Who can get the Pensioner Education Supplement

You can get the supplement if you meet study rules and get certain payments from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Payments from us

You may be eligible if you meet the study rules and get:

What may be different

You may keep getting Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement in some cases if you are in the same course and transfer to:

Payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

You may be eligible if you meet the study rules and get:

What may be different

You can also get the supplement if you have a dependent child and get:

Study rules

You meet these rules if you’re studying an approved course as a full time or part time student.

Type of course

You’re eligible if studying:

  • a secondary course
  • an undergraduate course
  • a graduate course
  • certain masters courses
  • a TAFE course, or
  • a diploma

Read about approved courses and institutions.

Full time or part time

You must be studying as a:

  • full time student, or
  • part time student and you:
    • are a single parent with a dependent child under 16
    • get Carer Payment
    • get a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance
    • have a disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to study full time, or
    • get Youth Allowance or Newstart Allowance

Part time study is at least 25% of a full time study load.

Page last updated: 29 September 2017