Grants, Loans and Bursaries

Recent research by Universities Australia states that two-thirds of Australian university students are living below the poverty line (Universities Australia, 2020).

The University of Tasmania and the TUSA recognise the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on many students.

If you are experiencing financial hardship take a look at the support available to you below, but don’t forget to check out our other pages in the Support section of the site – there is a lot we can help you out with.

If you need assistance with applying for any of these initiatives, or just need to talk about your situation, please reach out to our Student Advocates.

TUSA/UTAS Student Financial Assistance

In collaboration with UTAS, the TUSA offers financial aid to students doing it tough. Find out more about the current support and apply here. If you need help or just want support, reach out to our Student Advocates

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Helping Hand Scheme

The Helping Hand Scheme was established by #yourTUSA State Council to help cover the immediate grocery costs of students experiencing hardship due to COVID-19.

We have given away more than $23,300 in Helping Hand support since April 2020, and the scheme has now closed as the budget has been exhausted.

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Need Financial Assistance?

If you are having unexpected financial trouble, contact a TUSA Student Advocate. They can help you to access emergency funding, and other support services like Financial Counselling.

TUSA Postgrad Support Scheme

Your TUSA would like to support our postgraduate community and are offering a number of financial subsidies to make your lives a little bit easier. We have identified key areas that are important to students and where we can offer support. There are three schemes available and we can offer them to ALL postgraduates, who are currently enrolled, on a first come first serve basis.

The three schemes available are:

Fitness Subsidy

Health and Wellbeing are hugely important, and we want to support you in maintaining a healthy and balanced lifestyle. We are offering to subsidise up to $60 of any fitness related membership or activity.

Conference/Workshop Subsidy

Attending conferences and workshops are a key element of the postgraduate experience and your TUSA would like to assist in helping you attend important events most relevant to you. We are offering to subsidise up to a maximum of $120 per student.

Childcare Subsidy

This subsidy is for postgraduates with families and childcare commitments. If you are ineligible for the Government Child Care Subsidy and are struggling financially, we can assist by offering up to $200 per successful application to help cover the costs of childcare.

To avail of these subsidies, simply download and fill in the subsidy form (complete only section 1 and 2) and provide proof of payment (invoice/receipts/bank statement screenshots of expenses incurred in 2021) in the online application form linked below. You may avail of multiple subsidies (upload separate completed subsidy forms for each subsidy). You may be asked to provide proof of eligibility based on the information you have provided in the application.

If you have any questions, please contact your Student Education Postgraduate President at

Submit your application