UON financial support

Where to Seek Help

Financial Assistance at the University of Newcastle

What can you apply for:

Higher education loan programme (HELP)

Domestic Students and International Students

Student loans are interest-free loans that are available on a short term basis to students who demonstrate genuine need and whose continued study might be placed in jeopardy without additional assistance.

Eligibility

Applications for loans will only be considered from students who:

  • Are currently enrolled
  • Have completed at least one semester of study
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Do not have any outstanding debts owed to The University of Newcastle
  • Demonstrate genuine financial hardship where continued study might be placed in jeopardy
  • Demonstrate their ability to meet the required loan repayments
  • Ensure that a loan will not put them in further financial difficulty.

Loans will not be issued for:

  • Expenses not directly associated with essential course-related endeavours
  • The purpose of income support where a student has failed to investigate part-time employment to support their studies
  • University fees or fines, including payment plans and tuition fees.

IMPORTANT: When students are unable to make loan repayments according to the agreed schedule there are important consequences that they need to be aware of. Consequences may include holds being placed on all student accounts and referrals to debt collection agencies for external review.

Maximum loan amount

Eligible students may borrow up to $2000 in an academic year.

Domestic Students Only

Student Placement Grants are available for those required to complete a practical component as part of their degree. These grants are provided to covers costs directly associated with placements. Students may be granted $300, $500 or $750. This may also include grocery and/or petrol vouchers.

Eligibility

  • Applications for Placement Grants will only be considered from students who:
  • Are currently enrolled
  • Have completed at least one semester of study
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Can demonstrate significant financial hardship as a result of completing placement.

IMPORTANT: Placement Grants will not be issued to cover loss of wages while students are on placement.

Domestic Students ONLY

Student Hardship Grants are available for students experiencing extreme financial hardship. Hardship Grants are provided to help with accommodation costs, basic living costs (including medical), text book and course material/equipment costs and transport costs.

Eligibility

Applications for Hardship Grants will only be considered from students who:

  • Are currently enrolled
  • Have completed at least one semester of study
  • Are in good academic standing
  • Demonstrate extreme financial hardship
  • Demonstrate the inability to make loan payments

NOTE: Additional assistance for domestic students may be considered in the form of a food, fuel or text book voucher to a maximum value of $200.

Student loans and grants