All assistance described on this page requires an appointment with a Student Support Advisor

To make an appointment, fill in the form and select ‘Student Support’ as the service. A list of available times will appear when the form is complete.

Please note, phone appointments will replace all face-to-face appointments until further notice. 

Student Hardship Assistance

If you are experiencing unexpected financial difficulty, which is affecting your ability to study, you may be eligible for the RMIT Student Hardship Assistance.

Hardship assistance can be used for urgent, short-term needs. This funding is provided only where you can demonstrate that one-off assistance will support your studies and that your current financial circumstances are not typical.

This service is supported by your Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Food delivery services and emergency accommodation

Student Support have limited emergency assistance and all forms of emergency assistance are dependent on eligibility.

To receive emergency housing, you need to have a discussion with a Student Support Advisor to investigate other options as it is only approved after a crisis assessment process. Please note that the emergency housing is provided for one night or maximum three nights over the weekend.

Work Development Permit (WDP)

The WDP Scheme is a Victorian state government initiative that allows an eligible person to work off fine debt by engaging in approved activities; these fines could include public transport, parking, and traffic infringements. Students may be able to apply for a WDP subject to meeting the eligibility criteria. 

For more detailed information, visit the Department of Justice and Community Safety website. 


Financial Counselling Clinic

The Financial Counselling Clinic will build your knowledge to regain control over your finances.

Housing Establishment Fund

If you are experiencing unexpected financial hardship and you are establishing yourself in new accommodation, you may be eligible for the Housing Establishment Fund. The Housing Establishment Fund provides one-off financial assistance for start-up housing costs - rental bond and first month’s rent.

Discuss accessing the fund in an appointment with a Student Support Advisor.

*Conditions apply