The Guides to Social Policy Law is a collection of publications designed to assist decision makers administering social policy law. The information contained in this publication is intended only as a guide to relevant legislation/policy. The information is accurate as at the date listed at the bottom of the page, but may be subject to change. To discuss individual circumstances please contact Services Australia. Student start-up scholarship - description

From 1 July 2017, the student start-up scholarship is no longer available. Instead, higher education students receiving YA (student), Austudy and ABSTUDY living allowance may be eligible for an SSL.


The objective of the student start-up scholarship was to provide an increase in participation in higher education by students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds by providing essential assistance to university students for the upfront cost of text books and specialised equipment.

From 1 January 2016, the student start-up scholarship was replaced by the SSL ( for new student payment recipients undertaking higher education. People who had received a student start-up scholarship prior to 1 January 2016 and had remained in continuous receipt of student payments remained eligible for the student start-up scholarship until 1 July 2017 or coming off student payments, whichever occurred first.

Act reference: SSAct pre-1 July 2017 Part 2.11B Division 1 Student start-up scholarship payment

Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.16 Student start-up scholarships - qualification & payability, Student start-up loan (SSL) - description

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