Scholarships aimed at supporting tertiary education leads to Centrelink Student Allowances being stopped

This year, Adelaide University provided 40 scholarships to Refugees and Disadvantaged People which provided all tuition fees and an annual stipend of $5,000. Once scholarship holders received the stipend, Centrelink ceased payment of Student Allowances. This put them under undue pressure to earn to survive and COFA has been supporting a refugee with his living expenses. COFA alerted the University about this dilemma and contact was made with the Scholarships Office. They are looking at ways which will provide better support for all the refugee students. A meeting will be held soon to discuss ways in which COFA can cooperate with Adelaide University to support these refugee students so they can continue their studies and achieve their academic goals.