Flinders COVID-19 Student Support Package
We’re very aware of the significant challenges that many of you are grappling with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – including those of you who may be isolated from your families and missing their physical, financial and emotional support. Many of you have also lost the part-time work you rely on to make ends meet, and I am acutely aware that only some of you have access to the new government assistance to help you at this time. And throughout it all, no doubt you are doing everything possible to stay the course with your learning and adjust to the world of fully online education.
We know it’s not easy. To support you at this time we have developed a $12.5 million Flinders Student Support Package.
It offers a range of support for students, including cash payments, a new scholarship program and the waiver of some fees. The package includes:
- $1 million in emergency support payments, of up to $500, made available to students through FUSA;
- A new Matthew Flinders Scholarship program, with scholarships valued up to $2,000, to support the continuation of your studies; and
- The waiver of the Student Services and Amenities Fee for all students.
Our aim is to reduce your financial stress, so that you can continue to focus on your studies.
There are also additional supports available through our new Online Hub and Flinders Support Network to assist in every area of potential need, from study, to mental wellbeing and accommodation.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Professor Clare Pollock will shortly provide advice on how this support can be accessed.
Stay safe and well, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you’re facing challenges.
Professor Colin Stirling
President and Vice-Chancellor