Financial Assistance

Youth Allowance/Austudy/Abstudy is available to Australian, full time eligible students on approved courses. Youth Allowance is for people under 25 years of age; Austudy is for people 25 years of age and older. Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students can claim Abstudy instead of Youth Allowance.

When applying, you will need to include the nationally recognised trainining title and identification code for your course, as found on Students wishing to apply for Austudy, Abstudy or Youth Allowance are required to include a letter from their registered training provider as part of the application process. Please contact Ivy College’s Student Support Team by calling 1300 658 517 to request this letter.

For more information, contact Centrelink by telephone on: 13 24 90

NB: Please contact Centrelink as soon as you complete your course, or if you obtain a job before you complete your course, so that benefits may be discontinued. You will be required to re-pay any overpayments received.


Austudy provides financial help if you are aged 25 years or more and studying an approved full-time course at an approved institution. Please visit the Austudy Payments section of the Centrelink website for more information.


Abstudy is a living allowance for Indigenous secondary or tertiary students, for which students may be eligible. Please visit the Abstudy Payments section of the Centrelink website for more information.

Youth Allowance

You may be eligible for Youth Allowance if you are 16 to 24 years of age (or 15 years if considered independent) and studying full-time at an approved institution. Please visit the Youth Allowance section of the Centrelink website for further information regarding your eligibility.