Financial and legal help

There are several avenues for financial and legal help at QUT.

Financial support

Coping with limited financial resources is a common problem faced by students. We have support services to help you with transferring money, balancing your finances, and helping you with any money problems you are having.

Financial advice

As part of our counselling service, you can get financial advice from a welfare officer. They can help you with:

  • managing your money
  • applying for a Student Financial Assistance Scheme (SFAS) loan
  • bursaries and grants
  • sharehousing tips
  • finding community and university resources for financial assistance.

Our welfare support is professional, confidential and free to access. You can make an appointment to speak to a welfare officer at any campus.


Preparing a budget will help you to fund your regular and ongoing expenses. It can also allow you to save for unexpected items and large bills by setting up an emergency fund.

Our Welfare Officers can also help you create a budget. We also hold regular Money Smart @ Uni workshops.

Food bank

The QUT Guild runs an extensive food bank service for students who find themselves running out of money. They offer fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and packaged food.

Second hand bookshop

Textbooks can be a major expense during your degree. The QUT Guild Second Hand Bookshop buys and sells used textbooks for QUT courses. This means that you can buy your textbooks at the start of each semester and, if you don't want to keep them, sell them again at the end of semester. Second hand textbooks sell out quickly, so make sure you get in early.

The QUT Guild Second Hand Bookshop also offers discounted lab coat and safety glasses hire, and discounted faxing.

Public transport

If you're a full-time student, and your ID card has the Queensland Rail logo, you can buy concession tickets on public transport. Concession tickets are half the price of adult tickets.

A Go Card gives you a further discount on public transport. You can use your Go Card on buses, trains, and ferries and City Cats.

If you're travelling between Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses, use the free shuttle bus.

Equity Emergency Bursaries

To be eligible for an Equity Emergency Bursary you must be a current QUT student (domestic or international) experiencing difficulty due to an unanticipated financial situation. Bursaries of up to $750 will be available based on your demonstrated need.

Student Financial Assistance Scheme (SFAS)

You can apply for the Student Financial Assistance Scheme (SFAS) loan if you:

  • are experiencing unexpected money problems that are affecting your studies
  • have no other reasonable means of meeting the cost.

If you are experiencing these difficulties, you can apply for a loan of up to $2,000. This loan is interest free. You can apply for a SFAS loan from the first day of orientation in your first semester of study, if necessary.


You may be eligible for a scholarship to help you with your course fees and living costs. We offer a wide range of scholarships to qualified, high-performing and future international students:


As a full-time student, you may be eligible for a Centrelink allowance. This will provide you with a fortnightly payment to help with your living costs.

Australian Government information on eligibility

Legal support

QUT has a legal support service if you ever have a legal problem while you are studying with us.

Free legal clinic

The QUT Student Guild has partnered with McInnes Wilson Lawyers to offer free, confidential legal advice every second Wednesday 12pm-2pm during semester. It’s essential that you call to make an appointment on 3138 1666.

Community legal centres

There are a number of Community Legal centres across Queensland which provide free legal advice. For more information about these, and to locate one in your area, go to their website.

Legal Aid Queensland

It may also be possible to gain legal advice and representation through Legal Aid Queensland if you are financially disadvantaged. For more information or to make an appointment you can visit their website.

University grievances

Learn more about QUT procedures for resolving grievances you need help with:

  • an academic or administrative decision you feel is inappropriate or unfair
  • resolving an issue with another student
  • dealing with behaviour that doesn’t meet the standards in our codes of conduct
  • experiencing bullying, harassment or discrimination

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