In 2013, the amount of relocation scholarship a qualified student receives in the first year of payment qualification IS $4,048 UNLESS:
The $4,048 relocation scholarship payment is intended to assist young people with the higher costs associated with their first year of relocation to study. It is not intended to be available to a young person who has already relocated and commenced study in a previous year, even if they didn't receive a relocation scholarship at the time.
In recognition of the additional barriers and high costs facing young people from regional and remote areas who need to relocate to study higher education, the amount of relocation scholarship in each of the second and third years of living away to study is $2,024. This rate of relocation scholarship applies where the eligible recipient is either:
In subsequent years, or where the requirements for a $4,048 or $2,024 payment are not met, the amount of relocation scholarship a qualified student receives is $1,012.
Similar scholarship payments are:
Example 1: Anna moved away from her parents' home, which is in a major city, in order to study at an interstate university in 2012. Her parents' income meant that she did not qualify for YA in 2011. Her parents' financial situation changed and in 2013 she became eligible for the away from home rate of YA. As she is in her second year of living away from home to study an approved scholarship course, she is eligible to receive the $1,012 relocation scholarship in 2013.
Example 2: Blake is from a town classified as inner regional and had to move away from his parents' home to study at university in 2012. He qualifies for the away from home rate of YA and received the higher initial rate of relocation scholarship ($4,000 at the time) in 2012, as it was his first year of living away to study an approved scholarship course and he had not previously received a relocation scholarship payment. As he will be in his second year of living away to study at university in 2013 and his parents' home is in a regional area, he will receive the $2,024 rate of relocation scholarship in 2013 assuming he meets all requirements of that payment.
The relocation scholarship is indexed to CPI from 1 January each year, commencing 2013.
The relocation scholarship is payable as a lump sum payment on commencement of the course and annually thereafter if the student continues to qualify for the duration of the course.
Act reference: SSAct section 592L Amount of relocation scholarship payment
Policy reference: SS Guide 3.8.15 Relocation Scholarship - Qualification & Payability
Last reviewed: 2 January 2013