Changes to student payments from 1 January 2018

From 1 January 2018, changes to the approval criteria of VET and higher education courses for student payment purposes will come into effect. These changes will restrict the approval of student payments to:

  • tertiary VET courses (at diploma level and above) and education providers that are approved for VET Student Loans (VSL); and
  • accredited higher education courses offered by higher education providers approved for the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP).

Youth Allowance (student), Austudy, ABSTUDY and Pensioner Education Supplement (PES) will be affected. However, eligibility for student payments for students undertaking secondary school courses, and VET courses below diploma level (such as certificate I – IV) will remain the same.

Students undertaking courses that no longer meet the VSL and HELP approval criteria part-way through their course will continue to receive their student payments unless there is a break in entitlement to the payments.

For more information on these changes, please visit the Department of Social Services website.