Transitioning from school is a major event for a young person. Some rural and remote students can find this time particularly challenging. This fact sheet has information to help you to access and remain in higher education.
Australian Government financial support
The Department of Human Services, through Centrelink, provides financial support to assist with costs while you finish school, undertake tertiary education, or undertake an Australian Apprenticeship – that is an apprenticeship or traineeship. See fact sheet 15 for a full list or visit the Centrelink website. Some examples include:
- Youth Allowance provides financial help for people 16 to 24 years of age who are studying full time, undertaking a full time Australian Apprenticeship, training, looking for work or sick.
- Relocation Scholarship is a yearly payment to help students move to or from a regional or remote area to study. You must get ABSTUDY or Youth Allowance and be in full time higher education.
- Student Start-up Loan supports the upfront cost of study for higher education students.
Grants and scholarships
- The Country Education Foundation (CEF) helps disadvantaged rural and regional students’ access education, training and careers. See the ‘Students’ tab on their website for information on CEF grants, a survival guide, a scholarship guide and student support.
- NSW Department of Education offers rural teaching scholarships. Get paid while you study to become a primary or