Student payments

Student support payments

Flood Education Supplement

The Flood Education Supplement is a one-off payment of $1,000 per student for isolated families severely affected by the flood in North Queensland. To receive the payment, families must have at the time of the flood (25 January to 14 February 2019):

  • been living in a Local Government Area (LGA) eligible to receive primary producer grants under category C/D of the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements; and
  • been eligible to receive AIC or ABSTUDY, and have applied for one of these payments by 23 April 2019.

A fact sheet on the Flood Education Supplement, including eligible LGAs, is available.

Further information on eligibility for the Flood Education Supplement is available at humanservices.gov.au/aic or humanservices.gov.au/abstudy.

Youth Allowance (student)

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

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Youth Allowance (student) is available on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling 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.

Further information on eligibility and payment rates of Austudy is available on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling 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.

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

The ABSTUDY policy manual provides additional information and is available on the Guides to Social Policy Law website.

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of ABSTUDY, from 1 January 2019 a range of changes to support students is being implemented. The changes include:

  • consistent Living Allowance rates,
  • simplified criteria to assist scholarship providers, through Scholarship Guidelines,
  • changes to the frequency of payments paid to schools and boarding providers, and
  • changes to ABSTUDY Fares Allowance and the introduction of Safe Travel Plans.

For more information about these changes, visit the Student measures page.

Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme helps eligible parents and carers with the extra costs of educating their children when they cannot go to an appropriate government school.

Parents and carers may need to access the Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme because:

  • they live in an isolated area
  • their child has a disability
  • their child has special health needs.

If an appropriate government school is not available, the family can choose a different school for the child to attend and they may receive financial assistance with the additional costs.

Parents and carers may be able to receive:

  • Basic and Additional Boarding Allowances
  • Distance Education Allowance
  • Second Home Allowance
  • Pensioner Education Supplement.

All allowances under the scheme, except the Additional Boarding Allowance, are not income or assets tested, but applicants must meet eligibility criteria.

The Assistance for Isolated Children Scheme Guidelines provide additional information and are available on the Guides to Social Policy Law website.

Further information on eligibility and Assistance for Isolated Children Allowances is available on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling the Department of Human Services, Assistance for Isolated Children area, on 13 2318.

Other assistance

Student Start-up Loan

Full-time higher education students undertaking a relevant approved course and receiving Youth Allowance (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance may be eligible for the Student Start-up Loan to help with the up-front costs of studying.

Students are required to repay the Loan once their income exceeds the minimum repayment threshold. Payment arrangements are managed by the Australian Taxation Office in the same manner as the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) debts. Repayment of the Loan is delayed until after any HELP debt is completely repaid. View the current minimum repayment threshold.

Students already receiving a Student Start-up Scholarship, ABSTUDY Student Start-up Scholarship or Commonwealth Education Cost Scholarship will not be eligible for a Student Start-up Loan.

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

Relocation Scholarship

Full-time dependent (and some independent) higher education students undertaking a relevant approved course, who are moving to or from a regional area, who need to live away from home to study and receive Youth Allowance (student) or ABSTUDY Living Allowance may be eligible for Relocation Scholarship payments.

Metropolitan students are only eligible for a Relocation Scholarship if they relocate to study at a regional campus.

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

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 to study.

Further information on eligibility and claiming Fares Allowance is available on the Department of Human Services website, or by calling 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 for student payments by the Minister for Social Services.

The lists of tertiary VET courses and providers approved for VSL are available:

The list of higher education providers approved for HELP is available.

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

Masters by coursework

Eligible students may 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 payments, go to the approved courses page.

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