Education Entry Payment

Available to people receiving some income support payments, to help with the cost of study.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for Education Entry Payment if you:

You may also be eligible if you:

You must also meet the residence requirements of your main payment and be studying an approved course in Australia.

Payment

Education Entry Payment is a taxable payment of $208 and is paid once each year.

The Education Entry Payment is paid at different times throughout the year, depending on the type of income support payment you receive.

If you receive Newstart Allowance, Parenting Payment partnered, Partner Allowance or Widow Allowance, your first Education Entry Payment will be made as soon as we have found you to be eligible for Education Entry payment. This will be paid on or after the start date of the course once proof of enrolment in the course has been provided.

Your subsequent payments will be paid every 12 months from your eligibility date while you remain qualified for the Education Entry Payment. For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in June 2015, your subsequent payments will be paid in June each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.

If you receive Carer Payment, Disability Support Pension, Parenting Payment single or Widow B Pension, your first Education Entry Payment will be made as soon as we have found you to be eligible. This will be paid on or after the start date of the course once proof of enrolment in the course has been provided. Your subsequent payments will be paid in January each year you qualify. For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in March 2015, your subsequent payments will be paid in January each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.

Claiming

You do not need to make a claim for the Education Entry Payment.

Once you provide us with proof of your enrolment in an approved course of study, we will automatically assess your eligibility for the Education Entry Payment.

If you receive Pensioner Education Supplement we will automatically assess your Education Entry Payment without the need to provide proof of enrolment.

Claim outcome

If you are assessed as eligible for the Education Entry Payment, details of the payments will appear in your next statement.

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Page last updated: 5 February 2016