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New scholarships to assist rural and remote students

The University of Southern Queensland has been awarded $1,030,000 in scholarships to assist more than 200 first year students make the move from outer regional and remote locations to study at one of its three campuses in Toowoomba, Springfield or Ipswich.
The Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) has been developed to strengthen tertiary education in regional and remote Australia.

Starting in the 2021 academic year, the TAP is a one-off, means tested payment of $5,000 (paid in two instalments) per student. It is designed to encourage and assist students to access tertiary study immediately following school (year 12 or equivalent). To be eligible, a student must relocate to a tertiary institution more than 90 minutes from their home by public transport to undertake full-time study.

Vice-Chancellor Geraldine Mackenzie said the scholarship scheme offers an incentive for students to start tertiary study immediately after completing secondary school.

“We know that for many school leavers, making the decision to leave their hometown to attend university is an emotional one and it’s often further burdened by financial stress,” she said.

“Our graduating Year 12 students have had a challenging year, and while $5,000 will not cover all costs, it is a huge boost that could mean the difference between starting university in 2021 or having to take a gap year to save money.

“Particularly when combined with our Residential College scholarships which guarantee all students living at our residential colleges receive financial support, this scheme will help ease the financial burden and provide greater certainty for their future studies.”

The TAP is expected to contribute to the Government’s Closing the Gap targets, by improving participation rates of Indigenous students from outer regional and remote areas through providing improved financial support for further study.

The University of Southern Queensland has been allocated funding for 206 TAP scholarships.

Visit the USQ Scholarship website for more information on the Tertiary Access Payment.
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USQ has been awarded $1,030,000 in scholarships to assist more than 200 first year students