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Financial support for international students


If you’re experiencing financial hardship because of Covid-19, financial help and free food services are available to you. Your institution can provide counselling support and may have financial support, it’s worthwhile to check the support available. Read on to know how to receive the financial assistance and access free food services that you need.

The IDP Emergency Financial Assistance voucher is for IDP students experiencing financial hardship and serves to help with basic needs. For eligible students, Supermarket gift-cards are available up to the value of $200. Complete the form and apply today.

Food bank & Study NSW

Study NSW and Food Bank are offering food hampers at a variety of locations including Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Armidale, Lismore, Port Macquarie, and Coffs Harbour. Order your hamper by calling Food Bank on (02) 9756 3099 or completing an online form.

Other food organisations are also providing support like OzHarvest, The Staples Bag, Addi Road Food Pantry, Lou’s Place and more! – Contact them today for assistance.

Food bank & Study Melbourne

Food bank have launched a pop up grocery store for international students in Melbourne CBD. The range of food is diverse and impressive. Pop store location is at Aurora Melbourne Central, 230 LaTrobe Street, Melbourne. The store is open 10am – 2pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

Australia-wide COVID-19 Disaster Payment

If you are financially affected by a lockdown, you could be eligible for a COVID-19 Disaster payment. Apply today with Services Australia

Victoria COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment

If you have had to self-isolate whilst waiting for a COVID-19 test result, you can apply for a $450 COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment, to cover lost income whilst self isolating.


Short term accommodation options for up to 20 weeks of accommodation are available to international students in NSW. The type of accommodation is the homestay option. Learn more about this option.

Ask Izzy

If you need support, Ask Izzy can help you. They make it easy to find the services you need. It’s a free service and you can search over 360,000 services to find housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, and more. Bonus - if you’re on the Telstra mobile network, you can access Ask Izzy even if you don’t have credit.


Deakin University

Deakin is offering interest free student loans for those in financial need, for study related expenses. Apply with Deakin today

Federation University

Federation University will provide special financial assistance for eligible international higher education students impacted by coronavirus. Assistance for eligible students includes:

Food or petrol up to $200 worth of vouchers

Struggling to pay bills? Assistance of up to $500 towards bills

FedUni have a Facebook group, where you can ask questions, talk to other students if you are missing campus life

International Student Support service remains open, call on (03) 5327 9446

La Trobe University

Whether you’re studying at Bundoora, Wodonga, and Mildura with LaTrobe, food support is available through Two Birds, One Scone, set up by a LaTrobe student. Enquire today.

Monash University

International students affected by Covid and experiencing financial hardship can apply for an Emergency Grant of up to $500.

Funds can be used towards accommodation, food, or technology. Apply with Monash University today.

RMIT University

If you’re a student with RMIT and are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for Student Hardship Assistance, up to $1,000 in vouchers to cover food, travel, and other living expenses. Apply with RMIT today.

Free meals are provided to students by RMIT’s Chaplaincy service, a week worth of free meals can be picked up from a location in East Melbourne, Monday -Friday, 9.30-11am. Learn more today.

In emergency situations, short-term accommodation is available. Book an appointment with a welfare advisor today.

The University of Melbourne

Short or long term loans are available to assist in cash flow problems for students experiencing financial hardship

Short term loans (up to $1,000) or long term loans (up to $5,000). Learn about loans available

One-off financial hardship grants are available to students in significant financial need to pay for food, rent and bills. To apply, book a Financial Aid appointment today.

Working for Victoria

An initiative designed to connect workers with new work opportunities. If you have Australian working rights, you’re invited to register your details on the Working for Victoria site to access job opportunities in your local area.

The International Student Legal Information

A free legal information resource is available for international students living in Victoria. Written by community lawyers with the help of international students living in Victoria, this resource helps you learn about the people and services that can help you.


The University of Sydney

The University of Sydney offers financial support and has several bursaries and interest-free loans to assist with essential study and living costs.

