Relocation Scholarship

An annual payment to help certain students in higher education who are required to live away from their family home while studying.

The Relocation Scholarship is available to help certain higher education students moving to or from a regional area to study from 1 January 2015.

If you are eligible, you will automatically receive a Relocation Scholarship with your next student payment from 24 February this year.

You need to receive at least $1 of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the relevant fortnight to qualify for the Relocation Scholarship payment.

Eligibility

You may be eligible for this payment if you are:

  • studying full time in an approved scholarship course, and
  • receiving at least $1 of Youth Allowance (student) basic benefit or $1 of ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the fortnight in which the scholarship is payable, and
  • a dependent person who has to live away from home to study or
  • meet specific scholarship independence criteria, and
  • starting full time study within 35 days of qualifying for the scholarship, or
  • undertaking full time study for at least 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship

It is important that you update your family home address and education campus details at the beginning of each calendar year so we can assess your eligibility for Relocation Scholarship. You can update your details using your Centrelink online account.

You will not be eligible for the scholarship if you are from a city area and are undertaking full time study at a higher education institution in a city area. This includes where you move from one city to another.

You will not be eligible for the scholarship if you only receive Pharmaceutical Allowance and/or Rent Assistance because your student payment rate is zero.

If you receive or qualify for a Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship administered by the Department of Education or a Relocation Scholarship paid by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, you will not qualify for this payment.

You will no longer be paid the Relocation Scholarship once you turn 25, or if you stop doing the course you started before you turned 25, whichever is later.

Specific scholarship independence criteria

To be considered independent for the purposes of the Relocation Scholarship, you must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • unable to live at home
  • orphan
  • parents cannot exercise responsibility
  • refugee (Youth Allowance only)
  • in state care (Youth Allowance only)
  • specially disadvantaged (Youth Allowance only)
  • have (or have had) a dependent child
  • currently have care or custody of another person’s child (ABSTUDY only)
  • tribal initiation (ABSTUDY only),
  • have been in lawful custody for a cumulative period of 6 months or more (ABSTUDY only), or
  • have returned to live in an Indigenous community after having been adopted or fostered by a non-Indigenous family for more than 2 years (ABSTUDY only)

Approved scholarship course

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.

To find out if your course is an approved scholarship course, view the Social Security (Approved Scholarship Courses) Determination Guide.

Payment rates

If your family home is in an area classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, your payment is:

  • $4,333 in the first year in which you are required to live away from home to undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course
  • $2,167 in the second or third year
  • $1,083 in the fourth or subsequent year

If your family home is in an area that is not classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, but your education campus is in one of these areas your payment is:

  • $4,333 in the first year in which you are required to live away from home to undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course
  • $1,083 for subsequent years

If both your family home and education campus are in areas that are not classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, you will not receive a Relocation Scholarship.

You can find out which area category your family home or education campus is in by using the Student Regional Area Search service.

Verification of education campus

If your family home is in a major city and your education campus is in an area classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia, you will need to provide verification of your education campus before the scholarship can be paid.

When you lodge a claim for Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY, or you update your family home address or study details, we will send you a letter requesting verification of your education campus. To verify your campus details, you must complete the Verification of Campus form SY101. Part of this form will need to be completed by an authorised person at your education campus.

You are not required to verify your campus details if your family home is in an area classified as Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia or Very Remote Australia.

Submit your documents

You can submit your Verification of Campus form by:

Payment dates

If you are eligible, you will receive your Relocation Scholarship automatically with your next Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment from 24 February each year.

If you are eligible and need to provide verification of your education campus, you will be paid after we receive your completed Verification of Campus form.

Claiming

You do not need to make a separate claim in order to receive this payment. When you claim your Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment, your eligibility for the Relocation Scholarship is assessed at the same time.

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Page last updated: 5 February 2016