Student grants

The University has increased the value of its Student Compassionate and Hardship Package in relation to COVID-19. We’ve extended this from $15 million to $30 million. This includes the State Government's $1 million contribution.

From the applications we have processed to date, we’ll have exhausted the $30 million by Friday 5 June due to the high volume of applications.

Due to the high demand, applications closed at 5pm on 5 June.

If you’re in financial hardship and need support, you may be eligible to apply for one of our student grants. Unlike a loan, this type of financial assistance does not have to be paid back.

Victorian Government International Student Emergency Relief Fund (closed)

The Victorian Government has announced an International Student Emergency Relief Fund for international students facing financial hardship.

Monash welcomes the State Government's $1 million contribution to supplement funds for the Monash Compassionate and Hardship Package.

  • Students need to apply only once for the Compassionate and Hardship Package to be assessed for all available grant funding (including the International Student Emergency Relief Fund).
  • The International Student Emergency Relief Fund is not a separate grant.
  • Applications submitted before the announcement of the relief package have already been assessed, students do not need to reapply.
  • The existing grant cap for each Monash student remains at $7500. Applications closed on 5 June 2020.

For more information on the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, see Study Melbourne’s FAQs.

Student Compassionate and Hardship Package (closed)

The Student Compassionate and Hardship Package for vulnerable students affected by the COVID-19 situation is now closed.

Due to high demand, applications for the $7000 grant closed at 5pm on 5 June 2020.

We will continue to process applications received by this date. If you applied, Monash Connect will be in touch with you in the coming weeks.

The package offered:

  1. an emergency payment of up to $500 to support students in Australia who are in immediate need, with the essentials to continue study.
  2. a payment of up to $7000 for students in Australia who are experiencing financial hardship. Applications closed at 5pm on 5 June 2020.
  3. a payment of up to $5000 for students, who have incurred reasonable costs due to the original inbound travel bans in China, Iran and Australia. Applications closed on 25 May 2020.

Grant limits

The total amount available to any student was capped at $7500 from all hardship-related schemes offered by the University (including COVID-19 schemes).

Grant details


Emergency Grants Scheme

The Students Emergency Grants Scheme is for students experiencing financial hardship, which is affecting their ability to continue studying.

This grant is up to $500 and can help pay for essential living expenses, technology for study, course materials, or other expenses.

Emergency Grants Scheme has the full eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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