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:
- Carer Payment for an adult or child
- Disability Support Pension
- Newstart Allowance as a single main carer
- Parenting Payment single
- Special Benefit (as a single parent)
- Widow Allowance
- Widow B Pension
- Wife Pension if your partner gets Disability Support Pension, or
- Youth Allowance as a single main carer.
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 one of these payments:
- Invalidity Service PensionYou may be eligible if you meet the study rules and get one of these payments:
- Partner Service Pension if your partner gets an Invalidity Service Pension
- Partner Service Pension and Carer Allowance.
You can also get the supplement if you have a dependent child and get:
- Defence Widow Pension
- Special Rate Disability Pension
- War Widow Pension
- compensation under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act.
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 either:
- a secondary course
- an undergraduate course
- a graduate course
- certain masters courses
- a TAFE course
- 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.
If you’re a part time student, you must meet one of the following:
- be 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
- get Youth Allowance or Newstart Allowance.
Part time study is at least 25% of a full time study load.
Page last updated: 4 September 2019