Claim Pensioner Education Supplement before your course starts

6 March 2019

You can submit your claim up to 13 weeks before starting your course. We’ll pay you from the first day you’re eligible.

Pensioner Education Supplement is a fortnightly payment to help with study costs. You may be eligible if you meet study rules and get certain income support payments.

There are rules about when you need to submit your claim. The date you need to claim by depends on your situation.

Full year courses

For full year courses, you should submit your claim by a specific date. That date is:

  • 31 March in the year you started study, if you started in semester 1
  • 31 July in the year you started study, if you started in semester 2.

For example, Jess is claiming for a degree course she started on 25 February 2019, in semester 1. She submits her claim on 5 March 2019. She submitted her claim by the due date of 31 March 2019. She also meets all the eligibility criteria on the date she claimed. This means she has met the conditions that apply to her situation. We’ll backdate her payment to the earliest possible date.

If you’re doing a full year course and miss the specific claim date for your semester, you can still claim. You’ll need to submit your claim both:

  • within 4 weeks of starting the course
  • within 4 weeks of becoming eligible for the supplement.

Short courses

There isn’t a rule about specific dates if you’re doing a short course. In this case, you need to submit your claim both:

  • within 4 weeks of starting the course
  • within 4 weeks of becoming eligible for the supplement.

For example, Sam is claiming for a short course he started on 21 January 2019. He submitted his claim on 11 February 2019. He met all eligibility criteria on the date he claimed. This means he met both of the ‘4 weeks’ rules and we’ll backdate his payment to the earliest possible date.

You can submit a claim for Pensioner Education Supplement any of these ways:

Remember, meeting all the conditions that apply to you means we can pay you from the earliest possible date.

Next steps

Find out if you’re eligible for Pensioner Education Supplement and read more about how to claim.

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