You need to meet eligibility requirements to get ABSTUDY, and how much you'll get.
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Who can get it
You can get ABSTUDY if you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian and meet certain criteria.
What it covers
ABSTUDY can help with your study costs and housing if you need to travel to study.
There are 7 ABSTUDY awards that help us work out which payments you can get.
Dependent or independent
If you apply for ABSTUDY, we’ll assess you as being dependent or independent for payment.
Income and assets tests
We use income and assets tests to check if you can get some ABSTUDY payments and how much you might get.
Higher rates when living away from home
You may get a higher rate of ABSTUDY if you need to live away from home to study or do your Australian Apprenticeship.
There are extra ABSTUDY allowances you may get to help with your study costs.
Residential Costs Option
An option for students to help pay residential costs while living away from home to study.
The amount of ABSTUDY you get depends on your situation.
Distance and online education
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
Approved courses and institutions for ABSTUDY
You must study an approved course with an approved institution to get ABSTUDY or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement.