More help for regional students: University launches new campus living initiatives

University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Residential Colleges today (November 9) launched exciting new incentives to encourage students to live on campus and provide continuing support for learning.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students) Professor Josh Pienaar announced that the first 300 new and returning students in 2021 will receive welcome packs valued at up to $1,300 each.

“To help students prepare for next year they will be able to pick their favourite pack from three different options available,” Professor Pienaar said.

“There are two technology packs to choose from with the options of either an iPad and case, or a 15.6-inch HP laptop. 

“Alternatively, students can choose a Become Ready pack designed to cover many of the initial costs of moving on campus – this includes items such as a fridge, portable speaker, FitBit, linen pack and stationery voucher.”

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a new accommodation scholarship valued at $2,000 per year was announced to provide additional support.

The Residential Colleges Student Support Scholarship will mean every student staying on campus at the University’s Toowoomba campus next year will receive some form of financial support with two existing accommodation scholarships available.

“In 2021 we will increase the value of our USQ Residential Colleges Scholarship to $5,000 per year, in addition to our International Student Support Scholarship that provides a free semester of accommodation for new international students,” Professor Pienaar said.

“We know this has been a particularly hard year for high school students finishing year 12, so as part of the Early Offer Guarantee Program we are offering a month’s free accommodation in addition to any scholarships these students receive.”

For more information about the University of Southern Queensland’s Residential Colleges, visit www.usq.edu.au/accommodation.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of new incentives – including technology giveaways, scholarships and more – to be given to University of Southern Queensland Residential College students next year. Nancy Allen; Alexis Wendt (Blue); Claire Shadlow (Green); Alarnah McKee (Red)