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

There are changes to approved courses that may impact your eligibility for a payment. Go to the Department of Social Services website for information.

If you get a letter saying you’re not eligible, there’s still time to change your study options to align with approved courses and institutions.

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.

Read more about who can get it

How much you can get

There are 2 different rates of Pensioner Education Supplement you can get depending on your circumstances.

Read more about how much you can get

Residence rules

On the day you claim Pensioner Education Supplement, you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.

Read more about residence rules

Approved courses and institutions

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

Read more about approved courses and institutions


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


  • 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.

Read more about travelling 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


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: 7 February 2018