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$5,000 scholarships available now for first year rural and remote students

You’ve completed Year 12 and have accepted your offer to study at the University of Southern Queensland – now what?

If you’re in the process of planning to move more than 90 minutes away from your hometown to make a University of Southern Queensland campus your new base, then you need to add ‘apply for a $5,000 TAP scholarship’ to your to do list!  

Through the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) scheme, $1,030,000 in scholarships has been allocated to USQ 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.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie said TAP had been developed to strengthen tertiary education in regional and remote Australia, and was a one-off, means tested payment of $5,000 per student.

“This is an incredible opportunity that could mean the difference between starting university immediately after school or having to take a gap year to save some extra money,” Professor Mackenzie.

“While we know that $5,000 will not cover all costs, it is an amount that will definitely lessen the financial and emotional burden for many students and their families.

“Combined with our Residential College scholarships which guarantee all students living at our residential colleges receive financial support, this scheme will help provide greater certainty for first year students embarking on university life.”

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.

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.

Visit the USQ Scholarship website for more information on the Tertiary Access Payment.

Still keen to apply for Semester 1, 2021? It’s not too late! Applications are open until February 22.

Visit usq.edu.au/study/apply to find out how to apply.

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the Tertiary Access Payment (TAP) scheme, $1,030,000 in scholarships has been allocated to USQ to assist more than 200 first year students