Do I have to wait until I start university before I can make a claim for a Centrelink student payment?
If you plan to study full-time, and only claim a payment as a full-time student, you can submit a claim for payment online up to 13 weeks before commencing your course.
If you wish to claim a payment prior to studying, you may need to claim as a jobseeker until studies commence and should contact Centrelink as soon as possible.
For further information, clarification or updates, visit the Centrelink website or call the following numbers:
- Online Services Support:132 307
- ABSTUDY: 132 317
- Youth Allowance and Centrelink: 132 490.