Studying but can’t get a student payment?

3 May 2022

Students who don’t qualify for Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY may still be able to get a health care card.

The Low Income Health Care Card can help you cover some health care costs when you don’t earn much. This is even if your parents or partner earn too much for you to get a student payment.

For example, you could get a Low Income Health Care Card if you’re a single student and you:

  • meet residence rules
  • earn $656 a week or less or $5,248 or less in an 8-week period.

With your card you could get cheaper medicine and bulk billed doctors’ visits. Depending on where you live, you may get other benefits and discounts on bills.

You can put in a claim for the card using your Centrelink online account through myGov. Once you have your card, you can view it in your digital wallet.

Read more about who can get a Low Income Health Care Card.

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Page last updated: 3 May 2022