Charles Sturt University

For students experiencing financial hardship, Charles Sturt University are offering the COVID-19 Student Support Grant. To be eligible, you will be a current international student. 

Macquarie University

Food and support vouchers up to $250 are available as emergency support for students. Apply today. Loans of up to $2,000 are available and there are payment plans for students who can’t pay their fees up front. Learn more today.

Western Sydney University

International students are eligible to apply for COVID-19 Financial Hardship Support if you can show that your basic living needs and their continued study may be at risk due to financial hardship. This financial support is designed to assist with food. 

University of New England

A once-off payment is available for UNE students experiencing financial hardship impacting their ability to continue their academic studies (course program or research) at the University.

Examples of what may be funded through the Student Emergency Assistance Fund - COVID19 include: Assistance with the costs of food and household essentials if your income has been affected because of COVID-19

University of Wollongong

UOW is offering Tuition fee instalment plan for students experiencing difficulties in paying their fees. Learn more today.

University of Newcastle

The University has established a Student Hardship Fund to support students facing hardship through $500 hardship grants and $750 laptop grants.

International Student Legal Service NSW

If you need legal support, Redfern Legal Centre offers a free, state-wide legal service for international students in NSW. This is funded by Study NSW.


Griffith University

If you're experiencing extreme financial hardship, you can apply for a once-off financial payment to cover study-related expenses. Check if you're eligible, provide supporting documents and apply with Griffith University.

University of Queensland

If you're experiencing significant financial problems, you can apply for an emergency hardship once off grant. Check if you are eligible and apply. Funds can be used for rent, medical; study expenses, emergency relief etc.

Queensland University of Technology

Emergency Student Fund is available to students in serious financial need. Learn more or call QUT on +61 7 3138 2147

Study Queensland

Queensland offers a range of resources including the Queensland student hub network, an international student hotline and student support staff dedicated to supporting and encouraging students.

Job finder

Queenslanders whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 and are now looking for work, can register their details, location, and skills to be matched with suitable job opportunities by professional recruitment agencies. Register now.

Fee waivers

School fee waivers are available for dependant students of temporary visa holders that are enrolled in the Dependant Student Program and are experiencing financial hardship due to exceptional circumstances

Queenslanders whose employment has been impacted by COVID-19 and are now looking for work, can register their details, location, and skills to be matched with suitable job opportunities by professional recruitment agencies. Register now.


The University of Western Australia

A COVID-19 Financial Hardship Grant is available to provide immediate support to eligible onshore students who continue their studies with UWA and who are assessed as demonstrating significant financial hardship. Tuition fee payment extensions are available for international students in need.

Edith Cowan University

ECU can offer students interest free loans to help you with your study costs. Loans can be used for accommodation, personal emergencies, university costs or text books. Learn more about loans with ECU.


The University of Adelaide

In partnership with the Adelaide University Union and student representatives, the university has designed a targeted Student Support Package to meet their students' needs. There are three key aspects of the Student Support Package, academic support, wellbeing plan and emergency financial support. Apply today for assistance or call on +61 8 8313 5208.

Flinders University

The university is offering emergency support payments, of up to $500, made available to students through FUSA.

Study Adelaide

Need a job? Study Adelaide has compiled a list of employers that are still hiring. View the list of employment opportunities in Adelaide or enhance your employability skills and knowledge of the Australian job market by joining one of the many employability webinars they have scheduled.


The University of Canberra

The University requests international students who are significantly impacted by the current situation to contact them by sending an email to These cases will be handled individually, according to the needs of each student.

Australian National University

If you’re a current ANU student and have been financially impacted by Covid-19, you may be eligible for grants. ANU’s emergency grants include the ANUSA and PARSA grant and they can support you if you're experiencing financial stress. The emergency grants cover: accommodation travel grocery vouchers textbook/educational IT resources to support remote study medical costs.


Charles Darwin University

CDU offers the following support to students experiencing financial hardship as a direct result of COVID-19: Emergency Student Appeal - to ease the burden on students experiencing extreme financial hardship due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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