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CQUni arranges urgent financial relief for 468 students

Published:08 April 2020

The bursary recognises that, without financial assistance, students may not be able to purchase the technology required to successfully transition to online study.

CQUniversity has been able to provide urgent financial relief to hundreds of its Australian undergraduate students impacted by the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

A one-off cash bursary valued at $500 has gone to 415 Queensland students and dozens of others across Australia.

This CQUniCares COVID-19 Wellbeing and Technology Bursary is designed to support students from low socio-economic circumstances.

CQUniversity Director of Student Experience, Chris Veraa says that COVID-19 has been difficult for the whole community and our students are no exception.

“We know there are CQUniversity students who have lost income, due to their employer having to shut down temporarily, or who can’t access the internet from campus because they’re self-isolating,” Mr Veraa says.

“We’re hopeful that these bursaries can help to ease some of the pressure for our students in need, whether it’s buying groceries or subsidising the cost of a new laptop.”

The bursary recognises that, without financial assistance, students may not be able to purchase the technology required to successfully transition to online study and/or they may be experiencing sudden financial hardship due the closure of workplaces and schools.

This initiative aims to support students to subsidise the hiring or purchasing of a laptop, arrange internet access, or invest in other technology needs that are essential to online learning, and/or to pay for essential items like rent, groceries, transport costs and other essential living expenses, if they are experiencing income stress.

CQUni’s ‘Removing Financial Barriers to Student Success’ program has drawn on Commonwealth Higher Education Participation & Partnership Program (HEPPP) funding, which is provided to universities to increase aspiration, participation, retention and completion by domestic undergraduate university students from lower socio-economic status backgrounds.

CQUniversity Program Officer, Scholarships and Financial Assistance, Rachel Lamb says nearly 1400 CQUni students have joined the Blackbullion platform, with just over 1000 completions of its budgeting pathway.

Blackbullion is an interactive learning platform created to help students get to grips with all things money. It’s filled with videos, graphics, and quizzes covering financial subjects designed to empower them to make more informed financial decisions. It’s even device friendly!

One of the bursary recipients, South Australian Social Work student Sonya Murphy says the financial support will be of 'immense' support for her studies.

Ms Murphy says she has completed the budgeting and debt pathways of the Blackbullion platform, "which is very interesting and will help in the future to make more informed decisions when it comes to spending and saving".