Tertiary Access Payment
- Session 1 Applications closed at 09:00am 24 Mar 2021
- Outcome Notice Date:
31 Mar 2021
- Available to:
- Value: $5,000
- Duration: 1 year
A $5000 payment to school-leavers from outer regional or remote areas who relocate to undertake full-time, higher-level tertiary education.
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for this scholarship you must be:
- studying an undergraduate degree as an active student;
- enrolled in a Charles Sturt University course as a Commonwealth Supported student in a Commonwealth supported place. Full fee-paying students are not eligible;
- enrolled as a full-time student;
- enrolled as an internal student;
- commencing their course of study in the next available study period, immediately following their completion of Year 12;
- an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent Australian resident or a student with an Australian permanent visa;
- in financial need
- in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink Benefit (refer to guidelines), or
- have parents or guardians with a combined income of less than $250,000
- under the age of 22 years at the time of enrolment;
- from an outer regional, remote or very remote area. (Student Regional Area Search)
- moving to study at Charles Sturt University at a distance more than 90 minutes away from your family home by public transport.
To continue to be eligible for this payment, you must, by the census date of the subsequent session you must meet initial eligibility criteria.
- The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) Program Scholarship has been established in 2021 to strengthen tertiary participation for school leavers residing in regional and remote Australia.
- The scholarship is valued at $5,000 and is paid in two instalments of $3,000 in session one and $2,000 in session two.
- The scholarship is payable in cash (EFT) to the personal bank account that you have registered with Charles Sturt University. Payment is made within 14 days of census date to successful recipients meeting the eligibility criteria.
- You can register bank details with Charles Sturt University on the Student Portal by going to Personal Details to enter or change bank details.
- The University reserves the right to recoup scholarship payments if your circumstances change and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria.
- The Scholarships Office will be responsible for the assessment, allocation and administration of the Tertiary Access Payment.
- If you meet all other eligibility requirements but are not able to study full time or must delay the start of your study due to personal circumstances (such as medical condition), please provide documentation with your application. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis.
- The University receives a high volume of applications for scholarships and grants. Meeting the eligibility criteria may not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer. Tertiary Access payments will be assessed and paid in order of receipt.
- To be eligible for payment, applicants must have met all of the eligibility criteria by the closing date. Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. This Scholarship cannot be deferred.
- Students are only eligible to receive this payment once, and only in your first year of study.
Terms and Conditions
By accepting the scholarship offer you agree to:
- fulfil all requirements as set out in these guidelines;
- consent to Charles Sturt University accessing your student records for the purposes of assessing and administering the scholarship;
- provide any change of individual circumstances in writing to the Scholarships Office firstname.lastname@example.org;
- provide information and participate in surveys for promotional purposes and review of this scholarship;
- accept the terms and conditions of this scholarship.
The University reserves the right to undertake audits of individual student’s records to ensure adherence to these guidelines.
Due to privacy laws, any discussion of a scholarship application or recipient will only take place with the scholarship applicant/recipient.
The information collected will be used by authorised University staff to assess eligibility and administer the scholarship program. The information may also be used for assessment purposes for other scholarships, grants and equity programs across the University. Recipient names and email addresses may be made available to departments within the University for marketing and research purposes. No details will be used externally for any reason without the recipient’s consent. Students should be aware that they provide information of their own free will.
Personal and health information provided by the applicant will not be made available to any person within the University or external organisation for any other purpose without the applicant’s consent, except where it may be a legal requirement of the University to provide information.
Frequently Asked Questions
What supporting documentation do I need to submit with my application?
Examples of documentation can be but are not limited to:
- Financial need assessment
- Centrelink Income statement or;
- parent(s) or guardian(s) last three payslips and their last ATO notice of assessment
- Proof of Residency e.g. Drivers Licence, utility bill; Centrelink Letter.
- Any other relevant documentation that supports your application.
How long do I have to provide further document/information if the Scholarship Office contact me and request it??
If your application has been made incomplete and you have been requested to provide additional information or documents you have 48 hours from the date you receive the notification to provide the requested information and resubmit your application.
What if I have another scholarship/grant?
When we determine your eligibility for this scholarship we will take into account any other scholarships or grants you have. If you are receiving any other scholarships or grants for the same purpose you may not be eligible for this scholarship
Can I submit a late application?
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered
Can I save my application and then finish it at a later date?
Yes, you can. Just log back in and submit your application before the closing date.
What if I didn't receive the email receipt?
- It might take up to 24 hours for your email receipt to come through.
Have you checked your spam or junk mail folder?
Did you provide the correct email address?
- If you still haven't received the receipt after 24 hours, send an email to email@example.com quoting the application number, your name and student ID.
When will I find out if I was successful?
We’ll send you an email by the outcome notice date, as advertised on the website.
If I am successful when and how do I get paid?
- Payments will be made by EFT to your nominated bank account
- Payments are made 14 days after the census date for that session.
How do I register my bank details with Charles Sturt?
Simply go to the student portal and click on the My Details section.
What if my circumstances have changed from what I put on my application form?
You must notify the Charles Sturt Scholarship office immediately by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon receipt of details regarding a change in circumstances, Charles Sturt may reassess your eligibility.
Will I receive a scholarship/grant if I meet all of the eligibility criteria?
Charles Sturt receives a high volume of applications for Scholarships and Grants, meeting the eligibility criteria does not guarantee applicants a scholarship offer.
Can I apply for this scholarship when I’m on a Leave of Absence?
Scholarships cannot be deferred. Scholarship recipients who defer their studies or take a Leave of Absence will have their scholarship withdrawn and the scholarship will not be paid.
