Organization : University of Melbourne
Facility Name : Covid-19 Emergency Support Fund
Applicable For : Students affected by COVID-19
Applicable Country : Australia
Last Date : 30 September 2020
Website : https://students.unimelb.edu.au/student-support/coronavirus/financial-support/emergency-support
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University of Melbourne COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund
Emergency Support Fund to provide relief and support for students who are experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
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What is the Emergency Support Fund?
We acknowledge that you might be experiencing unexpected financial challenges in relation to your studies due to this rapidly evolving situation. In recognition of this hardship, the University has introduced a new needs-based COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund.
This new Emergency Support Fund is designed to provide assistance to students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.
The Emergency Support Fund has been created to
** Support students from disadvantaged financial backgrounds who do not have access to and are unable to afford the costs of a computer and/or high-speed internet to support technology-enabled learning and/or contribute towards costs of home study for students (eg desk and chair)
** Provide emergency financial assistance to students who, as a result of COVID-19, have lost or could not secure a source of income and can no longer pay for rent, food and similar necessities, where government support (other than the Victorian Government International Student Emergency Relief Fund) does not cover these costs
** Assist students who were on, or about to commence, an approved study overseas activity for Semester 1, 2020, who were required to abandon their overseas study plans as a result of COVID-19, and where travel insurance does not cover genuine, reasonable costs.
There are additional considerations for each of the support categories. If you are enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate coursework degree, you can apply for assistance under multiple categories. Graduate researchers may be eligible to apply for one or more categories.
** Category 1 – IT upgrade and study support
** Category 2 – Loss of income
** Category 3 – Cancelled overseas study
How To Apply?
To apply for Emergency Support Fund payments you will need to complete an application form which will require
** your personal details
** a statement on the hardship you are experiencing and the impact on your ability to study
** All evidence required for the category of support you are requesting as outlined within each category.
When To Apply?
You can apply any time until 30 September 2020.
We will endeavour to process your application within 7-10 working days. If this turnaround time increases due to demand, this page will be updated with the expected wait time.
Once your application is approved, payments will be made to your Australian bank account within two weeks. If you do not have an Australian bank account, we can wait until you have opened one or make other arrangements.
If you are unsure whether you are eligible to apply, please contact 13 MELB (13 6352) or +61 3 9035 5511 if you are calling from outside of Australia.