Student access to abstudy changes

Collie students wanting to go to university now don’t have to wait 18 months before qualifying for ABSTUDY Living Allowance.

The recent changes mean to qualify as an independent for Youth Allowance and ABSTUDY students from regional areas must earn $24,836 before starting more study.

The Turnbull Government has reduced the time regional students must spend earning this income, from 18 months to 14 months, allowing them to study with financial support just one year after leaving high school.

Member for Forrest Nola Marino said regional and rural students will be able to start university sooner because of the changes.

“It means our students will need to take only one year and not up to two years break from study which means they are far more likely to continue on to university. In time our region will benefit when these young people return to our communities,” Mrs Marino said.

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Source: Collie Mail.