Services to students

Student Allowance Transfer Grant

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A Student Allowance Transfer Grant is available to clients (or their partners) if they are in hardship during the stand-down week between stopping a Student Allowance and starting to receive a main benefit.

These grants are non-recoverable and non-taxable.

These grants were introduced on 1 October 2002.


To qualify for a Student Allowance Transfer Grant, a client must be applying for a main benefit because their Student Allowance will stop for one of the following reasons:

In addition, the client must:

Clients must apply for a Student Allowance Transfer Grant before the end date for which a Student Allowance is payable, or within five working days after this date.

Income and asset tests apply

The income and asset limits for these grants depend on the circumstances of the client (see table TG.1).

table TG.1: Asset and income limits for Student Allowance Transfer Grant (applicable from 1 April 2012)

Circumstances of client1 Income limit2 Asset limit3
Married couple, without dependent children $413.46 $1,708.10
Married couple, with dependent children None $1,708.10
Sole parent, with one child None $1,346.00
Sole parent, with two or more children None $1,445.89


  1. ‘Married’ includes people who are married, living as married or in a civil union.
  2. Income limits (per week before tax) at 1 April 2012.
  3. Asset limits at 1 April 2012.

Payment rate for Student Allowance Transfer GrantTop

The amount of Student Allowance Transfer Grant payable is one week of the main benefit applied for (after tax), less:

Numbers of Student Allowance Transfer GrantsTop

The number of grants paid increased between 2008/2009 and 2011/2012

This increase (see table TG.2):

table TG.2: Numbers of clients paid a Student Allowance Transfer Grant

  Payments of Student Allowance Transfer Grant1
2007/2008 2008/2009 2009/2010 2010/2011 2011/2012
Total 1,110 1,123 1,540 2,005 2,150


  1. The number of Student Allowance Transfer Grants provided during years ended June.

Almost all the recipients of a Student Allowance Transfer Grant between 2007/2008 and 2011/2012 were taking up other main benefits

The overwhelming majority of these students were transferring to an Unemployment Benefit – Student Hardship.

The use of and expenditure on Student Allowance Transfer Grants is highly seasonal, with nearly 90% of these grants made between November and January.

This reflects the fact most recipients of Student Allowance Transfer Grants are students who: