Financial advice and assistance

Do you need some impartial, confidential assistance managing your affairs? There are a number of options for support here. Remember, if you are feeling overwhelmed, you don't have to go through it alone. Reach out for help, and consider talking to someone from one of the University's support services.

Support options


Care is a Canberra organisation that offers free financial counselling. They can assist with credit, debt, budgeting, gambling harm, consumer law issues, and even seeking a zero-interest loan for the purchase of essential goods and services. Call their Financial Counselling team (via the National Debt Helpline) on 1800 007 007, or see their website for more information.

Care also offers small, zero-interest loans for purchasing essential goods and services. or see here for more information.


Moneysmart is an Australian government initiative that provides information and resources aimed at supporting financial wellbeing. It contains detailed information on topics of interest for students, including bank accounts, saving, loans and credit, budgeting, and investing.

National Debt Helpline

Call the free National Debt Helpline on 1800 007 007 for free and confidential advice from professional financial counsellors. The line is open from 9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. 

If you are affected by debt, see the debt page for more information.

ANU Thrive

ANU Thrive can help talk through the options available to you and provide resources and information.

Financial support at ANU

If you find yourself in need of financial assistance, there are options available for you. Please also see the Financial support page for more.


ANUSA's Emergency Grant and PARSA's Emergency Grant are payments available for students facing unexpected financial burden.

Both ANUSA and PARSA offer other forms of financial assistance, too. Contact their student assistance teams for more information. This can include assistance for:

  • Unexpected medical costs
  • Purchasing groceries
  • Purchasing textbooks
  • Carers' costs
  • Graduation attire assistance


There are emergency accommodation bursaries available for undergraduate and postgraduate students. See the Bursaries and accommodation scholarships page for more information.

Please note: if you live at a residential hall or college, there may be internal bursaries available. Contact your residence's reception for more information.


There are a number of scholarship opportunities available at ANU. Check out the Scholarships page for more information.

COVID-19 international student grocery support

See the ANU Thrive page for more information.

  • As well as through ANUSA and PARSA, grocery assistance can be sought through the ANU Thrive team. ANU Thrive has partnered with Lions to deliver grocery voucher assistance to eligible international students.
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