3.8.16.10 Qualification for Student Start-up Scholarship

Note: The Student Start-up Scholarship ends for all students from 1 July 2017. The SSL replaced the Student Start-up Scholarship on 1 January 2016 for new YA, Austudy and ABSTUDY living allowance recipients. The following page has been retained for historical purposes.

Qualification (1.1.Q.10) criteria

To be eligible for a student start-up scholarship:

  • the student must have received a student start-up scholarship, an ABSTUDY student start-up scholarship or a Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship (CECS) prior to 1 January 2016, and
  • the student must have received YA (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY living allowance for a continuous period since receiving the student start-up scholarship or CECS, and
  • the student must be qualified for YA (student), Austudy or ABSTUDY living allowance and it is payable to the person, and
  • the student is receiving payment because they are undertaking full-time study in an approved scholarship course, and
  • the Secretary is satisfied that in the period of 35 days starting immediately after the qualification time, the student proposes to start to undertake the course or to continue to undertake the course, and
  • the Secretary is satisfied that the student is not likely to receive a CECS in the period of 6 months starting immediately after the qualification time.

Approved scholarship courses include:

  • higher education preparatory courses (including enabling courses and bridging courses), and
  • accredited higher education courses.

Approved scholarship courses are defined in the Social Security (Approved Scholarship Courses) Determination 2010 (No. 1).

VET courses that lead to later entry to higher education courses are not preparatory courses for the purposes of the Determination.

Act reference: SSAct section 592F Qualification for student start-up scholarship payment, section 592G Circumstances in which person is not qualified for student start-up scholarship payment

Social Security (Approved Scholarship Courses) Determination 2010 (No. 1)

Last reviewed: 3 July 2017