Payments for students and trainees

Help for students, trainees and Australian Apprentices.

There are changes to student payments from 1 January 2019 that may affect you. This might apply to you if you get, or are going to get, ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance.

Payments to help you while you study or complete an Australian Apprenticeship

We give eligible students, trainees and Australian Apprentices financial help with everyday costs of living and some study expenses.

Our intro to student payments video will give you an overview of what we offer.

Main payments for students

If you’re studying, training or doing an Australian Apprenticeship, you may get 1 of 4 main payments.

Youth Allowance for students and apprentices is financial help if you’re 24 or younger and studying or an Australian Apprentice either:

  • studying full time
  • doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship
  • independent or needing to live away from home to study
  • temporarily unable to study.

Austudy is the main income support payment if you’re 25 or older and a full time student or Australian Apprentice.

ABSTUDY is financial help for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and Australian Apprentices.

Assistance for Isolated Children is a group of payments for parents and carers of children who can't go to a local state school because of geographical isolation, disability or special needs.

Other payments and support for students

You may get extra help if you’re a student, trainee or an Australian Apprentice.

Education Entry Payment is a yearly payment you get when you start study and get certain income support from us.

Pensioner Education Supplement is a payment to help with study costs if you get certain income support payments.

Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan you can get up to twice a year if you’re an eligible higher education student.

Help if you’re moving to study

Fares Allowance helps with travel costs between your permanent home and place of tertiary study if you get certain payments from us.

Relocation Scholarship is a once a year payment if you get Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY. You must also move to or from a regional or remote area for higher education study.

Help with living costs

You might also get payments or assistance to help with your living costs.

Rent Assistance is an automatic payment if you pay rent and get certain payments from us.

Low Income Health Care Card is a card to get cheaper health care and medicines if you’re on a low income.

Help while studying if you have a disability

Youth Disability Supplement is a payment if you have a physical, intellectual or psychiatric disability and get income support payments.

Find out what you can get

You can find out what payments and services you may be eligible for using our:

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More help and information for students

You can also get information and help from local organisations. Use Payment and Service Finder to find assistance in your local area.

Information about Australian Apprenticeships and tertiary study

Australian Apprenticeships provides information and resources about Australian apprenticeships and the support available.

My Skills is the national directory of Vocational Education and Training (VET) organisations and courses. It lets you search for and compare courses and providers.

StudyAssist provides information for students about Australian Government help for tertiary study, including information about subsidised fees and government loans. The website also has information about VET Student Loans.

Help with mental health issues

If you’re experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, you may find it helpful to talk to somebody about your mental health.

You can talk to a social worker about your situation. You might get a payment from us if you’re experiencing a crisis or need special help.

Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation and helps young people who are going through a tough time.

Help with managing your money

It helps to do some financial planning if you’re a student in:

  • high school
  • TAFE
  • university
  • a private college.

Take the stress away for your costs of travel, study and tools and have a budget in place. Read more about how to manage money while you study or train.

MoneySmart also has tips to help students manage their money. Read more on the studying section of the MoneySmart website.

Page last updated: 19 November 2018