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Pensioner Education Supplement
The Pensioner Education Supplement helps with the ongoing costs of study in secondary or tertiary courses.
Pensioner Education Supplement is available to some Centrelink and Veterans’ Affairs customers if they are also full-time students, or in some circumstances, part-time students.
From 1 January 2014 customers receiving Newstart Allowance who are single and the principal carer of their children, will be eligible for the supplement, provided they meet all the other rules.
2. Other eligibility rules
To receive Pensioner Education Supplement you must meet the following rules:
· Time limits—previous study may count towards how long you can receive the supplement for your new course.
· Residence—you must be an Australian resident, normally live in Australia and be in Australia on the day you lodge your claim. Newly arrived residents generally have to wait some time before payments can start, with some exemptions.
· Approved courses—you need to be studying an approved course at an approved institution.
3. Payment rates
Payment is usually $62.40 per fortnight but if you are studying part-time, you may receive a lower rate of $31.20 per fortnight.
4. Proof of enrolment
You may be asked to provide proof that you are enrolled in your course. If we need this information, we will ask you for it.
5. Activity Test requirements
If you are a single principal carer on Newstart Allowance and you have been granted Pensioner Education Supplement for your course, your study may count towards your Activity Test requirements. Speak to us or your employment services provider about this.
1. Payments applies to：
You must study an approved course with an approved institution to get:
-Youth Allowance as a student
-Pensioner Education Supplement (PES).
You can’t get Austudy if you’ve already done a doctorate.
You can’t get Pensioner Education Supplement if you’ve already done a:
There can sometimes be different course and provider criteria for ABSTUDY.
2. Approved courses and institutions:
Approved courses of study may include:
-secondary school course
-special school course
-school based apprenticeship
-pre-vocational or vocational education course
-a course preparing you for tertiary study
-a TAFE or university course
-English as a Second Language course.
3. Approved institutions may include:
-TAFE or a registered training organisation (RTO)
-higher education institution, like a university.
4. Approved Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses:
To be an approved course at diploma level or higher, the VET course must be:
-approved for the VET Student Loan (VSL), and
-done with an institution approved to provide VSL courses.
This applies to VET courses for Youth Allowance, Austudy or PES.
You won’t need to take out a VSL to get a payment from us. The course and institutions only need to be able to offer it.
If you’re applying for ABSTUDY different criteria may apply.
5. Approved higher education courses:
You can get Youth Allowance, Austudy or PES for higher education courses. To be an approved course the institution must be approved for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). This includes:
You won’t have to take out a HELP loan to get a payment from us. The course only needs to be eligible for it.
6. Approved distance and online education:
If you study by distance education, you need to do an approved course with an approved institution.
7. Approved masters courses:
The Department of Social Services approves masters courses. Generally, only masters by coursework may be eligible for student payments.
A list of approved masters courses is available on the Federal Register of Legislation website.
You might be doing a combined masters degree and only one of the degrees appears on the Student Determination. If this is the case, you may be approved to get a student payment if:
you can study the approved degree full time, and the start and finish dates of the approved degree are clearly defined from the second degree.
8. Unapproved courses
If you are getting a payment and your course becomes unapproved, you’ll keep getting your payment until:
-your course ends, or
-you stop studying the course, or
-there’s a break in your payment.
If you withdraw from your course and then re-enrol in the same course, we won’t reinstate your payment.