Have you changed how much study you’re doing?
3 June 2019
Your payment may change if you’ve dropped a subject or stopped studying.
You need to tell us within 14 days if you change your study, so you don’t get a debt.
Tell us if you drop a subject
If you’ve dropped a subject, you may not be studying full time.
Your place of study can tell you how many subjects make a full time study load. This may be on their website.
Find out more about full time study.
Tell us if you stop studying
If you stop studying, your student payment may stop. There may be a waiting period before you can get other payments such as Newstart allowance.
You must be studying, or doing an Australian Apprenticeship to get these payments:
Tell us about other changes to your situation
There are other changes you need to tell us about. Find out what changes you need to tell us about for:
You must let us know about changes within 14 days. If you don’t, you may owe us money.
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Explore your options
If you have stopped studying make sure you tell us. Also take some time to think about your options.
Check out some websites that can help you find a career that is right for you.
If you still don’t know what to do, you could consider taking a gap year. A gap year is where you do something very different to what you have done before. This is usually in a different place to where you normally live. A gap year may help you to find out what interests you. You could:
- work and save some money for when you go back to study a different course
- work somewhere else in Australia
- work overseas on a working holiday visa, or volunteer overseas and see the world.
Read more about your career options.
Tell us about any changes to your study within 14 days, so you don’t get a debt.
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Page last updated: 3 June 2019