Supporting students financially affected by COVID-19
While COVID-19 has changed many things, one area that remains unchanged at USC is our focus on our students and their wellbeing. At this time, many are doing it tough and for some the financial pressure is impacting their ability to meet basic needs, let alone continue with their studies. USC is grateful for staff, Alumni, local businesses and individuals who have been in a position to generously support students during this time. So far, 180 supporters have donated over $54,000. If you are able to help, there are more students who will require assistance in Semester 2.
Common challenges include:
Loss of income to pay for rent, food and bills
Increased expenses related to technology and internet to study from home
Increased personal safety issues at home
Inability to access government support related to COVID-19.
In Semester 1, the University received almost 2000 requests for assistance and the funds available were simply not sufficient to meet the need. COVID-19 has affected many businesses and individuals, but if you are doing OK and are able to help, please give what you can and USC will use your gift to provide eligible students with an emergency bursary of up to $1,000.
Donations are tax deductible and 100% of money raised will go directly to students.
Donations to the bursary can be made via a secure payment link.
For more information on the Student Emergency Appeal please contact Greg Bradley, Donor Programs Manager.
This is what USC students have said:
"Thank you so much for your help. I am very grateful. Before I got this money I wasn't sure if I could continue on. Someone from your team reached out to me. Thank you for understanding and doing something to help."
" To all who made this possible, thank you so incredibly much! It helps and means more than words can say."
"Thanks for this help. I am very thankful that you helped us in this situation, I will remember this always and I want to help others when I am finished."