Support for low income and disadvantaged students

We acknowledge that many students may experience financial difficulties at some time. There are a range of services and supports that may assist you if you are experiencing financial hardship.

For information on special entry schemes and ways to get a place at University go to Pathways to La Trobe.

Student financial support

Visit Student Financial Support for information on student loans and other financial assistance.

COVID19 financial support

Visit out specific COVID19 financial support page.

Financial counselling

If you are experiencing financial difficulties, you may benefit from seeing a financial counsellor through the La Trobe Student Association.

Community and Government services

Community Services - Search for Community Services in your area through Infoxchange.

Bond Loan Scheme - The Department of Human Services has a Bond Loan Scheme you can use to pay your rental bond.

Housing Assistance – The Victorian Government Housing Website has information and resources that may assist you in finding housing or staying in your current home. This website also has information about applying for public housing or community housing.

Utility Relief Grant - if you are experiencing difficulties in paying your utility bills you may benefit from the Utility Relief Grant.

Concession Cards for Public Transport - you may be eligible for a Victorian Public Transport Concession Card. You will receive your public transport tertiary concession card application form in your La Trobe Student email within 24 hours of you meeting all of the eligibility criteria.

  • Check you are enrolled on a full time basis (at least 0.375 EFTSL per semester) via StudentOnLine. If you have submitted a variation to enrolment form you may not meet the public transport concession card eligibility criteria until this form is processed (i.e. the subject appears as enrolled on StudentOnLine)
  • Check your application for your student ID card has been approved. You will receive a photo approval email when your photo has been processed and your card is printed (this is different to the upload confirmation email you will receive - please visit Getting your student ID card). Your public transport concession card application form cannot be prepared until your student ID card is approved.

Health Care Cards - you may be eligible for a Health Care Card, even if you are not entitled to other Centrelink benefits. Health Care Cards may provide a range of benefits, including discounts on some utility bills.

Student Start-Up Loan - Student Start-Up Loans are available through Centrelink for full-time students who are studying an approved course and receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.

VLINE travel assistance for low SES students - if you are regional student and experiencing financial difficulties in getting student travel passes to get to and from University, Travellers Aid may able to assist you. For application and more details please read VLine Travel Assistance.