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 have not already received Education Entry Payment in the current calendar year and receive:

Payment

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

When you will be paid depends on when you become eligible. You will receive your first payment either:

  • on or after the start date of your course, or
  • when your Pensioner Education Supplement starts

If you remain eligible, subsequent payments will be paid every 12 months from your eligibility date if you receive:

  • Newstart Allowance
  • Parenting Payment partnered
  • Partner Allowance, or
  • Widow Allowance

For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in June 2016, you will receive subsequent payments in June each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.

Your subsequent payments will be paid in January each year you qualify if you receive:

  • Carer Payment
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Parenting Payment single
  • Special Benefit in some circumstances
  • Widow B Pension, or
  • Wife Pension

For example, if you became eligible for Education Entry Payment in March 2016, you will receive subsequent payments in January each year you qualify for Education Entry Payment.

Claiming

If you receive Pensioner Education Supplement, we will automatically assess your eligibility for Education Entry Payment. You do not need to do anything.

If you do not receive Pensioner Education Supplement, you will need to ask us to assess your eligibility for Education Entry Payment. For us to do this, please provide us with your proof of your enrolment in an approved education course.

Claim outcome

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

What to do if your account is overdrawn

There is support available to help you manage your money if you have overdrawn your bank, building society or credit union account.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn.

Manage your money

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Page last updated: 15 June 2016