Student Start-up Scholarship

Help for the upfront cost of study for eligible higher education students.

Alert: From 1 January 2016, the Student Start-up Loan replaces the Student Start-up Scholarship for new students.

From 1 January 2016, the Student Start-up Loan will replace the Student Start-up Scholarship for new recipients of Youth Allowance as a student, Austudy and ABSTUDY Living Allowance who are in higher education.

You will continue to receive the Student Start-up Scholarship if you received it or a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship before 1 January 2016 and have not had a break in payment. You may continue to be paid until you come off your student payment.

If you are in this group, you cannot receive a Student Start-up Loan as well as your scholarship.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Student Start-up Scholarship after 1 January 2016, you must:

  • have previously received a Student Start-up Scholarship or Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship
  • not have had a break in receiving your student payment
  • be studying full time in an approved scholarship course delivered by an approved higher education provider
  • receive at least $1 of Youth Allowance basic benefit as a student, $1 of Austudy basic benefit or $1 of ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the fortnight in which the scholarship is payable
  • continue full time study within 35 days of qualifying for the scholarship
  • continue to undertake full time study 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship

You will continue to receive the scholarship until you come off your student payment. If you have a break in payment, for example, take a leave of absence from your course, you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.

If you receive or qualify for the Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship paid by the Department of Education or a Student Start-up Scholarship paid by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or a Student Start-up Loan, you will not be eligible for a Student Start-up Scholarship paid by the Department of Human Services.

If you meet the above criteria but have had a break in your payment or a new student, then you can apply for the Student Start-up Loan.

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.

Payment dates

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.

You need to have received at least $1 of Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY on that payday to be eligible for your Student Start-up Scholarship. If you didn’t, we'll continue to assess your eligibility each fortnight. This means you may get the scholarship payment with your next payment.

Payment rates

Each Student Start-up Scholarship payment is $1,025.

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Page last updated: 5 February 2016