What it's for

ABSTUDY School Fees Allowance at home rate is for fees at public high schools.

This allowance is to help pay the fees public high schools charge 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.

School Fees Allowance at home rate also isn’t for private school fees. Some students can get School Fees Allowance higher rate if they can’t attend public school.

Page last updated: 13 October 2023.
QC 64819