CSU Emergency Equity Grant

CSU Emergency Equity Grant

  • Applications open
  • Available to:
    Commencing Students; Continuing Students
  • Value: up to $500
  • Duration: one off payment

CSU recognises that unforeseen adverse or emergency events can occur for students. To assist students who suffer such events, CSU offers the Emergency Equity Grant (EEG)

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for this Grant in 2017 a student must be:

  1. an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (including the holder of an Australian Humanitarian Visa);
  2. Studying an undergraduate degree as an active student;
  3. enrolled in a CSU course as a Commonwealth supported student;
  4. enrolled as a full-time or part-time student;
  5. a commencing or continuing student;
  6. enrolled as an internal or online student;
  7. of low socio-economic status:
    • in receipt of an eligible means tested Centrelink Benefit (refer Appendix A) or 
    • must be able to demonstrate financial hardship
  8. able to demonstrate that they have suffered a recent (within the last 30 calendar days), personal adverse event that has impacted current studies and requires emergency financial assistance;
  9. ineligible for financial assistance from state or federal governments, or from other relevant associations, for the adverse event; 

Full fee paying students are not eligible. 

What constitutes an emergency?

Events must be unforeseen and beyond the control of the student as well as directly impacting the student's studies. The event must be supported by documentation e.g. police report, health professional report, death certificate etc.

Examples of emergencies may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Accidents;
  2. Fire or flood damage;
  3. Bush fires;
  4. Natural disasters;
  5. Theft; or
  6. Unexpected serious health problems with self or death in the immediate family.

What does not constitute an emergency?

Examples of events that are not considered an emergency within the context of this grant include, but are not limited to:

  1. Laptop or computer crashes outside of warranty period requiring replacement;
  2. Unforeseen living expenses such as bills, car registration, insurance etc all coming in at the same time;
  3. Relationship breakdown resulting in unforeseen financial expenses;
  4. Medical expenses associated with optional surgery resulting in difficulty managing personal finances.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I'm of low socio-economic status?

Please refer to the Appendix A in the guidelines for a list of the eligible means tested Centrelink Benefits.

If you do not receive a means-tested Commonwealth income support payment, a comprehensive assessment will be conducted by or on behalf of CSU to determine whether you are of low socio-economic status

What constitutes an emergency?

Events must be unforeseen and beyond the control of the student. The event must be supported by documentation e.g. police report, health professional report etc. Events may include:

  • Accidents
  • Fire or flood damage
  • Bush fires
  • Natural disasters
  • Theft
  • Unexpected health problems with self or family member, or death in the immediate family

Can I save my application and finish it at a later date?

Yes you can, as long as you log back in and submit your application before the close date..

What happens if I am successful?

The payment of the Grant will be made via electronic fund transfer to your nominated Bank account. Register your bank details with CSU, you will need to log into the Online Administration to enter or change your bank details.

What if my circumstances have changed from what I submitted on my application?

You must notify the CSU Scholarship Office immediately by email scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au,


The CSU Emergency Equity Grant is a cash grant and is designed for those who are affected by individual disasters outside their personal control and excluding widespread ongoing disasters that affect large numbers of people and so are covered by Centrelink benefits (see Centrelink listing of Active and Closed Emergency Events).

Download the 2017 CSU Emergency Equity Grant Guidelines [PDF]

How to Apply


You should use the Scholarship Search within student.csu.edu.au to ensure you find all of the scholarships you are eligible for.

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Please note: Foundation, CSU Global and Research scholarship applications will not be listed here. They use a separate application system.

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