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Exceptional Circumstances Financial Assistance (ECFA)

Many postgraduate students encounter financial burdens as a result of an unexpected need for expenditure to either enhance or support their continued success in their studies. These burdens may include, for example,textbooks and computers, conference travel & accommodation, support with formal written English expression to an appropriate academic level, rent assistance, or a needfor services and support not otherwise provided by the University or elsewhere in the community.

SCPA can provide financial assistance and/or material aid to eligible postgraduate students in financial hardship, and who are facing exceptional circumstances that otherwise can not be addressed through existing SCU programs/services or other external agencies.

In the first instance, students are encouraged to apply for an SCU no-interest postgraduate student loan, available from Student Services by visiting

If your application is not successful, or otherwise is impractical, then please feel free to ask about our Exceptional Circumstances Financial Assistance to Students (ECFAS) by contacting the SCPA at your nearest campus:

Lismore& External:  1300 654 830

Gold Coast:  07 5589 3404

Coffs Harbour:  (02) 6659 3900


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