Summary

The University of Tasmania and Tasmania University Union recognise the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many of our students.  To complement the Australian government initiatives for COVID-19 benefits for students who are eligible, the University and the TUU are offering a fast track process through our Safety Net Grant Scheme to enable students to apply for small grants to assist with costs associated with your learning which you may be experiencing as a current student in the current environment.

What is the Safety Net Grant Scheme

The Safety Net Grant Scheme (SNGS) is a University of Tasmania (UTAS) and Tasmania University Union (TUU) managed fund that provides assistance to eligible students experiencing exceptional and/or unexpected financial hardship. The grant is a one-off payment, not a loan.

The Fast Track Safety Net Grant is offered alongside the usual Safety Net application process and is utilised during publicly recongnised times of financial hardship impacting on the wider community. You can also access a financial counsellor through the TUU who can assist with debt management, budgeting and understanding government assistance packages you may be eligible for.

Eligibility for the Fast Track Safety Net Grant

If you meet the following criteria, you may apply for a Fast Track Safety Net Grant:

  • A University of Tasmania student who is currently enrolled in more than one unit;
  • A University of Tasmania student whose capacity for continued study may be compromised if the financial situation is not resolved
  • Able to demonstrate unexpected and /or exceptional financial hardship due to the COVID-19 response; and
  • Actively accessing any other financial support options

What can the Fast Track Safety Net Grant support?

The Fast Track Safety Net Grant Scheme will provide financial support to eligible applicants where the applicant is able to demonstrate a genuine financial need such that their capacity for continued study may be compromised.

The Fast Track Safety Net Grant Scheme will accept a maximum of one application per applicant in 2020. You may be referred to the standard Safety Net Scheme if more information is required to support your application.

The Fast Track Safety Net Grant can assist with:

  • Vouchers to assist with food and essential items
  • Support to access low cost laptops, computer hardware or other technology related resources to study online as recommended by the University’s IT Services
  • Support to access learning resources that are specific to the course content and assessment requirements
  • Support to access learning resources or equipment that are specific to the accessibility needs of the student

The Safety Scheme Grant Scheme will not fund payment of the following expenditure:

  • General fines including Library and parking fines;
  • Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
  • HECS or course fees;
  • University accommodation rental fees
  • Payments to credit card accounts
  • Loan payments

Fast Track Safety Net Grants will not be made as cash payments but generally utilise gift vouchers or reimbursement if provided with a tax receipt of payment.

How do I apply?

Application is via the link below

https://www.utas.edu.au/alerts/coronavirus-update/students/fast-track-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 usual Safety Net Grant Scheme.