If you are eligible, you will automatically receive a Student Start-up Scholarship with your next student payment from 24 February.
You need to receive at least $1 of your student payment in the relevant fortnight to qualify for the scholarship payment.
To be eligible for the Student Start-up Scholarship you must:
- be studying full time in an approved scholarship course delivered by an approved higher education provider, and
- be receiving at least $1 of Youth Allowance (Student) basic benefit, $1 of Austudy basic benefit or $1 of ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the fortnight in which the scholarship is payable, and
- start full time study within 35 days of qualifying for the scholarship, or
- continue to undertake full time study for at least 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship
You will not be eligible for the scholarship if you only receive Pharmaceutical Allowance and/or Rent Assistance because your student rate is zero.
If you receive or qualify for the Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship administered by the Department of Education or a Student Start-up Scholarship paid by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs you will not qualify for this payment.
Approved scholarship courses
An approved scholarship course is an accredited higher education course or preparatory course undertaken at a higher education institution for example a university.
If a technical and further education institution, is registered as a higher education provider and delivers an accredited higher education course, for example an associate degree or bachelor degree, this course will be an approved scholarship course. Vocational Education and Training courses are not approved scholarship courses.
The Student Start-up Scholarship is paid twice a year. If you are eligible you will receive the Student Start-up Scholarship automatically with your next student payment from 24 February and after 24 July each year.
Each Student Start-up Scholarship payment is $1,025.
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