In 2021, USQ will offer 206 Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) scholarships.
The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) has been developed to strengthen tertiary education in regional and remote Australia. Starting in the 2021 academic year, the TAP is expected to benefit over 8,000 students in the first year.
The TAP is a one-off, non-indexed, means tested payment of up to $5,000 (paid in two instalments) to encourage and assist outer regional and remote students who relocate to access tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12 or equivalent) whose family home is more than 90 minutes from their education provider to undertake full-time, higher-level tertiary education (Diploma to Undergraduate at USQ).
The TAP will help outer regional and remote school leavers with the increased costs associated with relocating to a new city or town to undertake tertiary study and provide support to assist with the first year of study. Importantly, it will provide an incentive for students to start tertiary study immediately after completing secondary school, rather than taking a gap year to save money or qualify for other types of income support.
It cannot cover all costs and is only a one-off payment of $5,000 (paid in two instalments), it will be a positive contribution towards start-up expenses such as bond for accommodation, assistance with rent and other household bills, groceries, textbooks and other study supplies. When combined with existing and ongoing payments already available to regional students, such as Youth Allowance/ABSTUDY, the Relocation Scholarship and the Rural and Regional Enterprise Scholarships, it contributes to reducing regional disparity and helping regional students start their tertiary education journey.
The TAP is also expected to contribute to the Government's Closing the Gap targets, by improving participation rates of Indigenous students from outer-regional and remote areas.
For additional information on the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program please visit the Services Australia website.