Do you need to travel for the start of the school year?

3 February 2020

If you get ABSTUDY, you can use ABSTUDY Fares Allowance to travel to school or uni.

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The big sales are over and now it’s time to go back to school.

ABSTUDY Fares Allowance can cover the cost of travelling to school for the new year.

To get it, you need to be getting ABSTUDY. You also need to live away from home to study.

You can use ABSTUDY Fares Allowance to travel from your home to any of these place:

  • boarding school
  • hostel
  • university
  • other higher education provider.

You can also use ABSTUDY Fares Allowance to attend an interview or orientation at a school. Once school starts, you can use it to return home for certain reasons during the year. You could use it for a trip home each school holidays if you’re in secondary school. Or a trip home anytime during the year if you’re in uni.

ABSTUDY Fares Allowance covers the most reasonable cost of travel. We work this out when you claim. This means we might not be able to cover your full travel amount. This is if you use travel that’s more expensive than this.

For example, you may want to take a plane but a train would’ve been the most reasonable trip. If this is the case, we’ll only reimburse you for the cost of the train trip.

If you’re a secondary student, you usually travel with someone, like a parent or guardian. If that’s the case, they’ll get ABSTUDY Fares Allowance as well.

You can claim ABSTUDY Fares Allowance before or after your trip. If you claim before, we’ll book travel for you. If you claim after you travel, we’ll pay you back. Find out more about how to claim.

Next steps

Read more about ABSTUDY Fares Allowance or call the ABSTUDY line to claim it.

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Page last updated: 4 February 2020