Student payments

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Student support payments

Youth Allowance (student)

Youth Allowance (student) is a means tested payment for full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 16-24.

Information, including an eligibility search tool, is available on the Study Assist website.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Youth Allowance (student) is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, Students and Trainees area, on 13 2490.

Austudy

Austudy is a means tested payment for full-time students and Australian Apprentices aged 25 years and over.

Information is available on the Study Assist website.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Austudy is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, Students and Trainees area, on 13 2490.

ABSTUDY

ABSTUDY is a means tested payment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and Australian Apprentices.

Information is available on the Study Assist website.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of ABSTUDY is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, ABSTUDY Students and Trainees area, on 1800 132 317.

Scholarships

Student Start-up Scholarship

Full-time higher education students undertaking an approved scholarship course and who are in receipt of Austudy, Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY may be eligible for Student Start-up Scholarship payments to help with the up-front costs of studying.

As part of the 2013-14 Budget it was announced that the Student Start-up Scholarship would be converted into an income-contingent loan for new recipients of student payments in higher education from 1 January 2014. Legislation to implement this change is currently before Parliament and was not passed during the Spring sitting. As a result of this, existing arrangements will continue so that the Student Start up Scholarship will be available to new students commencing higher education study in the first semester of 2014.

Information is available on the Study Assist website.

Further information on Student Start-up Scholarship eligibility and payment rates is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, Students and Trainees area, on 13 2490.

Relocation Scholarship

Full-time dependent higher education students undertaking an approved scholarship course, who need to live away from their family home to study and are in receipt of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY may be eligible for Relocation Scholarship payments.

Independent higher education students unable to live in the family home may also be eligible for Relocation Scholarship payments.

Information is available on the Study Assist website.

Further information on Relocation Scholarship eligibility and payment rates is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, Students and Trainees area, on 13 2490.

Approved institutions and courses for student payments

An approved course of education or study is one approved by the Minister for Social Services who has the authority to approve institutions and courses for student payments.

To find out more information about approved courses for student payments, visit the approved courses page.

Masters by coursework

Eligible students are able to receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement while undertaking approved Masters by coursework programs that are required for entry to a profession.

To find out more information about Masters by coursework approval for student payment, visit the approved courses page.

Other assistance

Fares Allowance

Fares Allowance helps cover the cost of travelling between a student’s permanent home and their place of study if the student has to live away from home in order to study.

Further information on eligibility and claiming Fares Allowance is available on the Department of Human Services website, or call the Department of Human Services, Students and Trainees area, on 13 2490. 

Eligibility search tool

An eligibility search tool on the Study Assist website is available for students and parents who want to learn more about student payments including Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY.

The search tool is a quick, simple to use interactive flow chart where students and parents can get an insight into their possible eligibility for student payments.

To find out more, visit the Study Assist website.

Student payment guide for parents and career advisors

A web based Guide book is available for parents and career advisors to assist them in advising students who are, or who may be considering, undertaking tertiary study or an Australian Apprenticeship on the range of student payments administered by the Department of Human Services.

To view the Guide, visit the Study Assist website.

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