or recent review of progress (for research candidates), and a personal statement of up to 1 page, written report or reference, tenancy arrangements, and other material that demonstrates that the grant criteria are met. 

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

The amount awarded to applicants and whether a schedule of payments is required will be at the discretion of the selection panel.

The panel’s decision will be final.

Applications will open on 2 April 2020 and remain open until further notice. The selection panel will meet regularly and assess eligible applications on a rolling basis.

Students will be required to apply via the myScholarships tab in the student myUniSA portal.

You will need to provide the following supporting information:

  • A personal statement of up to 1 page (required),
  • Bank statement(s) (required)
  • Evidence of academic progress
    • Transcripts (required for continuing students) or,
    • Recent review of progress (required for research candidates) or, 
    • Test or assessment results (required for commencing students),
  • A written reference, tenancy arrangements, and other material that demonstrates that the grant criteria are met.  

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

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.

A list of evidence is shown below. You need to provide this evidence to scholarships.prizes@unisa.edu.au after you have submitted your myScholarships application.

You need to provide one or more of the following supporting documents:

  • A personal statement of up to 1 page (required),
  • Bank statement(s) (required)
  • Copy of your Health Care Card or proof of concession
  • A written reference, tenancy arrangements, and other material that demonstrates your financial need and/or you being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Evidence of academic progress:

  • Transcripts (required for continuing students) or,
  • Recent review of progress (required for research candidates) or, 
  • Test or assessment results (required for commencing students),

We recommend you include as much supporting documentation as you can to demonstrate your financial need.

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

You should provide bank statements to cover the three months 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.

Please provide a copy of your Unofficial Academic Transcript (available in myUniSA). If you commenced studies in 2020 please provide test or assessment results.

Some evidence is mandatory/required, please see the FAQ outlining these requirements.

It is recommended you supply as much supporting documentation as is required to demonstrate that you meet the criteria, and establishing your financial need and the amount requested.

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

We recommend providing official notification of a reduction of hours or loss of job where possible (this may include a screen shot of correspondence between you and your employer). However, we do understand that this may not be possible, in which case we ask you to address this in your personal statement with reference to your bank statements that show changes to your income.

  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.

Once you have provided the required information you won’t be notified, but you can check to see that we have received your documentation by logging in to the myScholarships tab in myUniSA to view the status of your application.

  1. 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). 
  2. 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.
  3. 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).

In the case of students receiving a schedule of payments from the fund, evidence of continued eligibility (including enrolment and engagement with studies) will be required to continue receiving the payments under the grant. Recipients’ active engagement with their courses will be measured using the University’s learning analytics data where necessary.

The UniSA Student Hardship Fund Grant is available to help students overcome short term severe hardship. It may not be possible to fund the full amount some people have requested as this would limit our ability to help all students with demonstrated severe hardship.

You are unable to submit another application, as this is a once-off Grant, and recipients can only be provided this financial support once.

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 studenthardship.covid19@unisa.edu.au

Please contact the Access and Inclusion team if you require an access plan: please visit the web page for more information

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 be provided with information about how to submit your supporting documentation.

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).

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).