Student Start-up Scholarship

Support for the upfront cost of study for higher education students.


Eligible students will get their last Student Start-up Scholarship from 24 February 2017.

The Student Start-up Loan replaces the Student Start-up Scholarship for all students from 1 July 2017. If you choose to apply for the Student Start-up Loan once the scholarship ends, you need to apply after 1 July 2017.

Currently, if eligible you can get either the Student Start-up Scholarship or Student Start-up Loan. You can't get both.

Who can get it

To get the last Student Start-up Scholarship you must:

  • have already received a Student Start-up Scholarship or Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship
  • have got your student payment without a break since your last scholarship payment
  • be studying full time in an approved scholarship course
  • get at least $1 of your student payment after 24 February
  • remain in full time study 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship

Who can’t get it

You can’t get the scholarship if you get or qualify for the:

If you can’t get the scholarship because you’ve had a break in your payment, you may be eligible for the Student Start-up Loan.

Approved scholarship courses

Your course is an approved scholarship course if:

  • you study it at a higher education institution, for example a university, and
  • it’s an accredited higher education course, for example a bachelor degree, or
  • it’s a preparatory course, for example a bridging course

If you study at a technical or further education institution, it may be a registered higher education institution.

If you study a Vocational Education and Training course, for example a Certificate 3, it’s not an approved scholarship course.

Break in payment

If you’ve had a break in your student payment, you’re not eligible for the scholarship.

A break can occur when:

  • your student payment is cancelled for any reason
  • you stop studying for a semester, for example a leave of absence
  • you reduce your study load to less than full time

Changing courses to a different approved course isn’t a break in payment.

If you’ve had a break in payment and return to full time study, you may be eligible for the Student Start-up Loan.

You need to tell us if your circumstances change. Use your Centrelink online account through myGov to tell us.

Payment date

If you’re eligible, you will get your last Student Start-up Scholarship from 24 February 2017 with your regular student payment.

You need to get at least $1 of your student payment in the fortnight we pay your scholarship. If your income is high and you don’t get your student payment in the fortnight from 24 February, we'll check your eligibility each fortnight after. This means you may get the scholarship payment at a later date.

Payment rate

The Student Start-up Scholarship payment is $1,035.

Manage your money

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Page last updated: 13 April 2017