What is a tertiary access payment?

The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) is a one-time payment available in Australia to assist eligible students with the costs associated with relocating from regional or remote areas to pursue tertiary education. This payment, which can be up to $5,000, aims to support students who have completed Year 12 or an equivalent qualification and are commencing tertiary study the following year.

To be eligible for the Tertiary Access Payment, students must meet certain criteria. Firstly, they need to be moving from a regional or remote area to pursue tertiary education. Regional areas are defined as places located away from major cities. Students can verify if their family home falls within a regional or remote area by using the Student Regional Area Search tool.

Additionally, the payment is only available for students starting their first year of tertiary study. It cannot be claimed in subsequent years. The Tertiary Access Payment is intended to assist students in covering the expenses associated with relocating for educational purposes, including accommodation, transportation, and other related costs.

As policies and eligibility criteria may change, it is advisable to consult official government sources or contact the relevant department for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Tertiary Access Payment in Australia.