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Financial Support for Students


Bob: “Thank you so much for lending me that money. I shall be everlastingly in your debt.”

John: “That’s what I’m afraid of!”


 What types of financial support exist?

Government HELP Loans

HECS - HELP (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Must provide TFN
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Permanent humanitarian visa
  • New Zealand Special Category Visa
  • Must be enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (University)

OS-HELP (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Must provide TFN
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Permanent humanitarian visa
  • New Zealand Special Category Visa
  • Never received OS-HELP before
  • Be enrolled in full-time study overseas

SA -HELP (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Must provide TFN
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Permanent humanitarian visa
  • New Zealand Special Category Visa
  • Be enrolled in a course (University)

FEE-HELP (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Must provide TFN
  • Australian Citizenship
  • Permanent humanitarian visa
  • New Zealand Special Category Visa
  • Must be enrolled in an approved FEE‑HELP provider

 

Government Assistance

Youth Allowance (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • You must be: 16 – 24
  • An Australian resident
  • Study full time, or
  • Looking for full-time work, or
  • Have a full-time Australian Apprenticeship

ABSTUDY (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Australian Citizenship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Australian Apprentices
  • Study an approved course
  • Not getting any payment to study

Austudy opens in a new window

Features:

  • You must be: 25 or older
  • Australian Apprentice or traineeship
  • Study full time in an approved course
  • Be under the income and assets test limits

Assistance for Isolated Children (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • Check for eligibility
  • Must meet one of the isolation conditions
  • Must meet the requirements of age, study and living

 

Scholarships & Grants

Visit the Australia Awards website to find more information.

Australia Awards (opens in a new window)

Visit the Endeavour website to find more information.

Endeavour Scholarships & Fellowships (opens in a new window)

Visit the Aussie Educator website to find more information.

Aussie Educator (opens in a new window)

Scholarships (States & Territories; Indigenous)

Visit the SARRAH website to find more information.

SARRAH (Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health) (opens in a new window)

 

Students Loans

Student Start-Up Loan (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • study an approved course
  • get Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY
  • apply at least 35 days before your course ends

 

 

VET Student Loans (opens in a new window)

Features:

  • an Australian citizen
  • a qualifying New Zealand citizen
  • a permanent humanitarian visa holder
  • study the approved course
  • a Unique Student Identifier (USI)
  • the Tax File Number (TFN)

 

Questions & Answers

Am I eligible to get financial support?

Yes, but you must meet certain criteria.

Features: Type of Study / Citizenship status / A study in Australia or not / Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander

Visit the Study Assist website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Financial Support (Eligibility)

Am I eligible to get some discounts on health care?

You may get a Health Care Card for up to 1 year.

Visit the Human Services website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Health Care Card (Eligibility)

Am I eligible to get rent assistance?

Yes, you may get a regular extra payment.

Visit the Human Services website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Rent Assistance (Eligibility)

Where can I find and compare payments?

Visit the Centrelink website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Centrelink (Payment & Service Finder)

Centrelink Youth & Student Line: 132 490

Where can I find information about financial support in all States and Territories?

Visit the Aussie Educator website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Aussie Educator (Financial Support - State & Territory information)

What types of payments are there for young persons with a disability?

Visit the Human Services website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Human Services (Youth Disability Supplement)

What types of payments can students, trainees & Australian Apprentices get?

Eligible students, trainees and Australian Apprentices may get financial help with everyday costs of living and some study expenses.

Visit the Human Services website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Payments for Students, Trainees & Australian Apprentice

Where can I find more information about how to manage my money?

Visit the Money Smart website to find more information (opens in a new window)

Money Smart (Financial guidance)

 

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