Emergency Grant

PARSA Emergency Grant

PARSA Emergency Grants (PEGS) are available to offer financial assistance to postgraduate students who are facing genuine and unexpected financial hardship.

Enrolled postgraduate students can qualify for up to $500 per calendar year (at PARSA’s discretion), depending on the severity of the situation and the potential benefits of assistance. Successful applicants do not have to repay the money (i.e. it’s not a loan).

Students are welcome to apply if they are:

  • Unable to meet costs of living
  • Experiencing an emergency medical crisis or ongoing treatment
  • Unable to afford rent, food or utility costs
  • Required to travel for emergency purposes e.g. natural disaster, funeral
  • Financially compromised

Exclusions: Categories not covered by the PEG include but are not limited to:

  • Tuition/ course related fees
  • Paying off credit card and other debts
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Research or vacation travel
  • Leisure activities
  • Student Visa or other immigration-related expenses

Eligibility: A PARSA Emergency Grant application will be subject to a confidential review by two of PARSA’s Student Assistance Officers (staff) and the Equity Officer (student representative). Applications are reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Financial hardship is a result of an unforeseen or emergency situation (for example: medical related emergency, family/travel related emergency, unexpected change to accommodation)
  • The applicant can demonstrate financial hardship
  • The applicant can demonstrate immediate need
  • The applicant can demonstrate their existing financial hardship directly affects their capacity to complete their studies in the immediate future.
  • Enrolled postgraduate students at the ANU (Masters, Graduate Certificate, PhD, etc.)
  • Either located in Canberra or distance students (within Australia


How the PEG works: If the grant is approved, the funds will be transferred to the student’s nominated account. The timeframe for this is expected to be within 3 working days. Students may apply several times per semester, but successful applicants will only be granted a maximum of $500 per 12 month period (at PARSA’s discretion).

Documentation Required

  • Proof of ALL income (e.g. scholarships, bursaries, family assistance, centrelink, employment)
  • Academic record/ proof of enrolment
  • Bank statements for the 90 days preceding the PEGS application date (for all accounts, local and overseas)
  • Written statement of need including all information relevant to your situation, evidence of ‘self-help,’ and strategies to avoid further hardship
  • Documentation to evidence the claims in your statement of need
  • A table itemising your fortnightly expenses including amounts (rent, food etc.) and your income as per the application form.
  • Any other information or documents requested by PARSA


It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the information and evidence required at time of application. The application will be based on the information submitted; PARSA can request further information where required. Multiple attempts to provide further information after submission will not be permitted.

Please submit your applications to parsa.assistance@anu.edu.au.

Outcome of the Application

Students will be asked to liaise with the PARSA’s Student Assistance to determine the extent of hardship, strategies for preventing future crisis, collaborating with other departments, etc.

An application for the PEG does not automatically guarantee payment of funds. PARSA has the discretion to assess and decide applications based upon the information provided.

If a PEG application is not successful, this decision is final and as such further information cannot be provided after the decision. If additional details have become available that may affect the outcome of an application then the applicant is encouraged to re-apply with a new application.

Download your PARSA Emergency Grant application and submit to parsa.assistance@anu.edu.au.

Contact PARSA

PARSA Office
Level 2, Di Riddell Student Centre
Kambri Precinct
Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601

Office Hours:

9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday (except public holidays)
Call Us: +61 (02) 6125 4187
Write to Us: parsa@anu.edu.au