Financial help for isolated students

Isolated students education allowance for boarding institutions

The isolated students education allowance is provided to your child's host boarding facility for access to well-supervised educational opportunities including homework supervision, and for recreational and social development.

The allowance is not a provision to offset the cost of boarding accommodation.


You may be eligible for a maximum of $3145 per annum per child in 2015 (subject to CPI adjustment each year).

Who can apply

The allowance is for your child if they are enrolled full-time in an Northern Territory (NT) primary and secondary school and board away from home.

You must be eligible for the Australian Government's Assistance for isolated children scheme (AIC) basic boarding allowance. Students in receipt of a distance education allowance are not eligible.

You and your child must live in the NT.

If you are in receipt of a Centrelink private boarding allowance you can't apply for this scheme.

How to apply

You do not need to apply, the allowance is paid to your child's host boarding facility in two instalments in semester 1 and 2 after satisfactory enrolment checks have been completed.

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Last updated: 01 April 2019


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