QUOTE (asdf89 @ 08/01/2013, 01:43 PM)
I was on YA + rent assistance throughout my degree, but had to work and earn $17000 (its more now) to be classed as independent.
In my last year of uni they introduced a $700 payment at the beginning of each semester (not sure if it was this start-up scholarship) and it was a lifesaver. I paid my rent for a a month or so in advance and then was able to stretch my regular payments that bit further.
Also, being on centrelink may make her eligible for some uni scholarships. I applied for one in my first year (before my payments kicked in) and didn't get one. Applied the following year with no changes to my circumstances apart from YA, and I got it.
This exactly for me. The payment I got at the beginning of each semester was classed as the start up scholarship, it's meant to help with costs like texts and stationery.
Book Depository is great for some textbooks. My uni also had a second hand textbook shop.
If she receives any Centrelink payment, a scholarship called Commonwealth Accommodation Scholarship may also be possible. I received one of these (needs-based, not merit, you apply and it's simply luck of the draw as to whether you get one) and it was $4000 per year of my degree, and was an incredible help.