Study assistance from Work and Income
This includes help with extra costs for parents with students aged 16 to 17 years who don’t qualify for the Student Allowance as well as extra help with study costs if you get Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or Emergency Maintenance Allowance from Work and Income.
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Away from Home Allowance
The Away from Home Allowance helps parents with the extra costs of supporting students aged 16 to 17 who don't qualify for the Student Allowance, and live away from home to study on a tertiary or training course.
How much parents can get depends on where the student lives, how much their costs are, and how much the parents earn (parents must qualify for Family Tax Credits for the student).
For more details call Work and Income.
Training Incentive Allowance
If you get the Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment or Emergency Maintenance Allowance from Work and Income, you may be able to get the Training Incentive Allowance to help with your study costs.
If you're on Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payment your course needs to be an approved course and be consistent with the employment goals set out in your Personal Development and Employment Plan.
How much you can get depends on your costs and the length of your course. The fees are paid straight to the people providing the training. Payment for other costs is made to you with your benefit.
The Training Incentive Allowance cannot be paid for Level Four National Qualifications Framework courses or above.
For more details contact Work and Income.
Sole Parent Support - Study Assistance
Extra recoverable assistance is available for beneficiaries who are receiving Sole Parent Support and who are undertaking tertiary study at level 4 or above.
The maximum amount you can borrow is $500.00 in a 52 week period. This is interest and tax free.
For more information visit the Work and Income website
Training Incentive Allowance and the Student Loan
The Training Incentive Allowance may affect the amount you can borrow for compulsory fees and course-related costs, depending on what your Training Incentive Allowance is used for.
The amount you can borrow goes down by the amount of Training Incentive Allowance you get (not including any Training Incentive Allowance you get for childcare, transport or disability-related costs).
You can't get a loan for living costs if you get a Training Incentive Allowance because you already get help with your living costs as part of your benefit.