ECU has a wide range of support programs for students, and in response to the COVID-19 situation more services are being added to assist students as they transition to remote learning.
ECU understands that students are facing financial hardship and we are committed to doing everything we can to help. To help you continue with your studies, ECU has put in place a $2 million Student Support Package.
There are several changes to the Academic Calendar which are detailed in the ECU’s COVID-19 FAQs. Some key things to note are:
Student Success Officers are available to provide ongoing coordinated support to all students. Success officers are available for one-on-one online appointments for the development of action plans designed to assist students achieve success in their studies at ECU.
You can make an appointment by:
Some laptops for loan and data-packs (wifi dongles) are available for loan through the Library. The overall number of laptops available for loan has been significantly increased.
This equipment is available for loan during semester.
If you need a laptop or wifi dongle to assist you to continue your studies, please contact the Library by phone, email or visiting the staff at one of our service desks.
Please note that we are currently unable to send laptops or dongles outside Western Australia.
You can email IT Services with any questions about sourcing hardware and software requirements for online learning.
If you have recently lost your job, ECU’s Careers Advisers can also help with resume writing, interview skills and advice on what you can do to find work. You can book an online appointment with a Careers Adviser here.
You can also check out the Careers page which has information about upcoming graduate recruitment programs, employers who are currently hiring, and tips for job seeking.
If you are feeling stressed or anxious, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ECU’s free and confidential Student Counselling Service.
The Australian Government has announced several economic stimulus packages to support people receiving social security, including students on Austudy, Abstudy, Youth Allowance, JobSeeker (formally Newstart), parenting and other allowance payments.
If you are already receiving a payment, the additional benefits that you are eligible for will be automatically paid to you.
Additionally, you will continue to receive your Centrelink payments if the University is asked to close or reduce your study load. More information is available directly from Services Australia.
ECU understands that students are facing financial hardship and we are committed to doing everything we can to help. That’s why ECU have developed a range of measures to provide financial assistance to students.
The Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) is a fee approved by the Australian Government. The purpose of the SSAF is to provide student services and amenities beyond those required for the academic work of the University, such as a health, counseling, sport and social clubs. For Semester 1, 2020 students required to pay SSAF, will only be charged the off-campus rate of $46.20. You do not need to take any action, this change will be applied to your record.
We understand that many of you may not need on-campus parking right now. ECU is offering full refunds on Semester 1 and Full Year parking permits cancelled before 7 April 2020. If you need to cancel your permit, email email@example.com with your intention to cancel before 7 April.
There will be no refunds on Semester 1 permit cancellations after this date. There will be a 50 per cent refund on Full Year permit cancellations received after 7 April and before 31 August. For more information, contact ECU Parking and Security at firstname.lastname@example.org
ECU normally charges a late payment fee for Tuition Fees not received by the due date for the applicable teaching period. Late payment fees will not be charged for Semester 1 2020.
ECU seeks to support students experiencing severe financial hardship to support them to remain enrolled and studying. We have established a support grant of up to $2,000 for eligible students. These are uncertain times for many people and it is important you know we are here to support you and so are many community organisations.
If you are experiencing severe financial hardship, please complete an application for an ECU Support Grant. Monitor your student email for updates and make sure your phone number is correct in SIMO so we can contact you to discuss your circumstances further and advise what support ECU can provide. Students will be asked to supply evidence of hardship, receipts or other appropriate evidence.
These grants are a once-off payment and students are encouraged to access the range of support services at ECU and within the community. Here are a few resources you to keep in mind and access over the next few weeks if you are experiencing severe hardship:
Contact these services if you find yourself in need of support.
Students experiencing challenges with accommodation are encouraged to speak to the team at the Student Hub regarding their situation. In the interim, if you or anyone you know are in this situation, the following information may be of assistance:
If you or anyone you know are in this situation, the following information may be of assistance:
For tenancy assistance and advice you can also contact Tenancy WA but please remember to also use our ECU services as well.
There is also the Residential Rent Relief Grant Scheme being offered by the Western Australian government.
We know that many students are also parents and now trying to juggle their studies with having children at home. We've developed some resources, links and helpful information about balancing studying and work with carer responsibilities.
If you do not speak English as a first language, StudyPerth, the WA Office of Multicultural Interests and SBS online portal provides translated resources, and education and health advice. The wa.gov.au website is the best place to find up-to-date and accurate advice and information.
StudyPerth is collating information to support international students. This is a service you can engage with if none of the support programs at ECU are suitable for you. Sign up to their newsletter or Facebook group to ensure you stay up-to-date with opportunities and other assistance. There are also branches in other states at StudyMelbourne and StudySydney.
Take a look at the Australian government's support site for COVID-19 which has some great tips on staying positive.
If you need additional assistance reach out to the Student Counselling team.
You can also call services including Lifeline on 13 11 14
The ECU Out of Hours Crisis Line is also available. Call 1300 583 032 or text 0488 884 232
This phone support service operates from 5pm to 9am on weekdays, and 24 hours on weekends, providing students with mental health and well-being support. The service, which is a collaboration with Lifeline, is intended to help callers find immediate relief from emotional distress, explore coping strategies for the current crisis.
For more information about services and support at the university during the COVID-19 period, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.
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