If you’re struggling to make ends meet, consider seeking income support. Depending on your circumstances, you may qualify for any of the following financial support options.
Government Assistance for Domestic Students
The Australian Government provides several means-tested income support payments to university students. These are the main types of payments available:
Other Student Benefits
In addition to income support payments, Australian students also qualify for concession and health cards. These cards allow students to access essential services at a reduced cost. Each state and territory in Australia issues its own version of a student concession card, but they all essentially offer the same benefits, including:
You’ll need to provide your concession card as proof of your student status to receive these benefits.
Support for International Students
Only Australian citizens are eligible for most types of income support payments, but some financial assistance is still available to international students. Non-Australian citizens are typically required to pay their university fees upfront, unlike domestic students who can use HELP-HECS loans to cover the cost of their studies.
However, if an international student is unable to pay their fees by the deadline due to genuine financial hardship, they may be able to arrange a payment plan with their financial institution. Some Australian Government-funded scholarships are available to international students, although the availability of these scholarships will depend on the type of course you’re enrolled in. You may also be able to apply for a scholarship through your university.
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