Australian Government Scholarships

Australian Government Scholarships

Student Start-up Scholarship

The Student Start-up Scholarship provides assistance with the upfront cost of study for eligible higher education students.

If you received a Student Start-up Scholarship, or a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship, before 1 January 2016 and have not had a break in payment, you may continue to be paid until you come off your student payment. If you are in this group, you cannot receive a Student Start-up loan as well as your scholarship.

To be eligible for the Student Start-up Scholarship you must:

  • have previously received a Student Start-up Scholarship or Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship;
  • not have had a break in receiving your student payment;
  • be studying full time in an approved scholarship course delivered by an approved higher education provider;
  • receive at least $1 of Youth Allowance as a student, $1 of Austudy or $1 of ABSTUDY Living Allowance in the fortnight in which the scholarship is payable;
  • continue full time study within 35 days of qualifying for the scholarship; and
  • continue to undertake full time study 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship.

You will continue to receive the scholarship until you come off your student payment. If you have a break in payment (for example, you take a leave of absence from your course) you will no longer be eligible for the scholarship.

If you receive or qualify for the Commonwealth Scholarship paid by the Department of Education or a Student Start-up Scholarship paid by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, or a Student Start-up Loan, you will not be eligible for a Student Start-up Scholarship paid by the Department of Human Services.

If you meet the above criteria but have had a break in your payment or are a new student, then you can apply for the Student Start-up Loan.

For further information, see the Student Start-up Scholarship page on the Department of Human Services website.

Student Start-up Loan

The Student Start-up Loan is a voluntary loan available to eligible full time students in higher education who receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance.

The Student Start-up Loan is not paid automatically. If you want this loan, you have to apply for it.

Loans are tax free. You have to repay the loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) when your income exceeds the minimum repayment threshold, as you would with Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP) and Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) debts. Read more about repayment thresholds on the ATO website.

The Student Start-up Loan is not available if you have previously received, and are still eligible for, the Student Start-up Scholarship.

To be eligible for a Student Start-up Loan for a loan period, you must:

  • be studying full time, or have our approval to do a reduced study load, in an approved scholarship course;
  • be receiving Youth Allowance as a student, Austudy or ABSTUDY Living Allowance;
  • provide your Tax File Number with your loan application;
  • apply before the end of the loan period and at least 35 days before your course ends; and
  • not be receiving a Student Start-up Scholarship, or qualify for a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship, for the same period.

There are two loan periods each calendar year: 1 January to 30 June, and 1 July to 31 December. If you are eligible, you can apply for 1 Student Start-up Loan for each loan period during your course. You cannot get more than 2 loans per calendar year.

Each Student Start-up Loan is a set amount of $1,035 per loan period. The amount will be indexed on 1 January each year.

For further information, see the Student Start-up Loan page on the Department of Human Services website.

Relocation Scholarship

The Relocation Scholarship offered by the Australian government is a payment made once a year to help eligible ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance students with their higher education if they have relocated to or from a regional or remote area to study. Austudy students are not eligible for the Relocation Scholarship.

To be eligible for the Relocation Scholarship you must meet certain criteria.

You may be eligible for this payment if you:

  • are studying full time in an approved scholarship course
  • are a dependent and need to live away from your family home to study, or meet specific scholarship independence criteria
  • are relocating to or from a regional or remote area to study
  • receive at least $1 of Youth Allowance as a student or ABSTUDY Living Allowance
  • are expected to start or continue full time study within 35 days after qualifying for the scholarship
  • are undertaking or will undertake full time study in an approved scholarship course on day 35 after the course start date or after you first qualify for the scholarship, whichever is later

If you are undertaking a compulsory practical placement as part of your approved scholarship course you may qualify for the Relocation Scholarship if you:

  • have not already received a Relocation Scholarship for the same year
  • meet all the eligibility requirements for the scholarship, and
  • have a placement in a regional or remote location

Verification of the location of the compulsory placement will be required before the Relocation Scholarship can be paid.

Students who have already received a Relocation Scholarship payment during the calendar year are not eligible for an additional scholarship payment in the same year, even if they have to relocate again to undertake a compulsory practical placement.

Further information regarding the Relocation Scholarship, including scholarship amounts, is available from the Department of Human Services of the Australian government.