Tertiary Access Payment

Summary

Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students
Level of study Undergraduate
Study area All study areas
Scholarship value $5000
Scholarship duration 1 Year
Number awarded 201
Opening date 21 January 2021
Closing date 31 March 2021

Description

The Tertiary Access Payment is a new scholarship provided by the Australian Government to reduce the financial pressure of relocating to, and starting at, university. The scholarship is designed to assist with the costs of travel, transport, rental bond etc. Eligible students must be moving from an outer-regional, remote, or very remote area, which is more than 90 minutes by public transport from their primary campus at The University of Queensland, and commence tertiary study immediately after completing year 12 (or equivalent).

Approved applicants will receive a total of $5000 paid in two instalments over the year. $3000 is paid upon confirmation of enrolment after census date in semester 1 2021, followed by $2000 paid upon confirmation of enrolment after census date in semester 2, 2021.

The Tertiary Access Payment will not be counted as ordinary income by Services Australia when considering other income support payments. However, Services Australia will consider the Tertiary Access Payment as income if you receive other scholarships with a combined total of more than $8,355 per year. Further information can be found on the Department of Education, Skills and Employment website.

 

Eligibility

You are eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • are a Domestic Student;
  • completed Year 12 or equivalent in 2020;
  • are commencing an Undergraduate Program at The University of Queensland in Semester 1, 2021;
  • will be enrolled Full-time (i.e. in at least 75% of a Full-time study load over the 2021 academic year); 
  • will be attending campus at least once a week;
  • are from an outer regional, remote or very remote area to study at UQ as per the Student Regional Area Search tool;

Additionally you must be able to demonstrate that:

  • you are relocating from your family home to attend UQ;
  • your family home (prior to relocating) is more than 90 minutes away by public transport from the main UQ campus at which you will be studying;
  • your parent(s) or guardian(s) have a combined income of less than $250,000 per year. 

‘Undergraduate program' means any bachelor degree program at The University of Queensland.

Domestic Student means an Australian citizen, permanent resident, holder of a permanent humanitarian visa or a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security act 1991.

'Full-time' means studying a minimum of 6 units (generally 3 courses) per semester. The unit value of your courses can vary. Search the Programs and Courses website to check the unit value of your selected courses.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

If this scholarship has rules, download and read them.

How to apply

This scholarship is administered in accordance with the Tertiary Access Payment Program Guidelines issued by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment. Please familiarise yourself with these guidelines.

Gather your supporting documentation. Documentation to be provided includes:

  • ID verification; and
  • evidence of Australian Citizenship, permanent residency (if Newly Arrived Resident's Waiting Period has been served), holding a permanent humanitarian visa or being a New Zealand citizen meeting Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991; and
  • proof of residency in an outer regional, remote, or very remote area in Australia; and
  • indicative evidence of where you will be relocating, followed by confirmation of your new address; and
  • evidence of combined income of your parent(s) or guardian(s) for the 2019-2020 financial year (e.g. tax returns, pay slips or letters from employers or accountants).

If your parent(s)/guardian(s) are required to complete a Parent/Guardian Income Assessment form, you are able to either upload this and the supporting documentation, with your application in the upload documents section, or email directly to ugscholarships@uq.edu.au.  

How to Apply:

  1. Follow the application link on this page to enter the application portal. You will need to Register if you do not already have a Survey Monkey Apply login.

If you've applied for other UQ awards, you will already have a user profile to use. Please use the same profile/login.

  1. Select Tertiary Access Payment
  2. Commence your application with TAP Eligibility. If you do not meet the initial eligibility requirements for this award, the form will note this and you will be unable to progress further with your application.
  3. If you are eligible to apply, the application form and upload document tasks will become available in your task box for you to commence your application
  4. Commence the TAP Application.
  5. You can upload supporting documentation in ‘TAP Upload Supporting Documents’ at any time.
  6. Mark as Complete when you are ready to finalise your application having completed the application form and uploaded all required supporting documentation.
  7. Click the ‘SUBMIT’ button. Do not submit your application unless you are sure you have nothing further to add to it, as once you have submitted, you will be unable to edit your form yourself.

Please note, the application form cannot be edited once it has been Submitted.

  • You can exit your application form by using ‘Save and Continue Editing’ and 'Back to Application' in your task box. This will allow you to return directly to the form when you next log in.
  • Once you ‘Mark as Complete’, you can still return to your form, but you will need to choose Edit from the Options icon in the top right hand corner to make additions/changes.  
  • Remember to save whenever you make a change. 
  • Once you have Submitted, you will be unable to edit your form yourself.

It is recommended when opening links within the application form to use the 'Open in a new tab' or 'Open in a new window' option, if available, to keep the application form open at the same time.

Supporting Documentation/Evidence: You are required to provide supporting documentation to support your application. All documentation must be uploaded/recieved before your application is considered complete.

Once your application has been submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please contact the Student Fees and Scholarships Office at ugscholarships@uq.edu.au if you have not received your confirmation email within 2 working days of submitting your application. (Please note, these emails may appear in your Junk/Spam folder and not in your Inbox).

Selection criteria

The Tertiary Access Payment is awarded to eligible applicants in order of receipt of complete applications (including all documentary evidence). 

Applications are closed.

Scholarship rules

Contact

Student Fees and Scholarships
(07) 3346 1668
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

The Tertiary Access Payment is awarded in accordance with the Australian government Department of Education, Skills and Employment’s Tertiary Access Payment Program Guidelines- please familiarise yourself with these guidelines.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within two weeks of a complete application being received by UQ, including all required supporting documentation.

Successful applicants will be required to accept the scholarship offer and provide details of the bank account in which they wish to receive the payment.

The University will undertake additional checks prior to paying the scholarship:

  1. That satisfactory documentary evidence of relocation has been provided.
  2. That the student is enrolled as at the semester 1 census date (unless an exemption has been provided by the University based on demonstrated special circumstances*).
  3. That the student is enrolled full-time (unless an exemption has been provided by the University based on demonstrated special circumstances*).
  4. That the student’s enrolment in the current semester includes at least one internal or flexible mode course.

Successful applicants will receive the scholarship in two instalments:

  1. the first instalment of $3,000 will be paid within two weeks of the semester 1, 2021 census date;
  2. the second instalment of $2000 a will be paid within two weeks of the semester 2, 2021 census date

*Special circumstances are extenuating circumstances that prevent you from commencing study in semester 1 or enrol full-time, such as natural disasters, illness or severe personal disruption- please contact Student Fees an Scholarships for advice eon your individual circumstances if this applies to you.

 

 

 

 

Terminology

'Full-time' means studying a minimum of 6 units (generally 3 courses) per semester. The unit value of your courses can vary. Search the Programs and Courses website to check the unit value of your selected courses.

'Internal mode' means that your courses require regular in-person attendance throughout the semester. 

'Flexible mode' means that your courses offer a blend of online and in-person learning activities. 

See Preparing for Study in Semester 1, 2021 for more information about study modes. 

 'Census Date' is the deadline to finalise your enrolment for each semester. 

Applications are closed.