CHANGES to the time required to qualify for independent student payments could see regional students heading to university earlier.
Previously, regional or remote students had to spend 18 months earning at least $24,836 after graduating high school, to allow them to pursue further studies with financial support from Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY Living Allowance.
The Federal Government announced on February 20 this period had been reduced to 14 months.
Forrest MHR Nola Marino said the change would benefit about 3700 regional students across Australia.
Mrs Marino said the changes meant more students from the South West could be considered independent and qualify for student payments sooner and only needed to take one year and not up to two years’ break from study.
More information about student payments can be found at humanservices.gov.au/students.
Source: Harvey-Waroona Reporter.