Financial help for isolated students


You may be able to get financial help if your child has to travel considerable distances to go to school each day, lives away from home to attend school, college or university or accesses distance education.

The different assistance schemes are listed below.

Go to the individual scheme pages for information, application and claim details.

You can also get a copy of the student assistance scheme guidelines PDF (557.6 KB).

Any claim or application you make will be acknowledged and you will be notified of the outcome.

The below schemes are available if your child has to live away from home to attend school.

Boarding in the Northern Territory

The conveyance subsidy is available for help with daily transport for your child to and from school.

The following schemes are available if your child attends a school of the air or other distance education school within the Northern Territory (NT):

The tertiary fares reimbursement scheme is available if your child attends university or higher education away from home in the NT.

The scheme also applies if your child attends interstate university or higher education.

Help from the Australian Government

In order to qualify for some NT student assistance schemes, you must first be approved for assistance under the Australian Government's Assistance for Isolated Children scheme (AIC) or ABSTUDY schemes.

Read more about Australian Government assistance schemes.


You can find out more by:

Concerns and appeals

You can submit an appeal about a decision under the student assistance schemes to:

Assistant director corporate support
Financial Services
Department of Education
GPO Box 4821
Darwin NT 0801

Appeals that are unable to be resolved at the Financial Services level may be referred to the chief executive for an internal review.

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Last updated: 04 December 2019

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