Financial support - students affected by travel restrictions

5 March 2020

Dear students

We know that this year has been distressing for many of you and thank you for your patience and goodwill as we work through the challenges of the ongoing coronavirus travel ban. 
To assist you ANU will provide those students affected by the Australian Government's travel restrictions with one-off financial assistance worth up to $5000 - the ANU Travel Restrictions Relief Bursary.  

This bursary is to assist you with costs reasonably incurred due to the travel restrictions, including self-isolation, travel, accommodation and other related expenses.   

The bursary is open to ANU students impacted by the mainland China travel restrictions and who couldn't arrive at the University in time for the beginning of semester (24 February 2020) but are  still enrolled on 3 June 2020.  

We will assess each grant application on a case by case basis and will continue to show the same generosity and flexibility that we have applied to all students affected by the travel restrictions. 

We will email you shortly with more details about the bursary and how you can apply.  

In addition to this new bursary, we previously announced tuition fee concessions for commencing and continuing students who were unable to arrive at ANU by 24 February 2020. This includes hardship scholarships for commencing students and the option to re-take a failed course at no cost for continuing students. 

You also have until 3 June to withdraw from these courses without financial penalty. You can see more details about the scholarship on our FAQs page.  

For students with on-campus accommodation, you can continue your Occupancy Agreement until you are able to arrive at ANU, and you can use the bursary to help with costs incurred under the Occupancy Agreement.  If you wish to terminate your Occupancy Agreement, you can do so by providing four weeks' notice. You will not be liable to pay any fees beyond the termination date, but if you require on-campus accommodation in the future you will need to re-apply. 

To assist us in supporting you, we have built a form for you to complete that will help us understand your circumstances and travel movements. It is important you complete the form as soon as possible and update it whenever your circumstances change. This will ensure we can give you the best possible assistance. You can complete the form here:

We are thinking of you all and can't wait to welcome you back to our campus. We are one community. We are one ANU. And together we will help each other work through these exceptionally tough times and circumstances.


Professor Grady Venville 
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) 

*Sent Thursday 5 March 11.05am AEDT