COVID-19 Student Support Grant

At a glance
  • Session 1 Applications closed
  • Session 1 Applications closed at 09:00am 27 Jan 2021
  • The final Outcome Notice Date:
    1 Jan 2020
  • Session 1 Applications will open on 12 Jan 2021
  • Available to:
    Continuing Students
  • Value: up to $500
  • Duration: one off payment

We know this year has been tough. This grant aims to make catching up a little easier by providing financial assistance to help you attend internal intensive catch ups. You can also apply if travel restrictions prevented you from returning home after a placement or intensive school.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for the COVID-19 Student Support grant, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. be studying a degree as an active student
  2. if you are an up-front fee-paying student, the full payment of fees has been made
  3. enrolled as a domestic or on-shore international student
  4. you require support due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting your studies in the following ways:
    1. you need to attend an internal intensive catch up, or
    2. travel restrictions have prevented you from returning to your Australian home address after a placement or intensive school.

If you have received any other scholarship or grant for the same purpose, you may not be eligible to receive this grant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you have received any other scholarship or grant for the same purpose you may not be eligible for this grant.

Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?

Yes, you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the closing date. 

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

You will receive an email notification notifying you of the outcome.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made by EFT to your nominated bank account.

How do I register my bank details with Charles Sturt?

Register your bank details with Charles Sturt via online administration.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?

You must notify the Charles Sturt Scholarship Office immediately by emailing Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, Charles Sturt may reassess your eligibility.


  1. The Charles Sturt COVID-19 Student Support grant will provide financial assistance to help students who are attending internal intensive catch ups or who have been prevented from returning to their domestic home location after the completion of a placement or intensive school. The internal intensive catch ups must be confirmed by Charles Sturt University.
  2. The grant is valued up to $500.
  3. The grant is payable in cash (EFT) to the personal bank account that you have registered with Charles Sturt University. Payment will be processed within 7 days of offer acceptance.
  4. Internal intensive catch ups, Placement, Intensive school and home origin address will be used for assessment of this grant.
  5. International students studying online from their home country or International students studying via Charles Sturt University’s international partners in their home country are ineligible to apply for this grant.
  6. To be eligible for this grant, applicants must have met all of the eligibility criteria by the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Grants cannot be deferred.
  7. The University receives a high volume of applications for grants; meeting the eligibility criteria may not guarantee applicants a grant offer.
  8. The University reserves the right to recoup grant payments if your circumstances change and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.
  9. The Scholarships Office will be responsible for the assessment, allocation and administration of this grant.


  1. Active Student:  A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
  2. Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
  3. Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
  4. Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first year of study.
  5. Commonwealth Supported Place:  A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
  6. Commonwealth Supported Student:  A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
  7. Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
  8. Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent years of study.
  9. Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
    1. An Australian citizen
    2. A New Zealand citizen
    3. A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
    4. A student with an Australian permanent visa.
  10. Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
  11. Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
  12. Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
  13. Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
  14. Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
  15. Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
  16. Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University.  Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
  17. Internal Student:  An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student.  For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus).  If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
  18. Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
  19. Online Student:  A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
  20. Part-time:  A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
  21. Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
  22. Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
  23. Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia.  Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
  24. Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
  25. Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.

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