Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program

22 Dec 2020
Criteria: High School Leaver/Rural 
Stage: High School Leaver 
Value: $5,000 
Duration: 1 year 
Residency: Australian citizen/Perm Resident/Humanitarian visa 
Opens: NOW 
Closes: We are still accepting applications up until we have exhausted our allocated funds for Tertiary Access Payments - apply ASAP to avoid disappointment
 
Outline
 

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) aims to encourage students in outer regional and remote Australia to access high-level tertiary study (Certificate IV or above) in the year immediately following Year 12, rather than taking a gap year.

The TAP will be made in two instalments post census date, $3,000 in Term 1 2021 and $2,000 in Term 3 2021. 

The Government has allocated UNSW a limited number of payments for 2021. As the selection process is a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to submit their COMPLETED application as soon as possible. 

If you wish to know more about the TAP, further information is available on the department of Education, Skills and Employment website. 

Eligibility requirements

The TAP will be available for school leavers who are:

  • From an outer regional, remote or very remote area (eligibility can be checked by using the Student Regional Area Search Tool)
  • Are relocating to study at UNSW at least 90 minutes by public transport from their family home
  • Be aged between 16 - 22 at time of enrolment
  • Be undertaking an undergraduate degree in the Term 1 2021 immediately following completion of Year 12 or equivalent with no gap year *Students who commence in Term 2, 2021 may apply if it is the first available term of their chosen course if the course has a mid-year start. Please state in your application the reason for your commencement in Term 2, 2021
  • Be studying face to face, or in dual delivery method, for at least part of the course and enrolled in at least 75 per cent of a full time study load over a 12 month periodYou will need to enrol in 36-48 UOC across the three standard terms with at least one course enrolment in each term.A Full-time Status Tool is available to help you plan your year and ensure that you meet the full-time requirement in each term. 
  • Be enrolled full time in a Diploma or Bachelor Degree, with a course duration of at least one academic year
  • Have parent(s) or guardian(s) with a combined income of less than $250,000
  • Meet Australian citizenship or permanent residency requirements

Please note: Exemptions may be applied in exceptional circumstances and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis by the University of New South Wales. Please ensure you provide sufficient detail in your application if you need to be considered for an exemption from certain eligibility requirements. More information on exemptions can be found here. 

Selection

Eligible candidates will be considered in order of completed application submission. 

How to Apply

You can apply now via this webpage

Along with your application, you must submit the following supporting documentation: 

  • 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
  • Proof of residence in an outer regional, remote or very remote area in Australia
  • Indicative evidence of where the Applicant will relocate to at point of application, followed by confirmation of the new address once the Applicant has relocated
  • Evidence of parental income such as 2019-2020 tax returns (preferred), payslips, a letter from employer or accountant

 

Important information:

The Government has allocated UNSW a limited number of payments for 2021. As the selection process is a first-come, first-served basis, applicants are encouraged to submit their COMPLETED application as soon as possible.

Where applications are incomplete, containing errors and/or missing supporting documents, UNSW has the sole discretion to reject these applications. UNSW will allocate payments based on a first-come, first-served basis of COMPLETED applications. Applications will only be considered COMPLETED once all the necessary requirements have been submitted.

Email scholarships@unsw.edu.au if you have any questions.