Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Scholarship
About this scholarship
This scholarship supports school leavers in outer regional and remote areas with relocation to commence tertiary study. This scholarship is part of the Job-ready Graduates higher education reforms package and the Government response to the National Regional, Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy (Napthine Review). For more information please visit Tertiary Access Payment
- This scholarship is valued at up to $5,000 to be paid in instalments of $3,000 in semester one, and $2,000 in semester two, in the first year of study.
- TAP Scholarship recipients are also eligible for (subject to availability) discounted accommodation rates with savings up to $100 per week / $5,200 per annum (see below for further details).
- There are 72 scholarships available.
This scholarship is open to commencing students who meet all the following criteria:
- Australian citizen, or
- holder of Australian permanent residency, or
- New Zealand citizen (must meet Australian Residence rules under section 7 of the Social Security Act 1991), or
- permanent humanitarian visa holder
- Course: any of the following:
- Advanced Diploma
- Associate Degree
- Bachelor Degree
- Bachelor Honours Degree
- Graduate Certificate
- Graduate Diploma
- Study load: full-time
- Campus: any (not available to online students)
- Completed (or due to complete) year 12 studies in 2020
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) had a combined income of less than $250,000 in 2019-2020 financial year (some applicants will be exempt from this requirement, for further information please refer to Students exempt from parental income limit)
- The family home is located in an outer-regional, remote or very remote area and at least 90 minutes by public transport to your intended ACU campus. (see below note)
- Relocating to study
- Age: 22 years or under at the time of commencing the course.
- Have not previously received this scholarship
Note: The family home is the current home address of the applicant’s parent or guardian. If they do not live in the family home, it is the address the applicant was living 6 months before the start of their course.
If unable to travel via public transport, (for example for medical reasons, or lack of available public transport) the 90 minute travel requirement will not apply. The applicant will be required to provide evidence if applicable (eg a medical certificate).
Applicants will be required to provide the following as part of the application:
- Evidence of outer-regional, remote or very remote address
- Evidence of relocation
- Evidence of parental income threshold of $250,000
Scholarships will be awarded to eligible applicants in order of application submission until all available payments have been exhausted.
To remain eligible for the second scholarship payment, recipients are required to maintain full-time enrolment
Discounted accommodation offers for Tertiary Access Payment recipients
ACU Living and Learning Communities has student accommodation options located in each state where we have a campus.
Living in student accommodation is a great way to get the most of your university experience. In our accommodation, you’ll have access to unique sporting, leadership, spiritual and community engagement opportunities.
ACU understands that moving from a rural, regional or remote area to one of our campuses could be quite daunting. We want to assist the Tertiary Access payments recipients with a discounted accommodation option for each of our campuses. In Sydney, for example, we are offering an NRAS Studio apartment with a private ensuite bathroom and a kitchenette for $265 per week on a 12-month agreement, this is usually $365 per week.
For more information about the option in each state, please contact our team at the ACU Rental Advisory Service at firstname.lastname@example.org.