The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-off, non-indexed, means-tested payment of up to $5000. It encourages and assists outer regional and remote students who need to relocate to access tertiary study immediately following school (Year 12 or equivalent).

To be eligible, your family home must be 90 minutes or more by public transport from your education provider. You must also be enrolled full-time in further study at Certificate IV or above.

The program is designed to help you with:

  • start-up expenses for relocation (such as travel, transport and bond for accommodation)
  • costs of living (rent and food)
  • direct costs of education or training (tuition fees, textbooks and computers)
  • the cost of travelling home in semester breaks
  • the opportunity cost of forgone income while studying.

About the Tertiary Access Payment

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 expenses of 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.


To be eligible for the TAP, you must be:

  • from an outer-regional, remote or very remote area (use the Student Regional Area Search tool to check eligibility)
  • relocating to study at an education provider at least 90 minutes by public transport from your family home
  • undertaking eligible tertiary study in the year immediately following completion of Year 12 or equivalent (or the first available semester of your course if the course has a mid-year, or later, start)
  • studying face to face, or in dual-delivery method, for at least part of the course
  • enrolled in a Certificate IV or above qualification, with a course duration of at least one academic year
  • enrolled in full-time study with a course duration of at least one academic year, and
  • have parent(s) or guardian(s) with a combined income of less than $250,000.


  • This scholarship is valued at $5000 for one academic year only.
  • Scholarships will be paid in two instalments per year, subject to satisfactory academic progression.


Applications are open from January 1st 2022

Please visit Department of Education, Skills and Employment website to submit your application.


Assessment & selection

  • Applications will be assessed by a representative of the VU Scholarships Office.
  • Recipients will be selected on a first-in, first-served basis; not all applicants will be awarded the scholarship as there is limited funding.