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Financial support

If you experience financial difficulties that impact on your studies, you may be able to apply for financial support. The University has a number of bursaries and interest-free loans to assist with essential study and living costs.


COVID-19 update: financial support available

We are committed to assisting students experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Our services are still available, with our staff working remotely and conducting interviews by phone.

If you want to apply for financial support, please follow these steps.

  • Review these pages to check eligibility and the types of support available.
  • Submit a general bursary application through Sydney Student, ensuring you submit supporting documents including a 30-day bank transaction history, along with any additional savings account statements. 
  • After submitting your application, you will need to arrange a time for a phone interview using the online booking form (log in with your UniKey and password). 

You can apply for support more than once during your studies to help in emergencies or financial difficulty. This support is not intended as a regular source of income or for payment of fees.

Financial support can be used for essential living and study expenses including:

  • textbooks, readers and journals
  • bond and rent payments
  • phone, electricity and gas bills
  • medical and dental bills
  • travel and accommodation costs for compulsory placements.

Bursaries and loans will not be provided for:

  • payment of HECS or tuition fees including Summer/Winter School fees
  • payment of compulsory subscriptions
  • purchase of cars
  • holidays
  • financial penalties such as traffic and library fines.

Types of support available

Interest free loans are available to help cover your living and study expenses, and will need to be repaid.

Bursaries are awarded to students on the basis of financial need, through trusts set up by private benefactors or the University. There are two types of bursaries available – general bursaries and advertised bursaries.

If you receive a bursary, you do not need to pay it back. However, we do encourage you to make a donation later (once you have graduated and found employment) to ensure future students also have access to this financial support.

Learn to manage your money

We have some useful information to help you manage your finances as a student and tips on resources that might help you cut your costs.

Financial Support Service

  • Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building, Darlington Campus
Opening hours

9am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 22 June 2020

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