Monday, 7th March, 2011
Local university students have another three weeks to apply for extra financial assistance to help them with their studies.
Country students can now apply for $3000 under the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund.
The Minister for Tertiary Education, Senator Chris Evans, said the $20 million fund would allow more students to get financial support as it was in addition to benefits already available.
"Regional and rural students commencing a bachelor degree in 2011 who would experience severe financial hardship in undertaking their degree will now be able to apply for a $3000 one-off grant," Senator Evans said.
"They will provide additional financial assistance to students from low socio-economic backgrounds, particularly rural and regional students."
About 1600 grants will be available during the first semester.
They will be awarded to applicants who are assessed as the most disadvantaged based on the criteria of financial hardship, socio-economic disadvantage and personal circumstances.
Students need to be under the age of 25 and normally living in a place other than a major city.
Applications for the Rural Tertiary Hardship Fund grants will close on March 22.