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USASA Financial Counselling

Need help putting the pieces together?

USASA and UniSA are here to support you during these difficult days.

Before making an appointment with a financial counsellor, please read the following statements. 

  • Study Adelaide - International Student Support Package (ISSP)
    The second round of financial grants is now available for students still experiencing financial hardship through Study Adelaide - International Student Support Package (ISSP). Study Adelaide will be offering a second $500 grant. Applications open 20 November 2020 and close on the 28 February 2021.
    Find out more or apply here
  • Student Hardship Fund
    The University has established a dedicated $10 million fund to support those in severe financial circumstances as a result of COVD-19. This fund is now open to all students enrolled for onshore study in UniSA at all levels.  We understand that the current situation has impacted many through the loss of employment and other unexpected costs.  The fund has been established to assist those most in need of support right now and complements the wide range of support available across the University.
    You can access information on this fund, its criteria, and how to apply for support here
  • Coronavirus Supplement
    The Commonwealth Government has passed legislation late on 23 March that you may be entitled to. There is a new measure called the ‘Coronavirus Supplement’ and if you are receiving Youth Allowance, Austudy or Abstudy payments you may be eligible for additional fortnightly payments.  
    Find out more here
  • Grants Service Directory: Department of Social Services
    The Department of Social Services has a Grants Service Directory that you can search for service providers who may be able to assist you depending on your situation. 
    Find out more here
  • COVID-19 Job Search Support Program
    UniSA’s Career Services team has developed a step-by-step program and collated a suite of resources, tools and templates, all accessible in one handy location.  To register your interest in the COVID-19 Job Search Support Program, please visit the dedicated webpage.
  • USASA Financial Counselling Hardship Fund
    USASA has a Financial Counselling service with a hardship fund recently established to assist those in need during these difficult days.
    USASA Financial Counselling Hardship Fund grant round is now closed.
    Book a free appointment here to see if you are eligible

The USASA Financial Counsellor can help you manage your money and assist in making the pieces of the puzzle fit. 

Having financial difficulties? A USASA Financial Counsellor is available free to all UniSA students. Make an appointment and explore your options to get in control of your money.

If you are dealing with financial stress related to issues such as debt, rent, utility costs and budgeting problems a USASA financial counsellor may be able to help you. A financial counsellor can help identify your options and give you the information you need.  

What can a USASA Financial Counsellor assist you with:
  If your issue is not listed here, a Financial Counsellor may still be able to assist.

Emergency Food Support

Have you just paid lots of bills and putting food on the table is going to be a struggle? Accessing emergency food support may benefit you in more ways than one. 
Book an appointment to assist with emergency food support.

Grant Support Program 

Uni life is go go go and keeping on top of everything can be exhausting. Financial Counsellors may also be able to help in gaining access to emergency financial support. The Financial Counselling Grant Support Program is now open. To find out more about applying book an appointment below.
Book an appointment to look at your options.

More information regarding Government COVID-19 Support Payments here

Developing a Budget

Developing a budget is about understanding where all your money goes. This is the first step to taking control of your finances and making it work for you. Our Financial Counsellor is available to work through this process one on one and make sure you have the support you need.

Or start developing your budget with this handy template - need a bit of help navigating the process? Book an appointment today.
Book an appointment to start developing your budget.

Bad Financial Standing

If you are in bad financial standing or heading that way we can assist with the preparation of a payment agreement. Financial counsellors can talk to your creditors on your behalf and, where possible, try to negotiate lower payment plans.
Book an appointment to discuss your financial standing.


Download the USASA Financial Counselling Service Charter here

Download the USASA Financial Counselling Program's Conditions of Service 2019 here

Contact a Financial Counsellor

Click here for alternative assistance. 

It is strongly advised that students requiring assistance make an appointment to see a Financial Counsellor as soon as possible.

To make an appointment, use the online form or click the button below. The USASA Financial Counsellor is located at the City West Campus, or via Skype, Zoom or telephone. 

USASA Financial Counselling will be closed from 18 Dec 2020 - 4 Jan 2021. 

FoodBank Emergency Food Vouchers will still be available to students, however, no other grants or financial counselling services will be available during this period. Please make a booking below and we will be in contact as soon as possible. 

Book an appointment below:

In need of immediate assistance? 
The following links are available within the Adelaide CBD:
Please see this list of external links to assist you, especially if you are an international student.

More information regarding Government COVID-19 Support Payments here

The following websites list a range of services:

Explore here for additional services available to help you.

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