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  • Condition 4: independent student



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    You met this condition if, on the day you incurred the expense, you were under 25 years old and:

    • you were receiving a social security pension or benefit, a Labour Market Program payment or a prescribed educational scheme payment
    • you met the independence requirements for the payment
    • you were an Australian resident (under the Social Security Act 1991) or a special category visa holder (under the Migration Act 1958)
    • you were residing in Australia, and
    • no one else, such as your parent or an approved care organisation, was entitled to the ETR for you.

    These payments include:

    • Youth Allowance
    • disability support pension
    • ABSTUDY living allowance
    • payments under the Veterans' Children Education Scheme
    • payments under the scheme to provide education and training under the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2004.

    If you are not sure whether a payment for the child is one of these types of payment, contact the payer.

    Did you meet this condition?

    No - You are not eligible for the ETR.

    Yes - Read on.

    Meeting the schooling requirement

    Did the student meet the schooling requirement?

    No - You are not eligible for the ETR.

    Yes - Read on.

    Education expenses

    Were the expenses you want to claim eligible education expenses?

    No - You are not eligible for the ETR.

    Yes - Read on.

    Last modified: 27 Jul 2020QC 21870