You can apply for general bursaries if you are experiencing financial difficulty. A bursary is a type of scholarship awarded on the basis of financial need, intended to help cover essential living and study expenses, including technology required for remote study. Bursaries are one off-payments of up to $2,000 and you can apply more than once in 2020.
A bursary application is submitted through Sydney Student, where required supporting documents can be uploaded. After you’ve completed your application, go to our website to book an appointment to meet with a staff member to talk about your application.
Both domestic and international students can apply.
Domestic and international students may apply for interest free loans of up to $1,000 as financial assistance for personal matters, including payment of rent in private accommodation, purchase of food or technology, loss of casual work income. Loan will need to be repaid within 12 months or before graduation (whichever comes first).
These loans are not related to, or provided for payment of, student tuition fees, repayment of loans for tuition fees, or other student ancillary fee charges.
The Australian Government has introduced a number of new support options and amendments to existing payments to support those struggling due to the impacts of COVID-19. If you are unsure whether you’re eligible for financial support, use the Payment and Services Finder.
Study NSW has launched an International Student Welfare Services Hub, with links to many organisations and community services providing support and helpful information for international students. Services include food support, mental health and wellbeing, charities and more.
The International Student COVID-19 Crisis Accommodation Scheme is a NSW Government initiative funding up to 20 weeks’ of free accommodation for vulnerable international students in NSW during the current COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme is targeted at those international students in genuine hardship and will be delivered through approved student accommodation or homestay providers.
If you are enquiring about your eligibility for the Scheme and/or would like to request a letter of support from the University for your application, please register your details via the Eligibility and Letter Request Form. You will need to login using your University email to access the form. If you are eligible, the University will verify your information and email you a letter of support.
We recognise the challenges that travel restrictions caused for some students, who may have experienced:
What is the ‘fee rebate?’
The fee rebate is a reduction in the usual tuition fees charged that will be applied to eligible students impacted by the Australian government travel restrictions who were prevented from coming to Australia to study in semester 1.
The fee rebates were announced when the Government’s travel ban was only in place for mainland China, and at this time, the University was only able to offer a limited number of units on an online basis (some on a “full-semester” basis and some on a “part-semester” basis) to students unable to travel to Australia.
As a result of the travel restrictions, the University understood that these students had a very limited choice of “full-semester” online units compared to other students who could attend classes on campus, which may also have affected degree progression. The fee rebate was announced in recognition of this.
In addition to this limited set of “full-semester” units, the University also offered students who could not come to Australia access to a set of “part-semester” online units. These units were intended to only be delivered remotely until the 31 March Census date, with the hope that affected students would be allowed to travel to Australia by this date. This set of “part-semester” units included units offered under several postgraduate courses in the University of Sydney Business School. Further, The School opted to delay commencement of classes until 9 March in order to offer the majority of their units on an online basis. All students who enrolled in these part-semester units were not considered eligible for the rebates, as sufficient choices were provided so as to not have a significant impact on their progression. Where a student enrolled in both full-semester and part-semester units, only the full semester units are eligible for the rebate.
The rebates also take into account that students unable to come to Australia may have had a very different experience to their onshore cohort in the first few weeks of semester. Once the Australian Government closed its borders to all non-citizens and non-residents and the University went completely online from 23 March onwards, all students were transitioned into remote learning environment and had access to the same level of teaching and services.
All students eligible for the tuition fee rebate have now been contacted – eligibility was determined through enrolment, system access location and visa entry data.
If you have not been contacted, our information did not deem you eligible. If you believe you have sufficient evidence which demonstrates that you meet the eligibility criteria detailed in the below FAQ, you may contact email@example.com with supporting documentation such as a scan of the relevant pages of your passport and/or travel movement records issued by the Department of Home Affairs (Australia), boarding passes, travel itineraries, etc.
Please note that documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by a complete English translation made by an accredited translator with a government body). Please note that if the University’s records indicate that you do not meet the eligibility criteria due to enrolment and/or system access location, any evidence provided to support visa entry data will not be considered and you will be deemed ineligible for the tuition fee rebate.
Who is eligible for a fee rebate?
Who is eligible for a fee rebate?
You may be eligible for a rebate against your tuition fees for semester 1 if:
The rebate acknowledges the disruption caused by this limited choice, and by your experience during the first few weeks of semester 1, which was not equivalent to the experience of students in Sydney.
You are not eligible for the rebate if you were able to travel to Australia before the start of semester 1 classes
How can I apply for the fee rebate?
There is no application process.
All students who are deemed eligible will be contacted directly and will see the rebate applied against their usual semester 1 tuition fee.
