ABSTUDY

Claiming

Check if you're eligible before you start your claim. To get ABSTUDY, you need to claim over the phone or with printed forms by the closing date.

Watch the ABSTUDY Information you should provide to claim video.

Before you start

Check you're eligible for the payment before you start your claim.

Start your claim

Phone claims

You can claim over the phone by calling us on our ABSTUDY students line.

When claiming over the phone you’ll need to confirm the information you’ve given us is true and correct. We’ll tell you if you need to provide documents to support your claim.

After the phone call, we’ll send you a Customer Declaration Form with the information you told us. If the information is right, you don’t need to return the form. If any of the information is wrong, you’ll need to return the form with the right information.

We can’t process claims for Lawful Custody Allowance or Testing and Assessment assistance over the phone. You’ll need to fill in the claim forms below.

Claim forms

If you can’t claim over the phone, you can fill in a claim form. Check which form you need to complete based on your circumstances or those of the person you're claiming for in the table below.

Read the Information you need to know on the form before you fill it in.

Circumstances Form to complete
  • Secondary student 15 or younger and living at home, or
  • Primary school student 14 or older on 1 January that school year and living at home
Claim for ABSTUDY Schooling A
Secondary school student from a remote area who needs to live away from home for school Claim for ABSTUDY Remote Areas
  • Student 16 or older
  • Independent student 15 or older
  • Student in state care
  • Student 15 or younger and living away from home, or
  • Australian Apprentice
Claim for ABSTUDY
Student who gets a Centrelink or Department of Veterans' Affairs qualifying pension or payment< Claim for ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement
  • Part time student
  • Full time student or Australian Apprentice who only wants to claim Incidentals Allowance, or
  • Attending tests or assessments for entry into a tertiary course or the Indigenous Youth Mobility Program

Claim for ABSTUDY allowances and part time award

Information you need to know about your claim for ABSTUDY Allowances and Part time Award

ABSTUDY student or Australian Apprentice in lawful custody Claim for ABSTUDY student or Australian Apprentice in lawful custody

You can:

Supporting forms

When you claim, we might ask you to fill in extra forms. These help us assess your claim and understand your circumstances.

If we ask you for these, you need to submit them within 14 days. You also need to submit your confirmation of identity, if needed.

Circumstances Form to complete
You need to give us more information about yourself ABSTUDY student additional information
You want to claim more course costs, like essential course or material costs ABSTUDY additional incidentals allowance claim
You want to claim costs for travel home during breaks ABSTUDY Fares Allowance claim
You need to travel away from your home for a short period as part of your course ABSTUDY submission for away from base activity funding
You're claiming for an eligible boarding school or hostel that caters for a significant proportion of Indigenous Australian students Claim for boarding supplement for ABSTUDY approved boarders under 16 years
Your circumstances have changed, or you want to make an enquiry ABSTUDY change of circumstances / enquiries sheet
You need to give us parent or guardian details Parent or guardian details
You need to prove your identity Confirmation of identity - verification for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
You can’t live at home and are 18 or older

You need to give us your parent or guardian details to support your independence claim

Parent and guardian additional details

Submit your claim

  1. Check you’ve answered all questions
  2. Sign and date the claim form
  3. Attach any supporting documents
  4. Submit your claim to us

You can submit your claim:

Submit your claim by the closing date

There are different closing dates for ABSTUDY claims, depending on your situation.

We can’t make ABSTUDY payments if we get your claim after the closing date.

If you couldn’t submit your claim on time because of an extreme circumstance, you must give proof of this.

Students claiming ABSTUDY

Circumstances Closing date
Full year course - more than 30 weeks including vacations 31 December in the year of study
Part year or short course - 30 weeks or less including vacations the last day of the course

Students claiming ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement (PES)

You need to submit your claim by the closing date to be paid from the start of your course.  If you submit your claim after the closing date, we may still accept it. However we may only pay you from the date your claim was submitted.

Circumstances Closing date
Full year course - more than 30 weeks including vacations 31 March in the year of study
Course that starts in second semester 31 July in the year of study
Course that is less than 1 year 28 days after the date you start the course
You start getting a qualifying pension or payment for ABSTUDY PES 28 days after the date you start getting the payment

Australian Apprentices claiming ABSTUDY

You must complete and submit your claim by the start date of your apprenticeship. If you submit your claim after your apprenticeship starts, we may still accept it. However, we may only pay you from the date your claim was submitted. 

If a medical condition or special circumstances stop you from doing so, call us on our ABSTUDY students line.

Students or education providers claiming ABSTUDY Away from Base assistance

Circumstances Closing date
Student requesting an advance payment of travel allowance 3 weeks before the activity
Student applying for reimbursement 31 March in the year after study
Education provider with in principal approval applying for reimbursement 31 March in the year after study
Education provider requesting advance payment or approval in principal for reimbursement for eligible ABSTUDY students 6 weeks before the activity
Education provider requesting bulk funding in advance 6 weeks before the first residential school day of the year

You have until 31 March in the year after study to claim a reimbursement for Away from Base assistance. However, you still need to apply for ABSTUDY before the closing date.

Students and Australian Apprentices in lawful custody

You must submit your claim with your receipts by 31 March in the year immediately after the year of study. This is so we can reimburse you for essential course costs.

Wait for the result

After we assess your claim, we'll send you a letter to let you know if you'll get ABSTUDY. If it was successful, the letter will tell you when your payment will start and how much it will be.

You can view, save and print your letters in your online account. You can also subscribe to electronic messaging to get notifications from us by SMS or email.

If you think we’ve made a mistake, you can ask us to reveiw our decision.

Page last updated: 19 July 2018