Pensioner Education Supplement

A regular extra payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support from us.

Eligibility basics

  • getting a payment from us that has this benefit as an add on and
  • studying an approved course and
  • a full time student or
  • a part time student if you’re a single parent, get some kinds of income support payments from us or have a disability, illness or injury
The 2017–18 Budget includes a measure Aligning the Pensioner Education Supplement and Education Entry Payment which may impact or change this information. The measure is subject to the passage of legislation.

Eligibility & payment rates

Who can get it

You can get the supplement if you meet study rules and get certain payments from us or the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Payments from us

You may be eligible if you meet the study rules and get:

What may be different

You may keep getting Pensioner Education Supplement or ABSTUDY Pensioner Education Supplement in some cases if you are in the same course and transfer to:

Payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

You may be eligible if you meet the study rules and get:

What may be different

You can also get the supplement if you have a dependent child and get:

Study rules

You meet these rules if you’re studying an approved course as a full time or part time student.

Type of course

You’re eligible if studying:

  • a secondary course
  • an undergraduate course
  • a graduate course
  • certain masters courses
  • a TAFE course, or
  • a diploma

Read about approved courses and institutions.

Full time or part time

You must be studying as a:

  • full time student, or
  • part time student and you:
    • are a single parent with a dependent child under 16
    • get Carer Payment
    • get a Department of Veteran’s Affairs Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance
    • have a disability, illness or injury that affects your ability to study full time, or
    • get Youth Allowance or Newstart Allowance

Part time study is at least 25% of a full time study load.

How much you can get

There are 2 different payment rates depending on your circumstances.

You’ll get $62.40 a fortnight if you’re an approved student studying full time.

You’ll also get this amount if you’re an approved student who:

  • studies at least a 50% full time course load and:
    • get Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance
    • are a single parent
    • get Carer Payment
    • get a Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance
    • have a disability and don’t get the Disability Support Pension or money from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • studies at least a 25% full time course load and get:
    • Disability Support Pension, or
    • money from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

You’ll get $31.20 a fortnight if you’re an approved student who:

  • studies between a 25% and 50% full time course load and:
    • get Newstart Allowance or Youth Allowance
    • are a single parent
    • get a Carer Payment
    • get a Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance
    • have a disability and don’t get Disability Support Pension or money from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs

How often you’ll get it

You’ll get this supplement every 2 weeks.

How long you’ll get it for

There are limits on how long you can get the Pensioner Education Supplement for.

We’ll calculate how long you’ll get the supplement based on:

  • the least time it takes to complete the course
  • any previous study or courses you’ve done

Residence rules

On the day you claim Pensioner Education Supplement, you must:

To keep getting Pensioner Education Supplement

You must continue to be an Australian resident for as long as you get this payment.

What may be different

Newly arrived residents generally have a 104 week waiting period, with some exemptions.

Approved courses and institutions

You must study an approved course at an approved institution to get Austudy, Youth Allowance as a student, or Pensioner Education Supplement.

Read more about approved courses and institutions

Claiming

Check if you’re eligible before you start your claim.

Then:

  • find out what you need
  • fill in your claim form
  • submit the form and other documents we ask for
  • wait for us to assess your claim and tell you the result

Next read more about claiming

Managing your payment

While travelling outside Australia

If you leave Australia to live in another country, your Pensioner Education Supplement will stop on departure.

Provided you continue to be paid your main payment such as Disability Support Pension or Carer Payment, and you continue studying for instance during holidays or semester breaks, you will continue to receive your Pensioner Education Supplement for up to 6 weeks outside Australia.

You may be able to be paid for more than 6 weeks if you are studying outside Australia as part of a full time Australian course.

Advising us of your travel outside Australia

Check your main payment type to find out whether you should tell us if you are leaving Australia.

Read more about payments while outside Australia.

My bank account is overdrawn

You can get help to manage your money if your bank account is overdrawn.

Read more about what to do if your account is overdrawn

Resources

Help in your language

We have a range of information in your language that you can read, listen to or watch.

We provide free interpreters and translation of documents needed to access our payments and services. 

Call our Multilingual Phone Service to speak to a skilled bilingual service officer about Centrelink payments and services.

Manage your money

 

We’ve got advice and tools to help you with budgeting, borrowing and credit, and managing debt.

Read about how to manage your money.

Page last updated: 1 September 2017