Hardship Grants

The AUSA Welfare Hardship Grants scheme was set up to assist students in hardship with the basic necessities of life.

We do not pay for items like:

  • Parking tickets & fines
  • Arrears from Finance Companies
  • Bad Debt
  • Course Fees
  • Membership Fees (Gyms/ Clubs)
  • Domestic & International Flights

Your Hardship situation or the bills that you need to pay must be:

  • Short Term
  • Unexpected
  • Threaten your University Study


  • You have not already accessed the hardship fund within the last 12 Months (Calendar Year)
  • You must be employed or seeking employment

NB. We may still be able to help you if your situation falls outside the criteria or is an exceptional circumstance. If you are unsure please speak to one of the Advocates.

 The Process:

  • Gather all information that you need for the Hardship Application – missing information will delay our ability to assess your application
  • Your application will be assessed by the AUSA Welfare Committee, and you will generally be notified within 48 hours of the decision by email
  • If the grant is successful the nominated amount will be deposited into the bank account provided
  • The maximum amount able to be awarded is $200

Just download the application form or collect one from reception at AUSA House, complete the form with the appropriate evidence and return it to the AUSA reception.

Hardship Grants Form (PDF Format)