Changes to your studies you need to tell us about

21 August 2017

Semester 2 census date is fast approaching! We’re sharing info on what you need to do if your study situation has changed.

Any changes to your study can affect your student payment. Here are 4 situations you need to tell us about and how to tell us.

1. You've dropped a subject or 2

If you’ve dropped a subject you may need to let us know.

To get Youth Allowance as a student or Austudy, you generally need to be studying full time. Full time means you’re studying at least 75% of the equivalent full time study load (EFTSL).

Your place of study can tell you what your EFTSL is. If you’ve got an online student portal, your enrolment info may be there.

If you’ve changed your enrolment and are no longer considered full time, you need to update your study details. Do this by using your Centrelink online account through myGov to edit your study load.

For more info about full time study, go to Study loads for Austudy and Youth Allowance.

2. You've stopped studying completely

Stopping study affects your eligibility, so tell us as soon as you've stopped to avoid getting a debt.

You must be studying, or doing an Australian Apprenticeship or traineeship to qualify for:

If you're not studying, update your study details using your Centrelink online account through myGov. All you have to do is add the date you stopped studying to the 'end date' field.

3. You've changed courses

If you've changed courses you need to let us know. Even if your level of study, educational institution, course end date and student ID are the same, this is considered a new course for your Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY payment.

There are 3 steps you need to take when you change courses:

  1. Update your study details in your Centrelink online account through myGov. You do this by ending your course that's currently recorded. To do this, add the date you stopped your previous course to the 'end date' field.
  2. Add a new course by adding new study details.
  3. Click submit.

Austudy and Youth Allowance aren't paid forever. Change to your course can affect how long you can get a student payment from us. This is known as allowable time for Austudy and Youth Allowance.

4. You've changed where you study

If where you're studying is different to what we've got on your customer record, make sure you update your details.

Even if your course has the same name and the only change is your educational institution, you still need to let us know.

Follow these 3 steps:

  1. Update your study details in your Centrelink online account through myGov by ending your course that's currently on record. To do this, add the date you stopped your previous course to the end date field.
  2. Add a new course by adding new study details.
  3. Click submit.

A change in circumstances

If there's been a change in your circumstances, you must let us know within 14 days. If you don't tell us, it may affect your payment and you may need to pay back money we've paid you. Avoid a debt and tell us.

Changes to your study may affect your eligibility to the Student Start-up Loan.

Next steps

Tell us if there's been a change in your study.

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Page last updated: 31 August 2017