Flinders COVID-19 Student Support Package
We’re very aware of the significant challenges that many of our students are grappling with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – including those who may be isolated from their families and missing that physical, financial and emotional support. Many students may also have lost the part time work they rely on to make ends meet, and only some have access to the new government assistance to help at this time. And throughout it all, they are doing everything possible to stay the course with their learning and adjust to the world of fully online education.
We know it’s not easy. To support our students 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 for students, of up to $500, made available to students through FUSA;
- A new Matthew Flinders Scholarship program, with scholarships valued at up to $2,000, to support the continuation of their studies; and
- The waiver of the Student Services and Amenities Fee for all students.
Our aim is to reduce their financial stress, so that they can continue to focus on their studies.
There are also additional supports for students 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 to students on how this support can be accessed.
Stay safe and well and please remember to keep reaching out to students and supporting them through this time.
Professor Colin Stirling
President and Vice-Chancellor