How much you can get

There are 2 different rates of Pensioner Education Supplement you can get depending on your circumstances.

You’ll get $62.40 a fortnight if you’re an approved student studying full time.

You’ll also get this amount if you’re an approved student studying at least a 50% full time course load. And you get 1 of the following payments:

  • Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment Partnered in certain circumstances
  • Carer Payment
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Widow B Pension or Widow Allowance
  • Disability Support Pension
  • Wife Pension, where your partner is receiving a disability support pension
  • Special Benefit as a sole parent.

You’ll also get this amount if you’re an approved student studying at least a 50% full time course load. And you get 1 of the following payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

  • Partner Service Pension
  • Carer Service Pension
  • Veteran Payment
  • Income Support Supplement
  • War Widow Pension or War Widower Pension with a dependent child
  • Invalidity service pension.

You’ll get $62.40 if you’re an approved student studying at least a 25% full time course load. And you get 1 of these payments:

  • Disability Support Pension
  • Invalidity service pension
  • income support supplement, paid under permanently incapacitated, from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

You’ll get $31.20 a fortnight if you’re an approved student studying between a 25% and 50% full time course load. And you get 1 of the following payments:

  • Youth Allowance, Newstart Allowance or Parenting Payment Partnered in certain circumstances
  • Carer Payment
  • Parenting Payment Single
  • Widow B Pension
  • Widow Allowance
  • Wife Pension, where their partner is receiving a disability support pension
  • Special Benefit as a sole parent.

You’ll get $31.20 a fortnight if you’re an approved student studying between a 25% and 50% full time course load. And you get 1 of the following payments from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs:

  • Partner Service Pension
  • Carer Service Pension
  • Income Support Supplement
  • Veteran payment
  • War Widow Pension or War Widower Pension with a dependent child.

How often you’ll get it

You’ll get this supplement every 2 weeks.

How long you’ll get it for

There are limits on how long you can get the Pensioner Education Supplement for.

We’ll calculate how long you’ll get the supplement based on both:

  • the least time it takes to complete the course
  • any other study or courses you’ve done.

Page last updated: 14 January 2020