What it's for

ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance higher rate is for fees at schools that aren’t public high schools. Often this is a boarding school.

This allowance is to help pay the fees your school charges for:

  • general services and facilities
  • tuition
  • some school subjects, including sport if it’s a subject.

It can also be for:

  • materials for a school subject
  • school magazines
  • hiring a locker
  • hiring a laptop or tablet
  • hiring books
  • exams.

What it isn’t for

The allowance isn’t for:

  • stationery
  • buying a laptop or tablet
  • special clothing, such as aprons for art
  • incidentals, such as purchases from the school shop
  • laundry fees or buying linen
  • fees for a Parents and Citizens Association or similar group
  • payments to school building funds
  • insurance for school activities.
Page last updated: 19 May 2023.
QC 64830