ES Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about applying for Equity Scholarships through UAC.

How can I maximise my chances of getting a scholarship?

Complete all questions relevant to you in the ES Online application. After you’ve submitted your application:

  • print your confirmation of application and check it carefully. If you’ve made a mistake or have any queries about your ES application, email immediately
  • print your 'Scholarship document package', which will be automatically produced if you have to provide supporting documents. If you don’t receive a scholarship document package you don’t need to supply supporting documents
  • provide your supporting documents within seven working days of submitting your ES Online application.

For example, if you mention in your application that you have a long-term medical condition or disability, you must submit documents confirming these circumstances.

I have a disability and I'm having difficulty using ES Online. What should I do?

If you have a disability and are having problems with the UAC application process, call us on 1300 275 822 (from mobiles on (02) 9752 0200 or from overseas on +61 2 9752 0200) between 8.30am and 4.30pm (Sydney time) Monday to Friday, email us using the enquiry form or write to the Equity Unit, UAC, Locked Bag 112, Silverwater NSW 2128, Australia. We will help you with your application.

Iā€™m an enrolled student but also an applicant for admission. Which one should I enter in ES Online?

Both. It’s vital that you enter details of your current enrolment and your application for admission in your ES Online application. You’ll only be considered for a scholarship offer by institutions at which you’re currently enrolled and/or from which you receive an offer of admission. You may miss out on a scholarship offer if you don’t enter all your application and current enrolment details in ES Online. After you have submitted your ES application you should email to update any changes to your enrolment status.

My ES Online application didn't ask me which scholarship I want to apply for. Why not?

Your ES Online application gathers all the information needed, to allow institutions to determine which of their scholarships you’re eligible for. So when you apply, you don’t have to nominate which equity scholarship you’re applying for. You’ll be considered for all scholarships for which you’re eligible at those institutions at which you’re currently enrolled and/or from which you’ve received an offer of admission.

Why are there two definitions of regional and remote disadvantage?

One definition is for Indigenous Commonwealth Scholarships, funded by the Australian Government and is set by the government in the Commonwealth Scholarship Guidelines.
The other definition is for non-Indigenous applicants being considered for Institution Equity Scholarships (IES), funded by individual institutions. Institutions have agreed on a separate definition of ‘regional’ and ‘remote’ disadvantage for non-Indigenous applicants.

Read page 19 of the 2015ā€“16 Equity Scholarships booklet.

Why do I need to provide documents?

It’s necessary to provide the documents requested:

  • to verify that you’re eligible
  • to assist in ranking your application in relation to other applications.

I've missed the seven-day deadline for submitting my supporting documents. What can I do?

You should still post your supporting documents to UAC, even if you've missed the seven-day deadline. UAC will make every effort to assess all supporting documentation submitted before institutions make their scholarship offers, but cannot guarantee the assessment of documents submitted outside the required time frame.

What’s a Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income support payment?

Income support payments are financial assistance for students undertaking tertiary study. They are administered by the Australian Government and include Youth Allowance, Austudy and ABSTUDY. These payments are made based on the assessment of the income and sometimes assets of the applicant, their partner, carer or supporter. This assessment will determine their eligibility for payment or the rate of payment they may receive. For information about Centrelink (or other Commonwealth) means-tested income support payments, visit the Department of Human Services website.

Note: Family Tax Benefit Part A and Part B are not income and assets tested payments.

I’m not currently receiving a Centrelink means-tested income support payment but expect to receive one in the near future. Can I still apply for financial hardship?

Yes. You should apply under the ‘Predicted means-tested income support’ section of the ES Online application if you expect to receive an income support payment either on or before the relevant census date for the institution at which you are/will be enrolled. If your centrelink payments commence after you have submitted your ES application, email to provide updated information.

Read about questions you'll be asked during your application.

Quick Equity links

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Check the lists of institutions participating in each offer round.