Financial assistance

With so much time dedicated to attending classes and studying, it’s not uncommon for uni students to feel the pinch at the hip pocket.

If you are doing it tough financially – whether it be that you aren’t sure how you’ll afford your course or have the bills stacking up – there are a range of financial services to help keep you afloat.

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Financial wellbeing

If you are doing it tough financially - there are a range of financial services to help keep you afloat.

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Scholarships can help you with all kinds of costs including textbooks, fees, accommodation and living expenses. There are lots of identified scholarships offered that you may be eligible to apply for, you must be able to establish Aboriginal /or Torres Strait Islander status to be eligible for these.

There are also other scholarships that consider academic performance, as well as award scholarships for travel, sport and specific degrees.

Many scholarships offer the opportunity to meet with the donor providing further opportunities to undertake internships and vocational employment. If you need assistance applying for scholarships, the Student Advancement team can help guide you through workshops or one on one consultations.

COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund

These are challenging times. As we continue to feel the effects of COVID-19 worldwide, we are now seeing firsthand the impact on the lives of many in our own communities. We know that many of you are facing difficult circumstances due to COVID-19 and in response we have established the University of Newcastle COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund, focused on supporting a range of student emergency needs – from helping pay bills, to funding meals, to assisting with accommodation for those in great need.

There are two types of applications for Student Hardship Fund assistance.

Student Hardship Fund Voucher

A Student Hardship Fund Voucher provides immediate emergency assistance to those most in need through the provision of $100 supermarket e-vouchers that can be used for food. Apply at the link below for an e-voucher.

COVID-19 Student Hardship Fund Voucher Application

External support

  • If you need help to cover your living costs, check to see if you are eligible for assistance from Centrelink. If you are a domestic student studying full time, you may be eligible for:
    • Youth Allowance: for students aged 16-24 years.
    • Austudy: for students aged 25 years and over.
    • Abstudy: for students of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • The NSW Government is offering temporary crisis accommodation support for international students affected by COVID-19. Visit the Service NSW website for details.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.