Financial support

If you're an ANU student who has been financially impacted by COVID-19, a range of financial support options are available to you.

Mental health, wellbeing and administrative support

We have a range of support services for our students, and these can be accessed remotely at no cost.

*NEW* Lions Club International Student Food Voucher

The Lions Club, with support from ANU Thrive, are offering $50 food vouchers for international students in financial hardship. Lions give time and energy to others in the community, and they wish to support international students in need. The food vouchers will be able to be spent at Coles/Woolworths to buy essential food items and hygiene products.  


  • To provide funds to international students who are struggling to afford essential items.  
  • To offer immediate assistance to international students who do not qualify for any other means of assistance. For example, international students who have already applied for ANUSA and PARSA financial support.  

Eligibility criteria:  

  • Currently enrolled international student at the Australian National University living in ACT  
  • Cannot afford costs of living, inclusive of groceries and personal hygiene items; and  
  • Can adequately demonstrate or explain the need of financial assistance. 

To apply please send a copy of the following details to with the subject "Food Voucher" 

  1. Enrolment confirmation (e.g. Letter of enrolment available on ISIS)  
  2. Proof of international student status (visa details)  
  3. Brief personal statement addressing the criteria above (max 200 words). Evidence of financial hardship is highly encouraged e.g., bank statement, work roster showing reduced hours.  
  4. Best email contact to receive e-voucher 

*NEW* The Red Cross International Student Relief Package

The Red Cross and ACT Government's International Student Relief Package has recently been extended into 2021. Eligible international students who can demonstrate financial hardship can apply to receive emergency funding. The amounts are $400 for a single person, $600 for a couple, and $800 for a family with children.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be residing in the ACT and able to demonstrate current enrolment as a student at the ANU, and;
  • Demonstrate 'genuine need' for financial support, having exhausted other options of financial relief (including the ANUSA and PARSA emergency grants).

Please note that to be eligible for the grant, you must be able to submit documentation proving identity, enrolment, and visa status; and demonstrating a need for the grant, including bank statements.

To apply, book a consultation with ANU Thrive through their webpage: You can also direct any questions regarding the grant to

    ANUSA Emergency Grant 

    These grants are designed to provide financial assistance to eligible enrolled students who are experiencing sudden or unexpected financial hardship that is adversely affecting their education. The main criteria for a grant are the demonstration of a genuine need and that continued study may be in jeopardy due to financial hardship. The maximum grant available is $750 per year.

    To be eligible, you must be enrolled as an ANU Undergraduate or ANU College student and be able to demonstrate financial need. An ANUSA Emergency Grant may be used to cover:

    • Unexpected medical bills
    • Accommodation (such as a bond)
    • Short-term living expenses (due to delayed income, etc.)
    • Emergency travel costs or travel costs related to medical issues.

    Find out more about ANUSA Emergency Grants.

    PARSA Emergency Grant 

    PARSA Emergency Grants are available to offer financial assistance to enrolled postgraduate students at the ANU who are facing genuine and unexpected financial hardship.

    Enrolled postgraduate students can qualify for up to $1500 per semester (at PARSA's discretion), depending on the severity of the situation and the potential benefits of assistance.

    Students are welcome to apply if they are unable to cover the following costs:

    • Costs of living (rent, food or utility costs) as a result of emergency situation;
    • Emergent medical expenses and ongoing treatment;
    • Unexpected costs as a result of COVID-19 and the travel restrictions (e.g., travel, self-quarantine, health check);
    • Costs as a result of natural disaster (bushfire, flood, draught, storm);
    • Student visa-related expenses (e.g., visa extension fee, urgent migration advice in relation to student visa);
    • Debts (e.g., accrued rental, utility costs);
    • Essential vehicle maintenance.

    Find out more  about PARSA Emergency Grants.

    Emergency accommodation bursaries

    If you are experiencing any financial difficulties in making payments, contact your Residence to discuss what options are available.

    If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can apply for an emergency accommodation bursary.