Eligibility for the Relocation Scholarship

To be eligible for the Relocation Scholarship you must meet certain criteria.

You may be eligible for this payment if you:

  • are studying full time in an approved scholarship course
  • are a dependent and need to live away from your family home to study, or meet specific scholarship independence criteria
  • are relocating to or from a regional or remote area to study
  • receive at least $1 of Youth Allowance as a student or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • are expected to start or continue full time study within 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship
  • are undertaking or will undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course on day 35 after the course start date or after you first qualify for the scholarship, whichever is later

If you have relocated from a city to study at a regional location it is important that you check, and if necessary update, your family home address and study location at the beginning of your course and at the start of each calendar year so we can assess your eligibility for Relocation Scholarship.

You can check and update your details using your Centrelink online account through myGov.

You will not be eligible for the scholarship if you:

  • are from a major city area and studying in a major city, even if you have to relocate from one city to another to study
  • only get Pharmaceutical Allowance or Rent Assistance or both, because your Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment rate is zero
  • get a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship from the Department of Education and Training - including if you were eligible but didn’t receive it because your payment was suspended
  • get a Relocation Scholarship from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • live on campus and receive ABSTUDY Residential Cost Option - except if the offer of a place in a residential college is received after the Relocation Scholarship is paid

Examples

Student does not start their course within 35 days of qualifying for Relocation Scholarship

Andrew claims Youth Allowance in January 2016 because he intends to start full time study in a Bachelor of Economics on 15 February 2016. His family home is in a regional area and he has to relocate to study at a city university.

He is granted Youth Allowance from 15 February 2016, which is his qualification date for Relocation Scholarship.

On 3 March, Andrew contacts Centrelink to advise he has a job and no longer requires Youth Allowance. During that contact, he tells us he did not start his course because he knew he would be starting work.

Andrew will have to repay his Relocation Scholarship payment because he did not start his approved scholarship course within 35 days of qualifying for it.

Student does not continue or resume their course within 35 days of qualifying for Relocation Scholarship

Belle is from a regional area and has been getting ABSTUDY Living Allowance since 24 February 2014 for a 4 year Bachelor Degree. She received the Relocation Scholarship in 2014 and 2015.

In 2016, Relocation Scholarship is paid automatically with her ABSTUDY payment on 26 February.

On 15 March 2016, Belle advises Centrelink that she did not resume studies in 2016. A check with the University shows Belle did not resume her course in 2016.

Because Belle did not continue her course in 2016 she was not eligible for the Relocation Scholarship paid to her on 26 February 2016. She will have to pay back the money.

Student not studying full time on 35th day after the course start date

Donna is in the second year of her degree at a regional university. In 2016, her Relocation Scholarship is paid on her normal payday of 25 February. She continues her course when it resumes on 1 March 2016.

On 29 March 2016 Donna drops to part time study for the rest of the year.

Even though Donna continued her course in 2016, she was not undertaking full time study on 5 April, which was the 35th day after her course start date, so she was not entitled to the scholarship she received in February 2016. Donna will have to pay back all the money.

Student qualifies for Relocation Scholarship within 35 days of course end date

Lucy is a dependent student who is undertaking a Commerce degree at a regional university. She lives at home with her parents in the same regional town, so she is not eligible for Relocation Scholarship. She will finish her degree on 2 November 2017.

On 1 October 2017 her parents move interstate, but Lucy stays in the regional town to finish her degree. Because she is now living away from her parents she is eligible for the away from home rate of Youth Allowance from 1 October 2017. Because she is now living away from home and attending a regional university she may also qualify for the Relocation Scholarship.

However, because Lucy’s course ends on 2 November, she will not meet the requirement to be undertaking full time study in an approved scholarship course on the 35th day after first qualifying for the scholarship, which means she is not eligible for the scholarship.

If Lucy’s course ended after 6 November, or if she still had another year of study to complete, she would be eligible for Relocation Scholarship because she would be able to meet the requirement of undertaking full time study on the 35th day after qualifying for the scholarship.

Page last updated: 11 August 2016

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