CQUniCares Emergency Grant

The CQUniCares Emergency Grant provides financial assistance to low-income students who experience unexpected financial hardship as a result of an emergency or unforeseen situation. The purpose of the grant is to support these students in continuing their studies.

Scholarship Value: Considered on a case-by-case basis

Length of Scholarship: Once off

Number Available: Limited number available

Opening Date: 01 January 2020

Closing Date: 01 December 2020

Study LevelVET; Undergraduate; Postgraduate (Course work); Postgraduate (Research)
Year of StudyFirst Year; 2nd year; 3rd year; Final/4th year
CitizenshipAustralian Citizen; Permanent Resident; Permanent Humanitarian Visa; New Zealand Citizen
Study RegionAll
Study ModeAll modes
Study LoadAll loads

To be eligible to receive the CQUniCares Emergency Grant, an applicant must:

  • be in genuine need of urgent financial assistance as a result of unforeseen circumstances or an emergency situation that has the potential to significantly impact study progress
  • be enrolled and actively studying in either a CQUniversity Certificate (I-IV); Enabling/Pathway; Undergraduate or Postgraduate program
  • have successfully completed at least one term of study at CQUniversity
  • not be a cross-institutional student (your home institution is not CQU)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident, or holder of a humanitarian visa with a permanent home address in Australia
  • have not previously received a CQUniCares Emergency Grant in the last twelve months
  • be able to demonstrate low personal/family income

*Applicants will need to substantiate requests for financial assistance with copies of bills, invoices or where applicable letter of support from relevant individuals.

Study related expenses that every student should anticipate are not normally grounds for an emergency grant. These include expenses such as fees, travel for residential schools and the purchase of computers or laptops.

**Unsuccessful scholarship applications are not grounds for an emergency grant.

Applicants will be assessed based on their completed application form, supporting documentation and personal statement demonstrating a genuine need for a CQUniCares Emergency Grant. Applicants should:

  • outline the emergency situation that has occurred, its urgency and how it could not have been anticipated
  • explain the negative impacts on the student's ability to continue with studies at CQUni
  • include other financial assistance options or support that they have been explored prior to making this application (family support, insurance claim, charity organisations, Centrelink assistance, loan or state/territory utility hardship grants)
  • indicate what the grant will be used for if the application is successsful

Payment of the Grant

Payment of the CQUniCares Emergency Grant will be made via electronic funds transfer to the bank account nominated by the student. Payment is usually made within two weeks of the successful outcome.

Terms and Conditions of the Grant

As there is a limited allocation of CQUniCares Emergency Grants, the decision regarding successful applications will be final. The Student Life and Wellbeing Centre reserves the right to the discretionary use of funds. Unsuccessful scholarship applications are not grounds for applying for an emergency grant.

CQUniversity may approach you to share your story in media and at events to show how the grant has assisted you. This helps positively promote the CQUniCares Emergency Grants across our networks to help more students continue their studies.

Applications must include proof of income all necessary supporting documents to confirm expenses and/or circumstances outlined in personal statement.

Students must read the scholarship guidelines to ensure they submit a complete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applicants will need to supply the following supporting documentation:

  • Personal statement addressing the selection criteria
    • Personal statement should also include any additional information that may assist with the assessment of your application – opportunity to explain your personal, financial, living or study situation relevant to the emergency
  • Quotes/invoice or bill/statements etc to confirm the urgency of assistance required and what the grant will be used to assist with
  • Written statement or letter of support from a University staff member who can confirm the applicant's circumstances
  • Evidence of income of applicant and
  • Income for their partner (if partnered)
  • Income for their parents (if under 22 and not deemed ‘independent’ by Centrelink)

Possible required documents for low income evidence:

  • Centrelink Income Statements (if applicable) –
  • for yourself
  • your partner if partnered or
  • parent/s if you are under 22 years of age

(How to obtain a Centrelink Income Statement)

  • 3 x current consecutive payslips (if applicable) –
  • for yourself and/or
  • your partner if partnered or
  • parent/s if you are under 22 years of age
  • Latest Notice of Assessment or most recent Tax Return (if you or your partner are in receipt of business or investment income)
  • 3 months of all personal or business bank account statements (if you or your partner are in receipt of business or investment income)

To apply for the CQUni Cares Emergency Grant:

  1. Read the Grant Guidelines to ensure your situation meets the eligibility criteria
  2. Complete a Grant Application Form and prepare your personal statement outlining your emergency unexpected situation
  3. Ensure all supporting documentation is completed and attached as outlined in the Grant Guidelines and Application Form.
  4. Email your application form and all supporting documentation to the Student Life and Wellbeing Centre at
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications as soon as possible after they have been assessed.
CQUniCares Emergency Grants are funded by our generous CQUniversity Staff, Alumni and community, though the CQUniCares Student Success Fund.