It is also estimated that nearly half of our 3,500 international onshore students will need additional financial support at this time. There are no other financial supports available to these students and they cannot return to their home countries due to the travel restrictions currently in place.
The University has made a substantial contribution to creating a COVID-19 Student Support Package, beginning with relief payments of $500 to be made from Monday 6 April to students with urgent and immediate need.
However, with so many students in distress, we are seeking more help from our Flinders community to make this support as widely available as needed through the establishment of a new Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund - with the aim of raising $4 million.
Your support will help students with their essential basic living needs, such as food and rent, along with the technology to study online. Reducing the financial stress for these students will help relieve their anxiety and enable them to continue to focus on their studies.
For many, this will be an all-important morale boost that means the difference between continuing their studies at Flinders or ending their educational aspirations altogether.
Please don’t let COVID-19 be a barrier to the talented students of today fulfilling their potential for tomorrow.
100% of your donation will support Flinders University students through the Matthew Flinders Scholarship Fund.