Tertiary Access Payment

In 2021, a $5000 payment will be available to school-leavers from regional or remote areas who move away from home to take up full-time, higher-level tertiary education. This is known as the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP).

The TAP is funded by the Government and aims to help students with various higher education costs.

Find out more from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.


You are eligible if you meet all of the following criteria.

  • You are from an outer regional, remote or very remote area - check your eligibility with Centrelink.
  • You start your course in the first available study period after you have completed year 12 or equivalent and are under the age of 22.
  • You relocate to study at a Charles Sturt University campus at least 90 minutes away from your family home.
  • You enrol in a Certificate IV or higher qualification with a minimum duration of 12 months.
  • You enrol in full-time study load (75% minimum) over 12 months.

The TAP is also means-tested with a maximum parental income of $250,000.

What this money can be used for

The TAP may be used to cover any costs associated with commencing study such as:

  • accommodation
  • textbooks, laptops and stationary
  • travel expenses
  • bills and groceries.


You must submit an application to be considered for the Tertiary Access Payment.

Begin application

Receiving the payment

If your application is successful, the Tertiary Access Payment will be made in two instalments directly to your bank account.

  1. The first payment of $3000 will be made within 14 days after census date for session 1.
  2. The second payment of $2000 will be made after census date in session 2.

Note: the TAP will only be available in your first year of study. It will not be available to you in subsequent years.

Contact us

If you have any questions about commencing at Charles Sturt, please contact our Future Students team.

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