CSU Emergency Equity Grant

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

Equity and Merit Scholarships and Grants
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 you must be:

  1. studying an undergraduate degree as an active student;
  2. enrolled in a Charles Sturt University course as a Commonwealth supported student; full fee paying students are not eligible.
  3. an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent Australian resident or a student with an Australian permanent visa;
  4. in financial need :
    • in receipt of an eligible means tested Centrelink Benefit (refer to guidelines) or
    • able to demonstrate financial hardship.
  5. able to demonstrate that you have suffered a recent (within the last 30 calendar days), personal adverse event that has impacted current studies and requires emergency financial assistance;
  6. studying onshore in Australia;
  7. ineligible for financial assistance from state or federal governments, or from other relevant associations, for the adverse event.

PLEASE NOTE:  an initial diagnosis of a medical condition may be considered as an emergency adverse event. An ongoing medical condition or elective surgery may only be considered if you have not already previously received the grant for the same purpose.

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 etc.

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

Accidents; Fire or flood damage; Bush Fires; Natural Disasters; Theft; or 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:

Laptop or computer crashes outside of warranty period requiring replacement; Unforeseen living expenses such as bills, car registration, insurance etc. all coming in at the same time; Relationship breakdown resulting in unforeseen financial expenses; Medical expenses associated with elective surgery resulting in difficulty managing personal finances; Ongoing medical conditions will only be considered if you have not previously received the grant for the same purpose.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have another scholarship/grant?

If you are receiving any other scholarship or grant for the purpose you may not be eligible for this scholarship/Grant.

How do I know if I'm in financial need?

A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or are in financial hardship. Supporting documentation will be required to demonstrate financial need.

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

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

What if I didn't receive the email receipt?

It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?

If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au quoting the application number, your name and student ID.

When will I find out if I was successful?

You will receive an email notification within 2 working days notifying you of the outcome.

If I am successful when and how do I get paid?

Payments will be made be EFT to your nominated bank account or in some cases onto your student account or by voucher.

How do I register my bank details with CSU?

Register your bank detials with CSU via online administration.

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

You must notify the CSU Scholarship Office immediately by emailing scholarships.officer@csu.edu.au. Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, CSU may reassess your eligibility.

What constitutes as an emergency?

Events must be unexpected and beyong the control of the student, and must be supported by documentation (refer to the guidelines).

Unexpected living expenses such as bills, car registration, insurance etc all coming in at the same time are not considered an emergency in the context of this grant.


Download the 2019 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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