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Student Support

Special Financial Assistance 

If you are experiencing severe or sudden financial hardship that may affect your ability to take up the offer of a place in your course of study or continue in your course of study, you may apply for special financial assistance up to a maximum amount of $1,000. 

Depending on your circumstances, the financial support may be available as:

  • a grant that does not need to be repaid; or
  • a personal loan with a schedule of repayments to be negotiated by AFTRS with you.

If a grant is made, it may need to be declared as income to the Australian Tax Office or to Centrelink as relevant.

The following criteria apply without exception:

  • You will not be provided with financial assistance for the purpose of paying rental bonds or rent.
  • You will not be provided with assistance for the repayment of debts or loans, or HECS or FEE-HELP.

All applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If you need special financial support, you need to complete the Financial Assistance Form.

You will need to make an appointment with a Student Engagement Manager to discuss your application. Support documents should be provided when you apply. All details of your financial situation are strictly confidential.

Applications will be approved or declined within 10 working days from receipt by the Student Centre.

Decisions will be made at AFTRS' discretion on the merits of each case and are dependent on the availability of funds. You will be advised in writing as to whether your application is approved. AFTRS' decision is final.