220.127.116.11 Relocation scholarship - description
Objective/s of relocation scholarship
The relocation scholarship assists students from regional areas and metropolitan students studying at a regional campus who have to live away from home to study, with the cost of establishing new accommodation in order to attend university. The objective of the relocation scholarship is to remove financial barriers to the educational participation of students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, particularly those from regional and remote areas and Indigenous students.
How relocation scholarship is paid
The relocation scholarship is payable as a lump sum payment on commencement of the course and each year thereafter that the student continues to qualify while undertaking the course.
Background to relocation scholarship
Relocation scholarship became a payment under the SSAct from 1 April 2010. It replaced the Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship (CAS) for new students, while existing CAS recipients are 'grandfathered'.
From 1 January 2015, only students relocating from or to regional areas remain eligible for the relocation scholarship. Students relocating within major cities are no longer eligible for the relocation scholarship.
Act reference: SSAct section 592J Qualification for relocation scholarship payment
Social Security (Approved Scholarship Courses) Determination 2020
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.15 Relocation scholarship - qualification & payability, 18.104.22.168 Relocation scholarship - current rates