A regular extra payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support from us.
- 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 Better Alignment of Student Payments which may change this information from 1 January 2018.
You can read more about the proposed changes on the Department of Social Services website.
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.
How much you can get
There are 2 different rates of Pensioner Education Supplement you can get depending on your circumstances.
On the day you claim Pensioner Education Supplement, you must be an Australian resident and in Australia.
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.
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
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.
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.