RMIT’s Student Hardship Assistance and Equity Scholarship funds have been expanded to provide up to $10 million in support to students impacted by COVID-19.
Students impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for two types of financial assistance from RMIT:
- Emergency Financial Grant: to support students who are impacted by job loss, housing insecurity or other financial matters associated with COVID-19. This is for non-tech expenses, such as essential living expenses, textbooks, accommodation, healthcare, or food.
- Technology Grant: to help students access essential IT equipment to continue studying remotely, including hardware, software, subscriptions, data, internet and digital materials. The Technology Grant is limited to up to $1,000 per student.
Students impacted by COVID-19 are invited to complete our online application form, providing all mandatory and relevant information. Incomplete applications are unable to be assessed.
Note: RMIT provides a range of free software and apps to students, including the Office 365 suite. Students in selected courses can download the Adobe Creative Suite directly from the Adobe website. Before applying for a Technology Grant, please ensure the software you need isn't already available for free.
RMIT’s chaplaincy service, in partnership with the Parliament of Victoria and the community at St Peter’s Eastern Hill is distributing free, freshly made and frozen meals to RMIT students. No booking is required. One week's worth of meals can be collected from St Peter’s between 9:30am and 11:00am every day, including weekends, by simply showing your RMIT student ID.
Students with specific dietary requirements, can make special orders ahead of time by contacting the RMIT Chaplaincy Service (firstname.lastname@example.org or 9925 2317). There is a one-day turnaround time for special orders (e.g. if your order is confirmed on Monday, it will be ready for collection on Wednesday).
Other emergency food support is available from suppliers across Melbourne.
Fees, fines and repatriation
RMIT also put additional measures in place in support of students impacted by COVID-19, including – but not limited to:
- Extending the census date wherever possible, and extending the deadline to pay fees and drop classes without financial or academic penalty
- Waiving all existing Library fees and fines
- Refunding all pre-paid parking at Bundoora campus
- Reallocating Student Services Amenity Fees (SSAF) to areas that need it most, like one-on-one student services including counselling and welfare support.
- Supporting the repatriation of students overseas who require assistance to return home.
We are continuing to work closely with the RMIT University Student Union (RUSU) on the things that matter, because now more than ever, our remotely delivered services are critically important for our student community.
Students who have a disability, long-term illness or other condition that requires particular support are strongly encouraged to make an appointment with an Equitable Learning Support (ELS) Advisor (appointments are currently being conducted online or by phone).
Governments have also announced additional support that some students may be eligible for. For a summary of some of the support now available, visit the RMIT student website. For the latest and most up-to-date information, visit the Australian Government Treasury website.
Other emergency support is also available from a variety of suppliers and organisations across Melbourne.