Extra benefits and payments you can get with a student payment

4 May 2021

You may get extra help on top of your fortnightly Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY payment.

Sometimes you can get other payments and benefits while you get a student payment.

These can help with the cost of study or other costs of living.

We’ll automatically assess you for the following:

  • Health Care Card, a concession card we send you which helps with cheaper prescription medicines
  • Energy Supplement, an extra payment you may get to cover energy costs
  • Rent Assistance, an extra payment to help you cover the costs of renting or boarding
  • Remote Area Allowance, an extra payment for people living in remote areas.

If you’re eligible, you can claim for any of the following:

  • Pharmaceutical Allowance, if you can’t study due to illness or another medical reason
  • Education Entry Payment, if you’re starting study after being on an income support payment for 12 months or longer
  • Tertiary Access Payment, if you’re a tertiary student who moves to study from an outer regional or remote area
  • Student Start-up Loan, a voluntary $1,094 loan for tertiary students that you’ll have to pay back.

If you’re experiencing anxiety or depression, or going through a crisis, you can talk to a social worker.

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Page last updated: 4 May 2021