Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices

Allowable time for study

Your student payment is not paid indefinitely. The amount of time you can get your payment is called allowable time.

Allowable time limits

If you run out of allowable time, your student payment will stop.

We base your allowable time on the minimum time it normally takes for you to complete your course as a full time student. For example, if you’re studying a 3 year degree, we expect you to complete it in 3 years.

If you’re in year 12, you have 2 attempts to complete it.

If you’re studying honours, we allow you an extra year to finish.

Normal length of the course Allowable time
1 year or less up to twice the course length
more than 1 year and at least 1 subject in the current year is a year long subject the minimum time for the course plus 1 year
more than 1 year with no year long subjects the minimum time for the course plus 1 semester

Previous study without Youth Allowance

If you start your course before claiming Youth Allowance, any previous study you have done for this course will count in your allowable time. It doesn’t matter if you were getting a payment or not.

Studying more courses at the same level

You may be able to do a second course at the same level as part of an Activity Agreement, even if you didn’t complete your first course. We base your allowable time on your second course.

If you completed previous study, you don’t need an Activity Agreement to do more courses at the same level, as long as you complete your previous courses.

Circumstances beyond your control

If you can’t complete the course within the allowable time and it’s beyond your control, you may still be considered to be making satisfactory progress depending on your situation.

Circumstances beyond your control include if you:

  • are, or have been, disabled by an illness or other medical condition
  • have suffered family trauma
  • have experienced a natural disaster
  • had to relocate and repeat part of a course, or start again, because of education institution rules
  • had to care for a family member, or
  • have something else that stops you completing your study within the allowable time

If you think there’s something we need to take into account, contact us.

Page last updated: 12 May 2018