Hardship Fund Available 

Purpose of the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL)

The purpose of the Hardship Fund for Learners (HAFL) is to provide temporary financial assistance to those students who are facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hardship means any suffering, deprivation or financial challenge faced by students due to the pandemic that is interfering with their ability to progress with their study.

What can HFL be used for? 

the HAFL funding can be used to support learners facing hardship by:

  1. Providing direct cash payments to learners; and/or
  2. Directly purchasing resources on learners’ behalf, where suitable.

Hardship Fund for Learners funding can be used to cover any basic living costs that the TEOs’ currently enrolled learners are unable to meet, including, but not limited to, food, utilities, rent or other unexpected expenses. Hardship in this instance is defined to mean any suffering, deprivation or financial challenge faced by a learner due to COVID-19 that is interfering with a learner’s ability to progress with their study.

Application to the Fund

Students may apply directly for funding or be nominated by a Carey staff member. Information provided should include name, ID, programme of study, and a description of the particular need and how it meets the criteria of the fund (approx. 150 words).  

Please submit applications/nominations to Chris Berry, Executive Director, [email protected] by Wednesday 28 May.

Note: provision is limited so allocation will be determined by clear demonstrated need meeting the definition of hardship as outlined by the TEC above. Carey reserves the right to prioritise and determine how the funding is allocated and may not be able to fund all applications.

Find out more information on the Tertiary Education Commission website

Find out more information on the Tertiary Education Commission website