COVID-19 support and assistance
Financial Hardship Assistance (including International Student Emergency Relief Fund)
If you are an RMIT student (domestic or international) experiencing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Financial Hardship Assistance to cover the cost of:
- Housing, short-term accommodation, bond and/or start up rent
- Study-related expenses (other than fees) in some circumstances
- Other living and essential expenses
How to apply
To access Financial Hardship Assistance, please book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor to discuss your financial circumstances.
Before applying for Financial Hardship Assistance from RMIT, please check if there are government or other support options available to you (see below).
International Student Emergency Relief Fund
In partnership with the Victorian Government, RMIT University continues to distribute the International Student Emergency Relief Fund through Financial Hardship Assistance. This means, if you are an international student facing financial hardship who wants to apply for the International Student Emergency Relief Fund, you must do so by booking an appointment with a Student Support Advisor via the link above.
For more information on the Victorian Government International Student Emergency Relief Fund, visit Study Melbourne.
RMIT can provide students with access to short-term accommodation in emergency or crisis situations. Please book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor to discuss your eligibility.
Discounted homestay accommodation for international students
RMIT's partner for homestay services, AHN, has launched the International Student Support Network (ISSN) for international students experiencing financial hardship during COVID-19. ISSN homestays offer a heavily discounted placement and include a private room, meals, utilities and support from one AHN’s committed host families.
Please book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor to discuss your eligibility and apply. More information is available on the AHN website.
Fresh and frozen meals
General RMIT support services
Students seeking RMIT financial support services that do not relate to COVID-19 can book an appointment with a Student Support Advisor for a more detailed discussion relating to their financial circumstances.
Find information about health and wellbeing support options, advice and resources for students impacted by COVID-19.
Find information about online study and coursework support.
Government financial support relating to COVID-19 is also available. Before applying for assistance from RMIT, check if there are Government financial support options available to you:
- Victorian Government Rent Relief Grant
- Victorian Government support for Victorian workers
- Victorian Government emergency relief packages – for those in Victoria who are self-isolating and unable to access food and essential supplies
- City of Melbourne's dedicated International students page links to support, including free food vouchers and community events
- Study Melbourne Student Centre support for international students
- Students may be able to get financial help from Centrelink. If you already get a Centrelink student payment, you may also be eligible for the Coronavirus Supplement.
- Australian Government support for individuals and households
- Australian Government information and services, including coronavirus supplement
- Australian Government students and trainees information, and one-off support payment
- Ask Izzy Community Services – connects you with emergency material aid including food, housing and crisis support in your postcode area
- Darebin Council (located near Bundoora Campus) is providing support to international students, including ready-made meals
- You can pause your myki pass if you're not using it
- Moneysmart provides general advice on making good financial decisions during COVID-19, including accessing superannuation, and contacting utility providers