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.

3.8.16 Student start-up scholarship - qualification & payability


From 1 July 2017, the student start-up scholarship is no longer available for YA (student), Austudy and ABSTUDY living allowance recipients. These students may instead be eligible for the SSL (

However, the student start-up scholarship will continue to be payable to eligible students receiving assistance under veterans' entitlement schemes (VCES and MRCA Education and Training Scheme). DVA is responsible for the administration of student start-up scholarship payments to these recipients.

Policy reference: SS Guide Student start-up loan (SSL) - description

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