Federation University says TAFE students are not eligible for its latest coronavirus financial assistance package.
But a spokesperson says they will be able to access support in a different program being developed.
On Monday, the institution announced its higher education students would be eligible for up to $300 a week in support for five weeks, if they were experiencing money problems for reasons including needing to self-isolate and having their income reduced.
The university will also look at extending the due date for student tuition fees, and funding for computers or technology assistance for students unable to study remotely.
On-campus higher education students can also access free phone counselling services, job search support and help accessing government assistance such as Centrelink.
A spokeswoman said: "The student support package announced this week is for our university students and we are currently working on a package to help our TAFE students, as they have different needs and requirements. We expect to have that finalised in the coming weeks."
Natimuk resident Leeanne Lindorff began studying a two-year Diploma of Community Services course this year.
She said any financial support from the university would be welcome.
"I rent out a cafe and an Airbnb apartment," she said. "A lot of our bookings have been cancelled - some up to June - so it is having a bit of an effect.
"The B and B was pretty much my income and that enabled me to go back to school and not worry about working. We have dropped the rent on the Nati cafe by three quarters as well, so there is only a nominal amount (of money) coming in for utilities and wear and tear.
"I've got Free TAFE, so (I'm) lucky in that way, but it's just like day to day that (rent) is pretty much our living wage."
Ms Lindorff said she hoped to go into community service such as a neighbourhood house once qualified.
All of the university's higher education programs and support services have been delivered online since Monday March 30.
Federation TAFE is closed for the Easter holiday break.
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