What is Assist a Student?

The Assist a Student Program gives you the opportunity to provide funding to support the education of a student in one of our partner countries for one year.  


In many Asia Pacific countries, poverty excludes individuals from reaching their full potential by being a barrier to opportunities, including accessing education.  Donors provide $70 per student (to be increased to $100 on 2 October 2020) that assists a primary, secondary or tertiary student in one of our partner countries to access education.   In our partner countries, local St Vincent de Paul Society members select students from families in need to be assisted by the program.  


The Program commenced in 1986 as the Adopt A Student Program as a pilot program in Victoria providing $70 per student sponsored in Australia’s Twinned countries.  The program became national in 1995.

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In 2020, the program is supporting 2,400 students in Cambodia, Indonesia, Kiribati, Myanmar, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Hear from students supported about the impact of the AAS Program

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