We’ve got a range of resources to help you manage your expenses and establish an income. Take a look at our step-by-step guide on preparing a budget and tips for avoiding and dealing with debt. You can find all these resources on our financial assistance website.
Financial help and support
If you’re struggling with your finances, you can get free financial counselling by calling the National Debt Hotline. In some circumstances, you might also be eligible to apply for a student loan or a student grant.
The Australian Red Cross has received Government funding to provide a small one-off emergency relief payment for temporary visa holders with urgent needs. If you’re an international student, you can check your eligibility on the Australian Red Cross website.
To help improve your financial literacy, enrol in the Salvation Army’s three-week online course Be the Boss.
Help with paying bills and rent
Monash Residential Services (MRS) Off Campus Advisory Service can help support students living in the private rental market by advocating for their accommodation needs, including helping students with applications for lease breaks, rent reductions and rental support. They can also help you set up your essential services (water, internet, electricity, etc.) and advocate for you if necessary.
If you’re experiencing financial hardship, you can talk to your service providers about what you're going through and request a payment plan for your electricity, gas or water bills. If they're not helping you, you can ask to speak to their hardship department.
The Government has introduced a ban on evictions for all tenants experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The ban will last for six months from 29 March. See Consumer Affairs Victoria’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) and your rights page.
You can find all the information you need on your course fees (including payment dates, payment methods and how to access your fee statement) on our fees and payment page. For the latest updates on course fees, see COVID-19 updates.
Our Career Connect advisers can help you plan your career, find work, opportunities and provide you with a range of resources to maximise your employment prospects. Just go to Career Connect’s website.
If you’re legally allowed to work in Australia, you might be able to apply for the Victorian Government’s Working for Victoria program.