EAS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

To be eligible for EAS consideration your educational performance, during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent, must have been seriously affected by long-term educational disadvantage.

What does 'long-term' educational disadvantage mean?

Long-term educational disadvantage means your educational performance has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond your control or choosing, normally for a period of at least six months (before the end of October 2016).

What are the categories of long-term educational disadvantage?

There are seven broad categories of long-term educational disadvantage: 

  • disrupted schooling 
  • financial hardship 
  • home environment and responsibilities
  • English language difficulty 
  • personal illness/disability 
  • refugee status 
  • school environment.

When you apply, make sure you provide all information and documents specified in the 'Categories of disadvantage' tables on pages 12–21 of the 2016–17 EAS booklet.

Can I apply for EAS if I have a record of tertiary study?

Yes. Read EAS applicants with tertiary study for more information.

Can I apply for EAS if I am an elite athlete or performer?

Elite athletes or performers should apply for EAS consideration of all disadvantages for which they are eligible but cannot claim consideration for disadvantages which are a result of their sporting and/or performance commitments.

Some institutions provide separate consideration for elite athletes or performers when making offers of admission.

If I’m eligible for EAS consideration, does this mean my ATAR will change?

No. If institutions allocate bonus points, they’re not added to your ATAR. Bonus points change your selection rank for a particular preference or course. For more information read ‘How do institutions operate EAS?’ on page 8 of the 2016–17 EAS booklet.

Can I add disadvantages after I’ve submitted my EAS application?

Yes. You can add one or more disadvantages using the Supplementary EAS application form available from this website.

Read page 6 of the 2016–17 EAS booklet for more information.

I wasn’t able to get some important documentation until after I’d submitted my EAS application. Can I submit the extra documents to UAC separately?

Yes. UAC will accept supporting documentation submitted separately. Please note that UAC will not follow up missing or insufficient supporting documentation for any EAS applicant.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

After your application has been assessed, you’ll receive an EAS eligibility letter, which lets you know whether or not you’re eligible for EAS consideration under each institution's scheme. The letter will include details of your eligibility status for each institution, whether or not you have that institution included in your course preferences.

EAS eligibility letters are issued progressively from Monday 19 December 2016.

For more information about key dates read page 5 of the 2016–17 EAS booklet.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for EAS.

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