Student Emergency Fund

Our students need your support to ensure they can continue their studies and secure their future.

Unexpected events that cause significant financial difficulty, such as personal hardship (e.g. illness or injury), major life event (e.g. death of a loved one or loss of employment), natural disaster (e.g. drought, flood or bushfire) or a global crisis (e.g. pandemic or financial collapse) are experienced by many of our students. 

Each year, the University and the Adelaide University Union receive countless enquiries and applications for financial aid from students, who do not know how they are going to continue to study during times of crisis. 

Support students in crisis

With so many students experiencing financial stress each year, we need the help of our community today.

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Two students who have shown great strength and resilience in the face of adversity are Jake* and Brittany. They experienced homelessness and domestic violence but with the help of emergency grants, which provided financial and food assistance during their time of need, they are now thriving in their studies.

Jake's story

When Jake* was 17, he found himself homeless because of domestic violence. He struggled through his first year of university, concentrating on how to survive, not how to learn. 


Brittany's story

With a deep understanding and empathy for people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, Brittany wants to help as many people as she can through being a clinical psychologist.


To ensure our students are supported during challenging times, the University has established a new Student Emergency Fund.

Our program of hardship grants will ensure our students are safely housed, fed and well-equipped.

Your gift, no matter how big or small, will be delivered to our students in need, helping them to continue their studies knowing they are supported to achieve their best, in every way.

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The Student Emergency Fund provides students with the opportunity to apply for assistance to cover their critical needs (e.g. rent, food, medications, textbooks) during their time of hardship. 

If you are able to make a gift, your generosity, no matter how big or small, will have a direct impact on the lives of our students. Make your gift online today.

$200 gift

Can help a student with utility expenses for a month.

$400 gift

Can help a student with groceries for a month.

$1000 gift

Can help a student with rent for a month.

Please note that costings are approximate and have been provided by Study Adelaide.

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University of Adelaide staff delivering teaching, research and support at the coal-face know first-hand the financial hardships our students face, and they are deeply invested in their welfare.

Professor Mike Brooks FTSE FACS

While our staff make a difference every day, many also choose to extend this impact by supporting students in crisis or donating to another area of the University they are passionate about, such as scholarships or research. 

“I am tremendously grateful for the generosity of our staff and their commitment to our students and University programs.”Professor Mike Brooks FTSE FACS, Acting Vice-Chancellor and President

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More information

For a discussion about how your gift can make a difference at the University, please contact the External Relations Branch on +61 8 8313 5800 or