28 February 2019.
There's a lot to organise if you're studying this year but there's one thing you can't forget. Apply for your 2019 Student Allowance or Student Loan now.
Follow these steps:
Step 1 - Apply
First time students
Set up RealMe verified identity
Before you apply for your Student Loan or Allowance, you should set up a RealMe verified identify. This will save you time as you can upload your documents to support your application, instead of posting them to us.
Check if you can get fees-free
If you're a new student, you may be able to get fees-free. You'll most likely qualify if you finished secondary school last year.
If you qualify, you may not need a Student Loan for your first year of course fees. If you want help with course-related costs or living costs you’ll still need to apply for a Student Loan or Allowance.
You can apply for your Student Loan and/or Student Allowance online.
If you’ve applied in the last 12 months, you can log in to MyStudyLink and use the Returning Application.
Your application will be pre-filled from last time. All you need to do is check and update your information – it’ll take less than 5 minutes.
If you applied more than 12 months ago, you’ll need to start a new application.
Step 2 - Send us your documents
After you’ve completed your application, we'll write to you to let you know what happens next. We'll usually write to you within 2 working days after we get your application. If you need to send us supporting documents, you can do this online using Connect.
It’s important to get everything to us straight away so we can carry on processing your application.
If you sent us extra forms or documents for your application last year, eg, a parents' form or proof of your parents' income, you need to send new ones this year, even if things haven't changed.
Don't send us a copy of the same forms or documents you sent last year - we can't use these because they're not up to date.
If you apply after your course starts
You can apply up until the date your course finishes, but we can only pay you from when you submit your application. You still follow the same application process in Step 1 and Step 2.
We must receive all the documents we need before your course finishes.
Student Allowance and Living Costs weekly payments
If you applied after your course started, you’ll get a back payment for any weekly payments (paid to you in a lump sum) from when you submitted your application.
You’ll then get your first weekly payment a week later. This is because we pay you in arrears, which means you study for one week and get paid for that study in the next week.
When you finish your course, you’ll get your last payment a week later.
Course related costs and compulsory course fees
You need to apply for your course related costs in MyStudyLink, after your loan is approved. Your course-related costs will take about 3 days to process and pay to you. Compulsory course fees are paid directly to your education provider.
What you need to do while studying
You can use your MyStudyLink account throughout the year to check on your payments and let us know about any changes.
You must tell us about any changes you have, including any changes to:
- your personal details (eg. if you start caring for a child, if your parents can’t support you, if you stop or start a relationship, etc.)
- where you live
- your education providers
- if you go overseas
- your contact details
For more information about what you need to tell us about, you can go to:
If something has changed and you are not sure if we need to know, call us