Financial support

This page provides information on the various services available to the ANU Community:

Last updated 26 October 2020

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We recognise that 2020 has been disruptive to you and your studies. If you're an ANU student who has been financially impacted by COVID-19, a range of financial supports, concessions and bursaries are available to you. 


ANUSA/PARSA Emergency Financial Assistance 

ANU is providing an additional $1.6 million of funding towards the emergency programs run by ANUSA and PARSA to support students who need emergency financial support this semester. This is in addition to the emergency grants already available.  

This support will be coordinated by our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student & University Experience) and the teams from ANUSA and PARSA

How do I apply for the grant?

Undergraduate students will be required to download and complete the form, attach required supporting documentation and sent it to the ANUSA Student Assistance Team at Visit the ANUSA website for more details.

Postgraduate students will be required to complete an online form at the PARSA website. Visit the PARSA websites for further details.

What do the emergency grants help pay for? 

The grants will be used to support you if you're experiencing financial stress. You can apply for a grant to cover:  

  • Accommodation 
  • Travel 
  • Grocery vouchers  
  • Textbook/educational IT resources to support remote study 
  • Medical costs  

Emergency financial assistance from ANUSA and PARSA will continue until funds have been used up.

Accommodation bursaries

There are accommodation bursaries specifically designed to assist full time ANU students in established in permanent accommodation who are experiencing unexpected financial hardship.  For more information about eligibility and application processes please refer to accommodation-bursaries.

The emergency accommodation bursaries are available all year round and are granted for up to a maximum of 24 weeks for post-graduate students and for up to a maximum of 20 weeks for undergraduate students.

Standard undergraduate and undergraduate accommodation bursaries are also available.  Applications are opened bi-annually.  The grants are up to 24 weeks per semester for post-graduate students and up to 20 weeks per semester for undergraduate students.



Hardship Scholarship  

The Hardship Scholarship was offered to new commencing students who were impacted by the Australian Government's mainland China travel restrictions, to cover the cost of the courses they were studying in Semester 1, 2020. If you have any questions about the Hardship Scholarship, please contact Student Central.  

Special Dispensation

Special Dispensation was offered to continuing students who were impacted by the Australian Government's mainland China travel restrictions. If a student failed a course taken Semester 1, 2020, they will be able to re-take this course a second time at no cost. 

ANU Travel Restrictions Relief Bursary

Applications for the bursary closed at 11.59pm AEST, 31 July 2020. 

This bursary allowed ANU students affected by the Australian Government's mainland China travel restrictions to apply for reimbursement of approved, proven expenses they incur as a result of the travel restrictions.



ANU Staff Relief Fund

Staff members who are experiencing significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 are able to apply for a grant of up to $2,500, through the ANU Staff Relief Fund.

The ANU Staff Relief Fund will provide financial assistance to staff, who require support above and beyond what the University is able to provide. The Fund was set up in response to the impact of COVID-19 on staff and will continue to assist staff into the future. This fund is complementary to existing staff support programs and is designed to assist staff who are experiencing hardship outside of work, such as loss to a second income due a spouse losing their job as a result of COVID-19.

The University goal is to support 100 staff members with ex-gratia payments of up to $2,500 each, with preference given to staff who demonstrate significant hardship.

Staff who require consideration for access to the fund are encouraged to complete the application form, and submit to for consideration.