Grants, Loans and Bursaries
Recent research by Universities Australia states that two-thirds of Australian university students are living below the poverty line (Universities Australia, 2020).
The University of Tasmania and the TUU recognise the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many students.
If you are experiencing financial hardship take a look at the support available to you below, but don’t forget to check out our other pages in the Support section of the site – there is a lot we can help you out with.
If you need assistance with applying for any of these initiatives, or just need to talk about your situation, please reach out to our Student Advocates.
The Helping Hand Scheme was established by #yourTUU State Council to help cover the immediate grocery costs of students experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.
We have given away more than $23,300 in Helping Hand support since April, and the scheme will be closing soon once the funding runs out.
If you have lost your job recently, if your family is going through hardship or if you are struggling to make ends meet, you’ll be able to receive $25 to go towards your groceries.
How do I apply?
If you are currently in a difficult situation, you’ll be able to fill out a short application form. From there we’ll work out a way to call you so that we can hear your story.
Once the Helping Hand committee has confirmed that you’ve been impacted by this pandemic, we’ll endeavour to have the $25 voucher to you within a few business days.
We know this may only help a little bit for many of you, but by telling us your story, we’ll also be able to direct you to other ways that you can get more financial relief – and help the university understand the plight of students at this time.