The ACU Student Urgent Relief Fund provides urgent aid to all ACU students, both domestic and international, who are suffering unexpected financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Examples of unexpected financial hardships considered include (but are not limited to) loss of employment or housing, and food insecurity.
This fund been made possible through a combination of ACU funding and philanthropic gifts from ACU staff, alumni and donors, and it is limited in nature. We will be unable to continue to award grants once the allocation is exhausted.
Please note: All funds for the Student Urgent Relief Fund have currently been allocated due to the number of applications received from students. We will reopen grant applications if further funding becomes available, and notify you through your student email.
If you are unable to access this grant, you may wish to apply for a loan:
- ACU offers short-term loans valued up to $450 to students who are in urgent need of financial assistance. These loans aim to provide temporary financial relief with essential living or study-related expenses so you can continue your studies. Learn more and apply online at our Student Loan Scheme page.
- International students experiencing severe financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 may seek a Hardship Loan valued at up to $4,000. Learn more and apply online at our International Student Hardship Loan page.
The Australian Government has also announced extra funding for eligible tertiary students. Learn more at Services Australia.
For eligible international students, some state governments have announced extra funding. Learn more in the 'What other financial support can I get' FAQ on the financial support for international students FAQ page.