Student Emergency Bursary Appeal - FAQs - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Student Emergency Bursary Appeal - FAQs

Why do students need emergency support as a result of COVID-19?

Due to the restrictions implemented to stop the spread of COVID-19, many USC students, both domestic and international, have lost all sources of income. Common challenges include:

  • Inability 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.

To respond to the need, USC is providing eligible students with an emergency bursary of up to $1,000.

What support is USC providing to assist students impacted by COVID-19?

Although USC’s budget has been impacted by the pandemic, the University has redirected funds to provide Emergency Bursaries for students. The University has already received almost 2000 requests for assistance and the funds available are not sufficient to meet the need. This appeal will ensure more students receive the assistance they require at this time.

Non-financial student support services are also offered to students through USC Student Services and Engagement including: counselling, health and wellbeing services, study support, and employment assistance.

Is USC providing support to International Students?

Yes. Many international students have lost access to part time work that they rely upon to supplement their living costs while studying at USC. International students do not have access to Australian Government support. It is very difficult for them to return home due to border lockdowns and the exorbitant costs for travel during the pandemic.

When making your donation, you have an option to designate where funds will go with the following options: where most needed, domestic students, international students.

Are these donations tax deductible?

Yes, all donations over $2 are tax deductible in Australia. Donating online will provide you with a receipt for tax purposes. A receipt will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your donation.

Are there any administrative costs involved?

USC will manage all administration related to the program meaning that 100% of the money donated will go directly to students.

How does USC decide who receives a Student Emergency Bursary?

The selection process is managed by the USC Student Services and Engagement team. Applicants are required to complete an online application form and provide verifiable information in order for their application to be assessed. All applications are assessed by trained staff using an assessment matrix to categorise need from highest to lowest so that available funds can be directed where most needed. Incomplete applications or applicants who do not meet minimum need requirements will not receive the bursary.

How can I make a donation to assist students financially impacted by COVID-19?

Donations to the bursary can be made via this secure payment link.

Can I donate by bank deposit?  

Yes, this can be arranged, please contact Greg Bradley, Donor Programs Manager on 07 5456 5744 or

Still have questions?

For more information on the Student Emergency Appeal please contact Greg Bradley, Donor Programs Manager on 07 5456 5744 or