Check if you can get a student payment

17 February 2020

Before you apply for a student payment, you should check if you’re eligible.

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If you’re about to start studying or doing an Australian Apprenticeship you may be able to get one of these student payments:

We pay these fortnightly. They help with the financial costs of living, and some study expenses.

You can’t get these student payments if you have other financial help to study. For example, Newstart or another income support payment.

Each payment has its own criteria you’ll have to meet, like income and assets. Whose income we look at depends on the payment, if you’re independent from your parents or have a partner.

Youth Allowance

Youth Allowance is for full time students in an approved course aged 18 to 24. Australian Apprentices can also get it from the age of 16.

If you’re 16 or 17 you might still be able to get it. For example if you’re studying a tertiary course full time or living away from home to study.

You can apply for Youth Allowance online.


If you’re 25 or older, you may be able to get Austudy. You usually need to be a full time student in an approved course or doing a full time Australian Apprenticeship.

In some cases, you might be able to get Austudy to study part time in an approved course.

You can apply for Austudy online.


To get ABSTUDY, you must be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Australian.

You must also be studying an approved course or doing an Australian Apprenticeship.

You can apply for ABSTUDY online.

Another way to check if you can get help

If your situation doesn’t match any of our student payments, you may still be able to get help. See what you can get based on your situation using our Payment and Service Finder. This can also estimate how much you get.

Next steps

You can save time by asking questions at Student Update on Facebook or Twitter. Remember, you shouldn’t share your personal details when you contact us in a public space like social media.

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Page last updated: 17 February 2020