The Pensioner Education Supplement comes from Centrelink. It can help people with the costs of studying at a university, TAFE, high school or college. It can help by giving these people some money (called a payment) every two weeks.
To get the Pensioner Education Supplement you need to be studying at a school, TAFE, university or college that is on the Australian Government’s list of ‘approved institutions’. You also need to be getting one of the Centrelink payments on the list of approved payments. This list includes the Disability Support Pension.
If you have studied at TAFE or university before, this might mean you can’t get the Pensioner Education Supplement. This depends on what you studied. How much you get from the Pensioner Education Supplement depends on how much you study and what other payments you get from Centrelink.
You have rights which should be respected when you are dealing with Centrelink. If you disagree with a decision Centrelink makes about you and the Pensioner Education Supplement, there are things you can do. There are also things you can do if your have been treated badly by Centrelink. For help and information, you can contact Social Security Rights Victoria or Victoria Legal Aid.