How we pay the allowance

We pay the School Fees Allowance higher rate to the school, board provider or to you.

We normally pay the allowance to the school or board provider unless you choose to pay the fees yourself.

If you pay the school fees directly, you need to show us a receipt from the school.

We pay the allowance in different ways depending on where your child is boarding. We may either pay by instalments, by the term or annually.

You must let us know if anything changes so you don’t get overpaid. You can do this by calling the ABSTUDY line.

Boarding schools and some hostels

We pay in 2 instalments each term. One instalment at the beginning of the term and another 1 towards the end of the term. This is if your child is boarding at 1 of the following:

  • a boarding school
  • a hostel that’s signatory to the Standard Hostels Agreement
  • an approved ABSTUDY Homestay arrangement.

We need to confirm your child has started boarding before we can pay you.

Sometimes the school fees are less than the rate of the allowance you’re eligible for. If this applies, we’ll pay the unused allowance to your school or board provider to cover any outstanding boarding costs.

Other hostels and private board

We pay the allowance in 1 annual instalment when your child starts school if they’re either in a:

  • hostel that’s NOT signatory to the Standard Hostels Agreement
  • private board arrangement.

Students who live at home

We pay the allowance by the term for a student who lives at home.

Page last updated: 1 January 2021