Combined $16k household income criteria remains for students’ transport assistance

A student uses his e-ticketing card in Suva. Picture: FT FILE

The eligibility criteria for application for transport assistance to students remain at a combined annual household income of $16,000.

This was clarified by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka in his post-Cabinet address yesterday.

Mr Rabuka said the criteria for eligibility for application for transport assistance to students in 2010 was capped at $15,000 to align to the income tax threshold during that year.

He said the combined household income eligibility criteria for the program was increased from $15,000 to $15,600 in 2015 and to $16,000 in 2019.

According to Mr Rabuka, the change in the eligibility criteria to qualify for the transport assistance to $16,000 has allowed more families to receive the assistance in the form of free bus fare.

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