Have you changed how much you study?

22 May 2020

Let us know if you’ve dropped a subject or stopped studying. Your payment may change.

Your study load can impact your payment. You need to tell us if there are any changes to your study details.

If you’re a secondary school student studying at home, you don’t need to tell us if something has changed. This is as long as you’re still enrolled as a full time student at your school.

If you’ve dropped a subject

If you’re a tertiary student and you’ve decided to drop a subject, you may not be studying full time anymore.

To get Austudy, Youth Allowance or ABSTUDY Living Allowance as a student you usually need to be studying full time. This means doing 75% or more of your course’s normal full time study load. There are some cases where you don’t have a choice and are unable to study full time. If you’re in one of these situations you may still get a payment.

Your place of study can tell you how many subjects make up a full time study load for your course. This may be on your education provider’s website, handbook or your student portal.

If you’ve stopped studying

If you stop studying, it is very important you tell us as your student payment may stop. You may still get paid if you have a temporary condition, like an injury or illness and provide medical certificate. Otherwise, you may need to lodge a new claim for another payment. You may be able to claim for such as JobSeeker Payment or Youth Allowance as a job seeker.

If coronavirus has changed things

Your study load may have changed in 2020 due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

You’ll continue to get your student payment if you remain enrolled in your course. You must also plan to return to full time study once the emergency period caused by coronavirus ends. You’ll still get it if even if 1 of the following apply:

  • you’re in self-isolation
  • your education provider temporarily closes
  • you're no longer studying a full time study load
  • your placement has been cancelled or postponed.

You must call us on the students line if either:

  • you don’t think you’ll study again
  • you're no longer studying a full time study load due to COVID-19.

Other changes to your situation

There are other changes you need to tell us about, like moving back home or stopping or starting work. Find out what changes you need to tell us about for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY.

You can tell us about almost all changes online using either:

In some cases, you’ll need to call us to tell us that something has changed. For example, you’ve been getting the away from home rate but now you’re home and given up your term address.

Next steps

Find more information for students and trainees affected by coronavirus.

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Page last updated: 25 May 2020