How much you can get

The Tertiary Access Payment is a payment of $3,000 or $5,000. How much you can get depends on where your family home is located.

Inner regional students

If you’re eligible, we’ll pay you a one off lump sum of $3,000 in the first half of the year. You’ll need to meet all eligibility criteria at that time, including being enrolled in full time study.

Outer regional and remote students

We’ll pay eligible students an instalment of $3,000 during the first half of the year. To get the first instalment you need meet all eligibility criteria, including being enrolled in full time study.

We’ll pay a second instalment of $2,000 as long as you’re still enrolled in full time study. We’ll pay this in the second half of the year.

Enrolment checks

Before we pay you, we check you’re a current student. If you apply for this payment but aren’t a current student when we check your enrolment, we won’t pay you.

You can only get this payment once, and only in your first year of study. This payment is not taxable.

Income from scholarships

The Tertiary Access Payment is considered an equity or merit based scholarship. This means we don't normally count it as income when we check if you can get another payment from us.

However, we do count equity or merit based scholarships as income in some situations. Any scholarship amount over $8,647 counts as income and may affect your payment rate for other payments.

If you get more than one equity or merit based scholarship, the $8,647 applies to the total amount you get, not to each one.

Page last updated: 1 January 2022