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Student Hardship Grant

Bond University Hardship Grant

Bond University has established the Student Hardship Grant to support students in individual circumstances during specific periods of unexpected financial hardship.

The grant is supported by donations from our generous alumni, community members, partners and Bond University.

The Hardship Grant is available to students who may be experiencing short-term, temporary and unexpected financial hardship to a maximum of $2000. Payment will be made as a one-off payment and is not intended to cover students for the duration of their studies.

You can apply at any time if you are experiencing short-term, temporary and unexpected hardship. 

All Bond University students enrolled in degrees, diplomas, diploma preparation and foundation programs at the University.

To be eligible you must:

  • be currently enrolled in a program of study at Bond University,
  • have an academic status of Good Standing,
  • have successfully completed at least 80 credit points of study at Bond University,
  • have no overdue fees, fines or penalties,
  • not be studying as an exchange, study abroad or cross institutional student.
  • rent or bond,
  • utility bills (water, electricity, gas),
  • medical expenses, you must provide a letter from a doctor or relevant health professional stating health and/or disability issues that have impacted you and at what time,
  • out of pocket medical expenses (specialist appointment, medicines, X-rays/scans, emergency dental),
  • crisis relocation due to domestic violence and/or unsafe living arrangements,
  • emergency relief (eg. illness or theft).
  • tuition fees or Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF),
  • university fines/penalties,
  • quarantine costs related to COVID-19,
  • student visa or other visa application costs,
  • Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC),
  • credit card and/or loan repayments,
  • parking and/or speeding fines,
  • holidays or non-essential spending.

Assessment can only be made if all the required documents are provided.  The following documents must be uploaded to be able to submit your application:

  • Personal Statement must:
    • outline your financial hardship and the circumstances which have had a negative impact on your current financial circumstances.
    • include information on whether you are in receipt of any scholarship, bursary, or financial aid loan scheme
  • Bank Statements:  All bank accounts and credit card statements for the past two months.  Please note only scanned copies or pdf files should be submitted. 
  • Proof of income:  at least 2 current payslips and/or current Centrelink Income Statements and/or proof of income of parent/s or caregiver/s if financially dependent and/or living at home.
  • Detailed list of living expenses: for example
    • evidence of rent/mortgage, bond
    • proof of utilities (eg, water, electricity, gas) 
    • transportation
  • Proof of financial need:
    • quote, invoice or bill for the payment you require financial assistance with.
  • Medical expenses: If you are applying for medical expenses, you must provide a letter from a doctor or relevant health professional stating health and/or disability issues that have impacted you and at what time.

If you are successful in obtaining a grant, approved funds will be paid into your nominated account. A payment form will be provided to successful applicants. Funds are non-transferrable and can only be paid to the applicant.

Recipients of the hardship grant must meet the following conditions in the semester of approval:

  • remain enrolled,
  • pass all subjects,
  • achieve a minimum GPA of 50%,
  • not be found guilty of any academic and/or behavioural misconduct.

Students who defer/withdraw, provide false information, fail a subject, fall below 50% GPA or are found guilty of disciplinary misconduct in the semester in which the grant was awarded, will be required to repay all grant monies they have received.

To apply, you need to submit an online application form.