RMIT support services

Financial Hardship Assistance 

If you are an RMIT student (domestic or international) experiencing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Student Hardship Assistance (up to $1000 in vouchers or cash grants) to cover the cost of:

  • Food
  • Travel
  • Other living and essential expenses

How to apply

To apply for Student Hardship Assistance, login to the RMIT Connect Portal Fees & Finance page, click Student Hardship Assistance and complete the form. 

If you do not see the link to the Student Hardship Assistance Form you may not be eligible for this assistance. Please book an appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor to discuss your options for support.

Before applying for Financial Hardship Assistance from RMIT, check if there are government or other support options available to you (see below).

Finance advice

Advice is available for personal finances, budgeting, Centrelink, eligibility for concessions including utilities, managing fine debt and more. Book an appointment with a Student Welfare Advisor to discuss your options.

Emergency accommodation

RMIT can provide students with access to short-term accommodation in emergency or crisis situations. Please book an appointment with a Student Welfare 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 Welfare Advisor to discuss your eligibility and apply. More information is available on the AHN website.

Fresh and frozen meals

RMIT Chaplaincy is providing free fresh and frozen meals to RMIT students. See Government support resources (below) for other emergency food and essential support.

General RMIT support services

Find information about RMIT's full range of student support services and financial support services.

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 and community support resources

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: