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    Default Centrelink and courses

    Hi I was hoping to do some studying from home after I have bubs. Do you know if centrelink offers discount on courses? I will be single mother.
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    Centrelink can pay pension Ed suppliment for studying it depends on which institute you go through as to which exemptions discounts you will recieve

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    As far as I know Centrelink don't directly offer discounts, but if you have a health care card some tafes offer a concession rate. The easiest way to find out would be to suss out what you want to do then ring the school. You could also possibly be eligible for austudy and an education supplement too

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    I recently started studying and got full funding through Salvation Employment Plus as I was a single mum upskilling, part was substised by the government and the remaining paid by them. I suggest you go to Centrelink and ask to be put in touch with an employment agency as they will help you in this regard

    I also now get the education supplement ontop of my usual pension as a result of full time study.

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    Depending on what state you are in you might be able to do a tafe course for as little as the enrolment fee/material cost.
    NSW offers this. I paid $50 to enroll, $50 for materials and had to buy a textbook and workbook for another $100.
    I know in QLD the concession is nothing drastic.. Maybe $100 or so off the course cost and you will still need to buy text books on top of that.
    OLI is now just brisbane north institute of tafe I think? They actually let you enroll and pay for one module at a time. It's offered by correspondence.
    There is OTEN is nsw. They offer courses by correspondence.

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    If you have a Job Network Provider, take your invoice to them and ask if they will pay it for you. It really does seem to be hit and miss, with some people having everything taken care of on their behalf and others having to foot their own bills. I do not understand how it works, but it doesn't hurt to ask.

    PS: They might pay the bill, but they wont reimburse if you pay it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetseven View Post
    PS: They might pay the bill, but they wont reimburse if you pay it.
    Mine also reimbursed the deposit I'd paid as I was a single mum changing careers with a mental illness and they hadn't helped me before the cut off date so management put through a request to pay me back.

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    Default Thank you

    For all your help much appreciated


 

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