Safety Net Grant Scheme

Need Financial Assistance? If you are having unexpected financial trouble, contact a TUU Student Advocate. Students who are suffering genuine financial hardship which is adversely affecting their ability to study may benefit from the Safety Net Grant Scheme.

What is the Safety Net Grant Scheme (SNGS)?

The SNGS offers financial assistance for all students enrolled in a degree or award program at the University of Tasmania.  The grant is a one-off payment, not a loan. The grant is not aimed at providing ongoing financial support or tuition fees. Only one application within the course of 12 months is allowed, except in exceptional circumstances.

How would it help me?

The grant is designed to provide emergency assistance to University of Tasmania students who experience unexpected financial difficulties which make it hard for them to continue concentrating on studying. You may apply for assistance with costs incurred in everyday basic living.  The grant also offers assistance with payment of study related costs such as text books etc.

Please note: There will be not payments made directly to the student. Not even reimbursements for costs that have already been taken care of by you. All accounts need to be outstanding.

Where does the money come from?

The Safety Net Grant Scheme is funded by Student Service and Amenity Fees (SSAF).

How does it work?

Click on the link below and download the SNGS application form.  Fill it in and email it to the secretary of the SNGS committee along with your supporting documents via

If there are any outstanding questions in relation to your application a TUU Student Advocate will contact you within 48 hours of receipt of your application to arrange a meeting to talk further.

Once your SNGS application is complete it will be presented by the TUU Student Advocate who assisted you with your SNGS application at the next SNGS assessment committee meeting.

What kind of documents do I have to show?

In order to be able to demonstrate your eligibility and exceptional circumstances, you will need to provide the SNGS assessment committee with:

  • SNGS application form
  • Statement regarding your personal circumstances and what happened to you that you find yourself in the situation you are in
  • Most recent 8 weeks of bank statement for all your bank accounts
  • Budget (income vs expenditure per fortnight see Part 2 of the SNGS application form)
  • Income (Centrelink statement, scholarship award letter, payslips etc.)

Those document are non-negotiable unless you find yourself in circumstances where you can’t get hold of those documents.

Depending on your circumstances and the items you want to have covered under the SNGS (Part 5 of the SNGS application form) you will need to provide the SNGS assessment committee with documents evidencing those costs, e. g. quotes for text books, lease agreement for rent, bills etc.

What are my chances?

Each application is assessed against the eligibility criteria and judged on its own merits. The approval of a grant and the value of it depends on the student’s circumstances, the type of assistance required and the availability of funds.

Who’s the SNGS assessment committee?

The SNGS assessment committee is made up of Student Representatives, TUU Student Advocates, University of Tasmania Student Services staff and University of Tasmania Financial Services staff. All members of the SNGS assessment committee have signed a confidentiality agreement and thus your information is treated with the strictest confidence.

When will I know if it's approved?

The Committee meets on a weekly basis, so you may have an answer to your application within a week of applying. Occasionally it may take longer, but the Committee is set up to look at your case as soon as possible.

Where can I get assistance with a SNGS application?

Phone or email a TUU Student Advocate

Hobart all campuses

Kate Davey, 03 6226 2855,

Helene Thomas, 03 6226 5573

Launceston, Cradle Coast and Sydney

Kerry Clough, 03 6324 3776,

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