Tertiary Access Payment

Overview

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a relocation bursary available to school-leavers who move from outer regional or remote areas to access tertiary study immediately following the completion of Year 12 (or equivalent).

The TAP is funded by the Australian Federal Government and ANU will offer 60 TAP bursaries in 2021.

Benefit

If your application is successful and you meet the conditions below, the TAP will be made in two instalments in the first year of your studies directly to the bank account nominated in your Interactive Student Information System account: $3,000 in the first semester and $2,000 in the second semester.

Payments will be made within 14 days after the census date for the relevant semester.

Eligibility

To be eligible, you must:

  • be from an outer regional, remote or very remote area (check your residential address at Student Regional Area Search);
  • start your course in the first available study period immediately following the completion of your Year 12;
  • be under 22 years of age on the day you commence your tertiary course;
  • enrol in full-time study load (75% minimum) over 12 months;
  • be studying face to face, or in dual delivery method, for at least part of the program;
  • be relocating to study at a tertiary education provider more than 90 minutes away from your family home; and
  • have parents/guardians who are under the $250,000 per year combined parental income threshold or be exempt from providing this information.

Selection

The TAP bursaries are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis using the receipt date of a completed application (a complete application is one that includes all required documentation).

The application form is provided in the reference document section on this webpage.

You must submit the following documentation with your application form :

  • evidence of your 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 (check your residential address at Student Regional Area Search tool)
  • evidence of where you will be relocating to (at the time of applying), followed by confirmation of your new address once you have relocated.
  • evidence of your parent/s' or guardian/s' combined income such as 2019-2020 ATO Notice of Assessments for each parent and/or guardian, payslips, or a letter from their accountant stating the 2019-2020 financial year combined income of each parent and/or guardian.

Conditions

The payments are conditional on you enrolling full-time (75% minimum) on or before the census date for the relevant semesters and remaining enrolled full-time after each census date.

Application Process

To be considered for the Tertiary Access Payment, please email your application forms and supporting documents on tap@anu.edu.au.

The selection process is a first-come, first-served basis, therefore applicants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible.

If the allocation is exhausted, eligible applicants will be put on a wait-list and contacted if more funding is available.