Tertiary Access Payment Scholarship

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

The TAP will be made in two instalments post census date, $3,000 in Session 1 or Study Period 2, 2021 and $2,000 in Session 2 or Study Period 4, 2021 (unless full-time enrolment is achieved in Session 3 or Study Period 6).

Please note that payments will be allocated in order of application submission, that is, a first-come, first-served basis and assessed against the eligibility criteria.

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

Application process

The scholarship was last offered in 2021

Number available


Course of study

Any undergraduate course of study — Diploma or higher. Note this will exclude programs such as Headstart, Preparing for Success or Transition to Uni.


$5000 per year for 1 year.
See Information for recipients for details about general conditions and payments.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants applying for the Tertiary Access Program must:

  • be under the age of 22 as at 21 March 2021
  • meet Australian citizenship or residency requirements
  • be from an outer-regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check eligibility)
  • be relocating to study on-campus at one of Southern Cross University main campuses: Gold Coast, Lismore or Coffs Harbour campus. Note the relocation must be at least 90 minutes by public transport from their family home. Supporting Documentation required see below.
  • have completed Year 12 or its equivalent in 2020
  • be commencing in the first available study period/session of their course in 2021
  • be enrolled in either a Bachelor, Associate Degree or Diploma course
  • be enrolled in 2021 for full-time study on-campus — a minimum of 72 credit points and face-to-face study at least once a week (health emergency permitting).
  • parent(s) or guardian(s) have a combined income of less than $250,000 Supporting Documentation required see below.

Supporting documentation

A completed application will need to provide the following documentation:

  • evidence of Australian citizenship (passport, citizenship papers, birth certificate), 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 Documents must show your name, address including postcode and dates.
    • Examples of suitable documents include, driver’s licence, electoral commission notice, rates notice, school reports, telephone or electricity bills
  • 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
    • Examples of evidence would be a current rental application. (Note to receive the initial payment a signed rental agreement will need to be supplied by March 21, 2021)
  • evidence of parental income below the combined income threshold of $250,000.
    • Examples of evidence would be current Youth Allowance or similar Centrelink income support by the recipient or 2019–2020 ATO Notice of Assessments for each parent and/or guardian or a letter from their accountant stating the 2019–2020 financial year combined income of each parent and/or guardian.

A claim is not accepted until an Applicant has supplied all required documents. If further documents are requested, an Applicant has 28 days to provide their supporting documentation. If they do not supply their documentation in this time, their claim may be rejected.

Selection criteria

Applicants are ranked in order of application submission, that is, a first-come, first-served basis.

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