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Financial assistance

Government financial assistance

The Australian Government offers financial assistance to tertiary students, including the main payments listed below. See Payments for students and trainees for all types of support.

  • Austudy is a payment to eligible full-time students over the age of 25.
  • Youth Allowance is a payment to eligible full-time students under the age of 25.
  • ABSTUDY provides financial support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying or undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship.
  • Student Start-up Loan is available to eligible full-time students to help with the up-front costs of studying, such as textbooks and specialised equipment.
  • Relocation Scholarship is an annual payment for eligible people on Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance who have to live away from the family home to study.
  • Education Entry Payment is paid to eligible students returning to study or training to improve skills and qualifications.


Students subject to financial hardship may be eligible to apply for a University Bursary. Please consult the Bursary policy before completing a Bursary Application form. Ensure you contact your College for assistance prior to submission.