COVID-19 support and assistance
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These grants are now closed for new applications. A new grant will open for applications in the first week of June.
If you have previously applied for one of these grants, and have been contacted by RMIT about providing more information, you can resubmit your application here.
Applications for Emergency Financial and Technology Grants may be unsuccessful, or the amount granted may be lower than an applicant requested, for a number of reasons, including – but not limited to:
- Lack of evidence of financial impact as a result of COVID-19
- Evidence of financial security based on bank statement/s
- Evidence of additional support from external party
- Evidence of suitable alternative technology
- The item/s requested are not covered by the grant (e.g. airfares, bicycles, mobile phones, car expenses, mortgage/home loan) or are already provided by RMIT, such as free software or apps available to RMIT students
- Multiple, duplicated applications
- Eligibility criteria not met
For the technology grant, funding has been provided for amounts up to and including $1,000 for a laptop, $100 for data, $200 for specialist software (examples only). NB: $1000 overall limit for technology grant.
For the emergency financial grant, funding has been provided for amounts up to and including $800 for rent, $200 for a food pack (examples only).
International students in Victoria who are facing financial hardship as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will soon be able to apply for the Victorian Government’s $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund. Eligible RMIT students must apply through RMIT.
How to apply
An application form will be available in the first week of June.
RMIT Emergency Food Relief
Students in serious financial hardship can seek emergency food grants from RMIT Student Support. Students will need to book a telephone appointment with a Student Support Advisor to discuss their financial circumstances. Students can receive monetary relief for food purchases.
RMIT Emergency Housing and Housing Establishment Fund
Short term emergency accommodation can be assessed in crisis situations. Please contact a Student Support Advisor to discuss eligibility. Students needing to move into new accommodation who require assistance with bond and start up rent may be eligible for the Housing Establishment Fund. Please speak to a Student Support Advisor to discuss eligibility and how to apply.
Government rent and housing assistance is also available (see below).
General RMIT support services
Find information about RMIT's full range of student support services.
Find information about health and wellbeing support options, advice and resources for students impacted by COVID-19.
Students seeking RMIT support services that do not relate to COVID-19 can book an online appointment with a Student Support Advisor for a more detailed discussion relating to their personal circumstances.
Government 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:
- 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
- Australian Government
- Victorian Government support for Victorian workers
- Victorian Government – for those in Victoria who are self-isolating and unable to access food and essential supplies
- Study Melbourne Student Centre support for international students
- City of Melbourne's dedicated International students page links to support, including free food vouchers and community events
- You can pause your myki pass if you're not using it
- Ask Izzy Community Services – connects you with emergency material aid including food, housing and crisis support in your postcode area
- Moneysmart provides general advice on making good financial decisions during COVID-19, including accessing superannuation, and contacting utility providers