Onshore International Students COVID-19 Student Assistance Application


Once you submit the form correctly, you will receive an automatic email confirming your submission. This email will include some helpful links to support services.

Introduction

Western Sydney University is committed to supporting our students to ensure they can continue learning during the current pandemic.

Western Sydney University has allocated a fixed pool of funding to allow us to provide financial support to assist with basic living expenses for Onshore International students who are facing serious financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Onshore International students are eligible to apply for COVID-19 Student Assistance Support if they can show that their basic living needs and their continued study may be at risk due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

This financial support is primarily in the form of food and grocery support whereby eligible and approved students will receive vouchers that can be used at a major grocery chain. There is also a capped pool of funds available for a limited number of financial support payments for students experiencing extreme financial distress.

This financial support is not income support and will not be provided to pay for ongoing expenses. This is designed as temporary support only and should not be used to pay tuition costs.

Eligibility

To be eligible for COVID-19 Student Assistance Support, onshore International students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  • - be enrolled in at least two units at Western Sydney University, or studying a higher degree research program;
  • - have financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 situation;
  • - be currently living in Australia (evidence: a VEVO statement dated the day of application); and
  • - if necessary, be willing to attend a phone or Zoom appointment with a Western Sydney University advisor to discuss their application

This financial support is designed to assist with basic living expenses but mainly with food and other essential groceries.

Application Process

Onshore International students wishing to apply for financial support must complete this online COVID-19 Student Assistance Support Application form in full and attach scanned documentary evidence with their request.

Students should provide as much evidence as possible to support what is said in their application.

After review of the Application, an advisor from Western Sydney University may set up an appointment (Zoom or phone) with the student to discuss the application.

Western Sydney University will determine the amount of financial assistance (if any) to be provided. Applications will be assessed on a needs-basis at the time of application. The decision will be communicated to the student via their Western Sydney University student email account. The decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Western Sydney University aims to communicate the outcome of the financial support application within 10 WORKING DAYS.

Western Sydney University is not liable for the consequences or any loss or damage that may ensue if financial support is not able to be made within this timeframe or from errors during processing.

To be considered for financial assistance you must provide the following:

  • - Completed COVID-19 Student Assistance Application form (including a complete and accurate budget with information about your income and expenses)

AND

  • - Current bank transaction statement from 1 March 2020 to date of this application for ALL accounts belonging to the student and in the student's own name

Note:

  • - Students are responsible for providing accurate documentary evidence with their request for COVID-19  Student Assistance Support. Applications without the required supporting documentation will not be considered.
  • - STUDENTS SHOULD TAKE THEIR TIME PREPARING THEIR APPLICATION AND MAKE SURE AS MUCH DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE AS POSSIBLE IS PROVIDED AND THAT ALL ATTACHMENTS CAN BE OPENED.
  • - Applications in which statements made by the student are supported by evidence have the best chance of receiving financial support.

Application Form

* Student Name

* Student ID

* Phone

* Student Email Address

(you must enter your Western student email address i.e. @student.westernsydney.edu.au)

* Onshore International Student

* Visa Subclass (number)

Impact of COVID-19

* How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your PAID WORK?
(maximum 300 words)

* How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your HOUSING?
(maximum 300 words)

How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your HEALTH/PERSONAL LIFE?
(maximum 300 words)

* Living Arrangements: What are your current living arrangements?

Please choose one

If 'Other', please complete

Other Circumstances

Apart from the COVID-19 situation, is there anything else impacting on your studies or your financial situation (have children or partner, refugee, caring responsibilities, domestic violence, etc.)?

(maximum 300 words)

Extreme Financial Distress

If you believe you are experiencing extreme financial distress due to the COVID-19 situation, please provide details as to why you require access to the financial assistance support payments and what your needs are beyond basic food and grocery support.

(maximum 300 words)

Please complete the following information about your current income and expenditure every two weeks (if the amount is zero dollars, please put 0):

* Income

* Rent

* Food

* Mobile / Internet

* Electricity / Gas / Water

* Travel
(Opal Card, petrol)

* Loan Payments
(including credit cards, loans, Afterpay, Zip Pay, Store Cards)

* Childcare Costs

* Medical Expenses

* Insurance
(health, home, contents, car)

* Entertainment

* Other Living Expenses

Attachments

1. * Bank statements from 1 March 2020 to the date of application for all accounts in your name

(Uploaded file must be a PDF and no larger than 2 MB)

2. Work-related documentation e.g. payslips – please provide 3 most recent payslips, a letter from your employer saying there is no more work for you

(Uploaded file must be a PDF and no larger than 2 MB)

3. * VEVO statement (dated the same date as application - please click VEVO for visa holders (opens in a new window) to complete and download)

(Uploaded file must be a PDF and no larger than 2 MB)

4. Any other supporting documentation e.g. emails to and from a real estate agent showing that you have tried to have your rent reduced

(Uploaded file must be a PDF and no larger than 2 MB)

Declaration

* I have read and understood the International Student COVID-19 Student Assistance Support eligibility and application process

* I understand that any financial assistance provided to me is short-term only and is dependent on the availability of funds. Submitting an application or recommendation for financial assistance by Western Sydney University does not guarantee that financial assistance will be granted

* I acknowledge that information from my financial assistance support application may be shared with other staff including the outcome. I also give permission for my details to be used to process this application noting disclosure to the Finance Office to enable the processing of the application and any payments and/or recovery of amounts (all disclosure will comply with the University Privacy Policy and Disclosure of Student Personal Information Guidelines)

* I understand that any personal or health information shared will be treated as confidential and in a way which complies with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and/or the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 (NSW), as well as the Western Sydney University policies relating to privacy. I am aware that any information I provide and notes taken in relation to the financial support I receive through the Onshore International Students COVID-19 Student Assistance Support initiative will be stored in a secure case management system which may be accessed by the Assessment Team for this initiative and the Student Wellbeing Team (student support provided by Counselling, Disability and Welfare services)

* I understand that the University may disclose my personal or health information without my consent if:

  • - A court issues a subpoena
  • - There is reasonable belief that there is a serious and imminent threat to my life or the life of another person
  • - A law, or serious criminal activity, requires mandatory disclosure of information

* I have a right to make a formal complaint if I am dissatisfied with the way in which my personal or health information is collected, stored, used or disclosed

* I give permission for Western Sydney University to contact me in the future to seek feedback on the effectiveness and impact of any financial support provided