Many university students find their financial situation a daily struggle. The Student and Financial Advocacy Officer* (SFAO) is available on campus to provide information and assistance on all things financial and can help you find ways to improve your financial situation, e.g.:

  • See if you are eligible for government assistance (Centrelink, Concessions)
  • Negotiate repayment arrangements with your creditors
  • Explain your options and their consequences, including debt recovery procedures, bankruptcy and other alternatives
  • Help you apply for a hardship variation on any loans
  • Help you organise your finances and do a budget
  • Refer you to other services, for example, a gambling helpline, family support, personal counselling or community legal aid

The SFAO can also help with the following:

  • Debts that you are struggling to pay
  • Threatening letters or harassment by debt collectors
  • Debt recovery through the courts
  • House eviction, disconnection of gas, electricity, phone etc
  • Uninsured car accidents, taxation debts and unpaid fines

Student Assist provides the following services to students:

  • Second Semester Grants, available to students enrolled in second year or above, grant of $500
  • Emergency Financial Assistance – supermarket vouchers, food parcels and metro cards
  • Interest Free Loans of up to $500

*The SFAO is a full member of the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association (SAFCA)