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 in 2021
Opening date 21 January 2021
Closing date 31 August 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).

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

Applications are currently closed for 2021 commencing students.

You are eligible for this scholarship if you:

  • are a Domestic Student;
  • completed Year 12 or equivalent in the year prior to commencing tertiary study;
  • commenced or are commencing an Undergraduate Program at The University of Queensland in the award year;
  • will be enrolled Full-time (i.e. in at least 75% of a Full-time study load over the 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

Applications are closed for 2021 commencing students.

 

This award has not been confirmed for 2022 commencing students - please review this webpage and the Department's website towards the end of 2021 for updated advice if you are commencing study in 2022. You are not required to commence an application at this time.

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

Scholarships Office
(07) 3365 7113
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 census date;
  2. the second instalment of $2000 a will be paid within two weeks of the semester 2 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. 

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

Applications are closed.