Students urged to claim benefits early

University and TAFE students are being urged to apply for financial help before classes resume.
University and TAFE students are being urged to apply for financial help before classes resume.

Australian university and TAFE students are being urged to apply for financial help before classes resume this year.

Subject to eligibility requirements, students under 25 can access up to $503.20 a fortnight in Youth Allowance.

Those over 25 can access up to $462.50 each fortnight under Austudy.

Indigenous Australian can also access payments help with study costs, boarding and travel from the student's home to their school, TAFE or university.

In the 2019-20 financial year, 554,000 Youth Allowance and Austudy claims were processed, a significant jump on the 356,000 the previous financial year.

Over 29,000 ABSTUDY claims were also processed in 2019-20, compared to 30,000 the year before.

All three supports are currently supplemented with a coronavirus payment.

School leavers from outer regional or remote areas can also for the first time apply for a one-off Tertiary Access Payment of $5000 to help them relocate for full-time study.

Students can apply up to 13 weeks before their course or apprenticeship begins, Minister for Government Services Stuart Robert said.

"It has been truly inspirational to see the class of 2020 rise to the challenge and now we are encouraging you to claim early to give you more time to prepare for the next exciting chapter in your life," he said.

Australian Associated Press