You do not need to make an enquiry or contact the University to apply for a rebate.
How much is the rebate worth?
The rebate will be $1,500 for each 6 credit points (usually one unit of study) up to a maximum of $4,000 for enrolment in units of study totalling 24 credit points.
If I am eligible, when can I get my fee rebate?
The rebate will be applied to the tuition fee accounts of eligible students at the end of semester.
Students experiencing financial hardship may wish to consider applying for a general bursary or interest free loan if their access to technology is limited and having a negative impact on their ability to study remotely.
Please note all available devices have currently been allocated. Should further laptops become available, the link below will be re-opened for expressions of interest.
A limited number of laptops and desktops are available for loan from the University for those students who need them in order to study remotely. Students should register their interest in the University of Sydney Device Borrowing Service. Expressions of interest are assessed on a daily basis and students will be contacted by the University’s ICT Department in order to arrange pick up.
If you’re feeling anxious or distressed, you can talk with one of the University counsellors from Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Call +61 2 8627 8433 or +612 8627 8437 between 9am and 5pm (AEST) or complete the CAPS booking form to book a telecounselling appointment via phone or Zoom.
There are also a range of online resources available to students to support mental health, including:
If you’re in Australia, you can also contact the University of Sydney’s mental wellbeing support line 24/7 on 1300 474 065. Alternatively, within Australia these services deliver mental health support, too:
The Student Liaison Officers provide case management and support to students who have experienced incidents such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, domestic/family violence or bullying, harassment.
In partnership with the University’s preferred insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance, all international students who have purchased the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) policy with Allianz on or after 1stApril 2019, are eligible to access Sonder, a health and wellbeing app. This is an on-demand safety and wellbeing app that offers:
To activate, download the app and create a new account using the email address from your OSHC policy.
To help students remotely, our student support services are available online.
Contact us for advice, assistance, a consultation, or other support in relation to these areas:
We've also provided additional funding for our student representative groups' legal support to resolve student visa and tenancy issues as a result of the travel restrictions.
The University has established a peer support advising program for students who have questions about COVID-19 and impacts to their studies.
The team of peer support advisors are students who are trained in referring students to relevant information, University units and support services and can help students with a range of questions know where to go to find the right answers, in this time of distress and uncertainty. The peer support advisors can also help students remotely via Zoom sessions.
Students can contact our peer support advisors during the hours of 12noon-7pm (AEST).
Please complete this form and you will receive a response to your enquiry.
Studying while social distancing is a challenge, but it's important to stay connected and active in the student community. There are many ways to be a part of student life from home, including:
If you stayed in University accommodation but left your accommodation at any time, with the intention of returning at a later date, we will hold your room, it will not be leased to another student, and you will not be charged rent for the period of your absence. Please tell us when you leave your accommodation.
We recently wrote to students advising them to leave all student accommodation, due to Australian government directives and international government requests to their citizens to return to their home countries.
If you are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, we advise you to return home until the Australian government and health authorities provides further information. Please tell us when you leave your accommodation.
If you are an international student, we advise you to make travel arrangements to your home country while flights from Sydney are available. A number of international airlines have scheduled flights from Sydney over the next two weeks. Check information published in the media for information about flights to your destination.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you intend to leave, or that you have left, so that we can ensure you are not charged rent during your absence.
The University understands that it may not be possible for you to travel home, whether in Australia or internationally.
If you are staying with us, we will look after you. We have implemented social distancing measures following Australian government directives and New South Wales Health guidelines, and cleaning is occurring in all common areas throughout the day in our student accommodation.
Social distancing and online study can create a sense of disconnection and isolation beyond actual physical separation from your friends and peers. Please find detailed information, regularly updated, on our website for support, international students and visas and health management.
The student accommodation services team oversees more than 150 events every month across all campuses in student accommodation. The transition to E-Residential Life is in line with the Australian government’s social distancing directives, while maintaining community events and initiatives that are fun and interactive.
Contact us at email@example.com or talk with your Residential Assistant
We’ll be calling you or knocking on your door every day.
The student accommodation services team, the Campus Living Villages team in Queen Mary, the Regiment and Sydney University Village, and our trained student leaders, are all here to support you – don’t hesitate to contact any of us, reach out, ask questions, or, importantly, let us know if you’re not ok. We’ll look after you.
We have established a dedicated hotline to provide you with advice and support during this uncertain time. Note this hotline is available from 9am to 6pm on weekdays (local time AEDT).
Students can also submit a query via the Coronavirus Enquiry form.
You can call the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080.
An Australian government hotline has also been established to assist international students with questions or concerns relating to their study and novel coronavirus:
Last updated 27 August