Charles Sturt University will terminate your scholarship offer if:
- you cease to meet the eligibility criteria;
- you are guilty of academic misconduct;
- the scholarship was awarded on the basis of false or misleading information.
Do I have to tell Centrelink or the Australian Tax Office about my scholarship?
A scholarship recipient should be aware that payments may be regarded as income by Centrelink or ATO it is the responsibility of the recipient to seek independent advice with respect to implications resulting from receiving this scholarship.
- Active Student: A student who is enrolled in subject/s in the current/commencing session. This excludes students on approved Leave of Absence.
- Carer: For Charles Sturt University’s purposes, a carer is defined as a person of any age, who without being paid (excluding Centrelink), cares for another person who needs ongoing support because of a long-term medical condition, a mental illness, a disability, frailty or the need for palliative care. A carer may or may not be a family member and may or may not live with the person. Volunteers under the auspices of a voluntary organisation are not included. Scholarship recipients may be in receipt of a Centrelink Carer Allowance or Carer Payment.
- Census Date: The date at which you can withdraw from a subject or course without financial penalty.
- Commencing Student: A student enrolled in and undertaking subjects in their first year of study.
- Commonwealth Supported Place: A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a subsidised higher education enrolment. The Australian Government subsidises a CSP by paying part of the fees for the place directly to the University.
- Commonwealth Supported Student: A student enrolled in a CSP is referred to as a ‘Commonwealth supported student’. Students only pay the ‘student contribution’ amount, set by the university, for their units of study. (As defined in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).
- Conditional Offer: An offer of a scholarship which is made based on you continuing to meet the eligibility requirements as at session Census Date.
- Continuing Student: A student enrolled in, and undertaking, subjects in their second and subsequent years of study.
- Domestic Student (Student): Means a student with a permanent home address in Australia who is:
- An Australian citizen
- A New Zealand citizen
- A diplomatic or consular representative of New Zealand, a member of the staff of such a representative or the spouse or dependent relative of such a representative; or
- A student with an Australian permanent visa.
- Financial Need: A person is considered to be in financial need if they are in receipt of an eligible means-tested Centrelink benefit or in financial hardship. Refer to Eligible benefits in these guidelines.
- Financial Hardship: A person is considered to be in financial hardship when they find it difficult to provide for themselves, their family or dependents basic necessities such as food, accommodation, clothing, medical treatment and education.
- Full Fee paying: If you're a domestic student in a full-fee-paying place, it means your place receives no financial contribution from the government and you are required to pay the full cost of the course.
- Full-time: A full-time student is one who is enrolled to undertake an amount of study of at least three quarters (or 75%) of an equivalent full-time study load (EFTSL). At Charles Sturt University, this equates to being enrolled in three or more (8 point) subjects, or 24 subject points or more per session.
- Grade Point Average: A grade point is the numerical value assigned to a final grade to allow calculation of a Grade Point Average (GPA). GPA is the average of all final grades obtained by a student for courses within an academic program.
- Indigenous: for the purposes of these Guidelines, means a person who is of Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent; identifies as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander; and is accepted as an Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander in the community in which he/she lives or has lived.
- Integrated Program: Students are co-enrolled and study at both TAFE and Charles Sturt University. Under this type of arrangement, specific courses are identified and a formal agreement is signed.
- Internal Student: An internal student is a student that is studying the majority of subjects for any given session of the course as an on campus student. For example, if a student is enrolled in four subjects for a session, then three or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). If a student is enrolled in three subjects for a session, then two or more subjects must be studied internally (on campus). The status as an internal student can change for each session of study.
- Leave of Absence: Official approval to be absent from your study, whilst still maintaining the status of enrolled student.
- Online Student: A student enrolled in 75% or more of subjects in a given session studying online.
- Part-time: A part-time student is one who is enrolled in one or two (8 point) subjects per session, which equates to 8 or 16 subject points per session.
- Postgraduate: A person who has obtained a degree from a university and is pursuing studies for a more advanced qualification.
- Pro Rata: a proportional distribution of the total amount to ensure equal allocation.
- Regional, Remote or Very Remote Area:The Australian Standard Geographical Classification – Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) is a geographical system developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to classify different living zones in Australia. Classifications are postcode based and are identified as ‘Remote’, ‘Very Remote’, ‘Major Cities’, ‘Inner Regional’ and ‘Outer Regional’. To find your classification, you can view the following map.
- Special Circumstances: Circumstances which are beyond the student’s control and which a reasonable person would consider is not due to the student’s action or inaction, either direct or indirect, and for which the student is not responsible. This situation must be unusual, uncommon or abnormal.
- Undergraduate: Undergraduate students who are enrolled and are studying for approved undergraduate qualifications at eligible higher education providers. Approved undergraduate qualifications include Bachelor Degree, Associate Degree, Advanced Diploma and Diploma courses of study. Enabling courses do not qualify.
How to Apply
Forms and Documents
- Download and save any forms you require for your application.
- Complete an online application form.
- Applications will be assessed in accordance with the eligibility criteria and supporting documentation.
- Applications with incorrect or no supporting documentation will be deemed ineligible.
- You may be assessed as eligible but not receive an offer due to quota restrictions.
- There are no interviews required.
- Eligible students will be made a conditional offer which is conditional on meeting the eligibility criteria at Census date.
- Students who have not met the eligibility criteria at Census date will have their conditional offer withdrawn.
- All applicants will be informed in writing of the outcome of their application.
- Successful applicants are required to accept their offer.
- Offers not accepted by the offer expiry date will be withdrawn.
Session 1 applications closed at 09:00am 24 Mar 2021
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