Relocation Scholarship

A once a year payment if you get ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance and need to move from a regional or remote area for higher education study.

If you’re on Austudy you can’t get this payment.

Eligibility & payment rates

Eligibility

To be eligible for the Relocation Scholarship you must meet certain criteria.

Read more about eligibility

Independent students

To get a Relocation Scholarship as an independent there must be a special reason.

Who’s independent

The independence rules for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY are not special reasons.

Special reasons

To be a special reason, the main reason why you’re independent must be one of these.

If you get Youth Allowance:

  • you can’t live at home
  • you’re an orphan
  • your parents can’t look after you
  • you have or had a child
  • you’re a refugee
  • you’re in state care
  • you’re specially disadvantaged

If you get ABSTUDY:

  • you can’t live at home
  • you’re an orphan
  • your parents can’t look after you
  • you have or had a child
  • you’re caring for someone else’s child
  • you have adult status in a traditional community
  • you’ve been in prison for 6 months or more
  • you’ve returned to live in an Indigenous community:
    • after living in a non-Indigenous family
    • for more than 2 years
    • as an adoptee or foster child

Payment rates

Your payment rate depends on:

  • where your family home is
  • where your course is
  • what year of study you’re in

How much you’ll get

If your family home is in a regional or remote area

You’ll get:

  • $4,376 in the first year you need to live away from home to study
  • $2,189 per year in the second and third years
  • $1,094 per year after that
If your family home isn’t in a regional or remote area but your course is

You’ll get:

  • $4,376 in the first year you need to live away from home to study
  • $1,094 per year after that
If your family home and your course are in major cities

Even if they’re in different cities, you won’t be eligible for this payment.

Check if an area is regional or remote

Use the Student Regional Area Search tool to find out if your family home or course is in a regional or remote area.

When and how we pay

We pay Relocation Scholarship once a year.

You need to meet all the eligibility rules before we pay it.

It won’t show up in your online account or in the app until we’ve paid it.

In your first year of the scholarship

Once you’re eligible you’ll get the scholarship with your next Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment of at least $1.

It doesn’t matter what time of year you become eligible. We’ll pay as long as there are at least 35 days before the end of your course.

After the first year

You’ll get the scholarship with your first Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY payment of at least $1 after 21 February.

Example

Stan is at a regional uni and lives with his parents. In August his parents move to another regional town. Stan goes to live on campus to continue his course.

He can now get the away from home rate of Youth Allowance and a Relocation Scholarship. He still has 2 years of study left, so he’ll be in full time study 35 days after he became eligible.

Next time he gets at least $1 of Youth Allowance, he’ll get the scholarship at the same time.

Family home

Where your family home is determines:

  • if you can get a Relocation Scholarship
  • your payment rate in your second and third years of study

What family home means

If you’re:

  • a dependent student, it’s the current home address of your parent or guardian
  • an independent student, it’s the address where you lived 6 months before you started your course

Check if an area is rural or remote

Use the Student Regional Area Search tool to find out if your family home is in a regional, remote or city area.

You can also use this tool to check what kind of area your course campus is in.

Study rules

You must:

  • start or continue full time study in an approved scholarship course within 35 days after your qualifying date for this scholarship
  • be in full time study in an approved scholarship course on day 35 after:
    • the course start date, or
    • your qualifying date

Qualifying date

This is the first date you meet all the eligibility rules for this payment. This includes getting at least $1 of Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.

It can be earlier than the date we pay your scholarship.

If you change your study

If you stop meeting all the eligibility rules, your scholarship will stop.

Normally you won’t need to pay us back. You just won’t get a payment next year.

You may need to pay us back if you don’t meet the 35 day rules.

35 day rules

When you need to pay us back

You’ll have to pay us back if we’ve already paid your scholarship for the year and:

  • you didn’t start or restart your course within 35 days after your qualifying date, or
  • you’re not in approved full time study on the 35th day after your course started

When you turn 22

Most people won’t qualify for a Relocation Scholarship after they turn 22.

If you qualify when you’re 21, you’ll still get it if you turn 22 after your qualifying date. But you won’t get it again.

What may be different

You may still get the scholarship until you finish your course if:

  • you got it before you were 22
  • you’re an independent student, and
  • there’s a special reason why you’re independent

You won’t keep getting it if you change courses after turning 22.

Approved scholarship courses

Your course must be:

Courses

The course can be:

  • one that leads to a degree or diploma, or
  • a preparatory course before you start a degree or diploma

It can’t be a vocational education or training course.

It must be on the National Register of Higher Education Providers listed on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency website.

Providers

Approved providers are:

  • universities
  • some private colleges
  • some TAFE colleges

They must be on the National Register of Higher Education Providers listed on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency website.

Find out if your course is okay

Look up your course on the National Register of Higher Education Providers on the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency website, to check if it’s approved.

If it’s on the list, you may get the scholarship for it.

Practical placements

You can get a Relocation Scholarship if you need to move away from home for a practical placement.

The prac must be:

  • a compulsory part of your course
  • in a regional or remote area

You must also meet the eligibility criteria and 35 day rules.

You can’t get a Relocation Scholarship for prac if you’ve already got one in the same year.

Verify your place of study

You need to show you’re moving to a regional or remote area for a compulsory prac.

To do this:

  • fill in the student part of the Verification of Campus form
  • get your course provider to fill in the Campus details part of the form and sign it
  • submit the form to us with any documents it asks for

You can submit online or at a service centre.

Managing your payment

Tell us about changes

You must tell us within 14 days if your circumstances change.

For example, we need to know if:

  • your family home address changes
  • you drop out of your course
  • you change to a different course

How to tell us

You can tell us about changes at any time:

What happens if you don’t tell us

If you don’t tell us about changes, you may:

  • not get a payment next year
  • have to pay back your scholarship for this year

Resources

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.

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Page last updated: 27 August 2017