La Trobe University COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program

The La Trobe University COVID-19 Financial Assistance Program is available to all currently enrolled onshore students struggling with the costs of living and accessing technologies required to study online.

From the outset, the university has been committed to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff while minimising the disruption to your studies. The La Trobe University Financial Assistance Program is an important addition to the support we provide our most vulnerable students to assist your continued studying during these challenging times.

Whether you need a prepaid 4G dongle to access learning online from home or a laptop because getting to the Library is more difficult than usual, you have lost your job or you are struggling to access secure safe housing, this support package will aim to provide emergency support when you need it most.

ALL current La Trobe students are eligible to apply for the two bursaries we are providing for those in greatest need:

  1. Crisis Support Bursary one-off payment of $3,000 to support students suffering from significant financial crisis or housing insecurity.
  2. Technology Bursary designed to help you get essential equipment to enable you to continue your studies

Students are asked to complete an online application providing all relevant information. Support will be distributed to eligible students who plan to continue and complete their studies and who have been assessed as demonstrating greatest need.

The University will assess applications on a rolling basis to try and get support to you as soon as possible. You will need to provide some evidence through the online form and will be required to prepare a short statement outlining your circumstances. You must submit all required documentation. Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

We encourage you to submit an application should you need to help you continue your studies. At La Trobe, our priority is supporting your success as we continue to deliver our courses online and work our way through this global crisis.

See application page

Additional information

What is the assessment criteria?

We take into account a wide range of criteria when assessing applications. Your financial situation, any equity considerations and the progress on your University course are all taken into account.

Are WAM’s considered when applying?

Yes. Students with a WAM of below 40 will not be eligible. If you are a new student, this does not apply to you and you are eligible.

What are the differences for Onshore International students vs Domestic student applications?

Onshore International and Domestic students are both eligible for all the support payments.

What is the La Trobe Student Crisis Appeal?

The University has launched a $550,000 fundraising campaign to raise additional funds for these bursaries. We will continually reassess all unsuccessful applications against any new funds we receive. You do not need to resubmit your application.

Is there a timeline for how long the application assessment process takes and when students notified?

Applications are being assessed now, and we expect to inform successful students from 1 April 2020. As we receive further funds from the Crisis Appeal Fundraising Campaign we will award further bursaries. These students will be notified on a rolling basis.

Because of this rolling process, if you contact ASK La Trobe asking for an update on your application, they will not be able to provide you with an answer. We understand this is stressful, but we are trying to assess and distribute as many bursaries as we can as our funds increase.

If I'm successful, how long will it take to notified? When can I expect to receive the funds?

Successful students are being advised as soon as possible. We expect to inform these students from 1 April 2020, and will continue to do so on a rolling basis as we receive additional funds through the Crisis Appeal Fundraising Campaign.

Unsuccessful students will return to the applicant pool to be reassessed as further funds are received. Because of this rolling process, if you contact ASK La Trobe asking for an update on your application, they will not be able to provide you with an answer. We understand this is stressful, but we are trying to assess and distribute as many bursaries as we can as our funds increase.

Payments are being processed by our Finance Team out of their typical cycle to ensure students receive them as soon as possible. Make sure your bank details are up to date in StudentOnLine.

In addition to this option for financial assistance, you can continue to seek support from our existing support services now that they have moved online. This includes learning support such as:

If you have any questions in relation to the transition of subjects to online, please check the University’s COVID-19 Student FAQs. If you can’t find the answer you need in the FAQs please contact ASK La Trobe.