Educational Access Scheme

Educational Access Scheme

Impact of COVID-19

There is no category of disadvantage that specifically covers the impact of COVID-19 on a student's education. It does not fall under severe family disruption due to a natural disaster. However, some pandemic-related government payments have been added to the financial hardship category.

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) aims to help students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage receive an offer to university.

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Who can apply?

To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing, your studies were negatively affected (usually for at least six months) during:

  • Year 11 and/or Year 12

or

  • the period in which you gained the qualifications you are using to seek admission to an undergraduate course.

You must also be:

  • a UAC undergraduate applicant
  • an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa).

International students cannot apply for EAS.

If you are a current Year 12 student, disadvantages that occur after October 2022 are not eligible for EAS assessment, as they will not have had an impact on your Year 12 educational performance.

Seven institutions do not give EAS consideration to EAS applicants who are currently undertaking or who have previously undertaken tertiary study:

  • Australian National University
  • Charles Sturt University
  • University of New England
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Wollongong
  • UNSW Sydney
  • Western Sydney University.

For EAS purposes, tertiary study includes diploma, advanced diploma, associate diploma, degree or higher level studies undertaken either in Australia or overseas.

If you have a record of tertiary study, your EAS eligibility for these institutions will always be ‘No’.

Elite athletes and performers can apply for EAS, but cannot claim disadvantages that have arisen as a result of their sporting and/or performance commitments (eg being absent from school to train or compete).

Some institutions apply an elite athlete and performer adjustment when making offers of admission. Refer to institution information or contact the relevant institution for more information.

Most institutions have specific admissions pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, which take into account long-term disadvantage applicants may have experienced. Check the institution information to find out whether you need to apply directly to the institution or whether you must apply for undergraduate admission through UAC and submit an EAS application.

How the Educational Access Scheme works

If you are eligible for consideration under the Educational Access Scheme and your ATAR (or equivalent) is below the required selection rank for a course, an institution can increase your selection rank for that course.

    Being eligible for EAS doesn’t guarantee you an offer to a course; you still need to meet any published lowest selection rank and compete with all other applicants for a place. If you successfully compete against other applicants, you will receive an offer as part of the standard undergraduate offer rounds.

    Participating institutions use EAS assessments to increase an applicant’s selection rank.

    These selection rank adjustments do not change your ATAR. Instead, they change your selection rank for a particular course. As the adjustment factor schemes for each institution, and often for each course at the same institution, are different, your selection rank can be different for each course you list in your course preferences.

    Unlike subject or location adjustment factor schemes, UAC cannot tell you by how many points your selection will be increased.

    Example

    Course A has six applicants and only three places available. The six applicants have the following selection ranks:

    ApplicantSelection rank
    189.00 (ATAR of 89.00)
    288.00 (ATAR of 87.00 plus adjustment of 1 point)
    387.00 (ATAR of 83.00 plus adjustment of 4 points)
    486.00 (ATAR of 86.00)
    585.00 (ATAR of 83.00 plus adjustment of 2 points)
    684.00 (ATAR of 84.00)

    Offers will be made to applicants 1, 2 and 3. Applicant 4 won’t receive an offer, even with an ATAR higher than applicant 3, and applicant 3 will receive an offer even though their ATAR is below the lowest selection rank. The lowest selection rank required to receive an offer to Course A will be 87.00.

    We will assess your application and send you an email to tell you which institutions will consider your educational disadvantages when deciding whether or not to make you an offer.

    The email will list your eligibility for each institution, regardless of your course preferences. It will not specify how many points will be added to your selection rank. Some institutions provide details of their EAS equity adjustments on their websites.

    If you're a post-school applicant, we'll email you about your eligibility once we've assessed your application.

    If you're a Year 12 applicant, we'll email you in December, before the main round of offers for Year 12 applicants.

    Check all EAS key dates

    To make the most of your application for study, you may want to place the institutions where you’re eligible for EAS consideration at the top of your preference list.

    Institution policies that may affect your eligibility

    UAC assesses all EAS applications in the same way, using the same guidelines, regardless of your course preferences. However, each institution has its own policies on how EAS assessments are used when making offers.

    This means that you may:

    • be eligible for EAS consideration at some institutions but not at others
    • receive different EAS adjustments to your selection rank at different institutions
    • receive different EAS adjustments to your selection rank for different courses at the same institution.

    These institution policies cover:

    • previous tertiary study
    • course exclusions
    • minimum ATAR requirements
    • school exclusions
    • disrupted schooling
    • English language proficiency
    • minimum EAS thresholds.
    Previous tertiary study

    Seven institutions do not give EAS consideration to EAS applicants who are currently undertaking, or who have previously undertaken, tertiary study:

    1. Australian National University
    2. Charles Sturt University
    3. University of New England
    4. University of Sydney
    5. University of Wollongong
    6. UNSW Sydney
    7. Western Sydney University

    For EAS purposes, tertiary study includes diploma, advanced diploma, associate diploma, degree or higher level studies undertaken either in Australia or overseas.

    If you have a record of tertiary study, your EAS eligibility for these institutions will always be ‘No’.

    Course exclusions

    Some institutions will not give EAS consideration for certain courses. Check individual institution websites for details.

    Minimum ATAR requirements

    Two institutions specify a minimum ATAR that applicants must achieve before they are eligible for EAS consideration:

    1. Australian National University requires a minimum ATAR of 70.00.
    2. University of Technology Sydney requires a minimum ATAR of 69.00 (80.00 for Law).

    This means that even if your EAS eligibility for these institutions is ‘Yes’, you must meet the minimum ATAR requirement to be given EAS consideration.

    Applicants with disrupted schooling (D01A, D01B, D01C)

    The Australian National University will not give EAS consideration to applicants with disrupted schooling.

    Applicants with English language difficulties (L01B & L01C)

    The Australian National University will not give EAS consideration to:

    • current Australian Year 12 applicants who experience difficulties with the English language and began their education in an Australian school during Years 7 to 10 (L01B)
    • post-school applicants who experience difficulties with the English language (L01C).
    Minimum EAS thresholds

    Four institutions specify a minimum level of disadvantage applicants must have experienced before they are eligible for EAS consideration:

    1. University of Sydney
    2. University of Technology Sydney
    3. UNSW Sydney
    4. Western Sydney University.

    This means that you can be assessed as eligible for one or more disadvantages, but still not meet the minimum EAS eligibility threshold for an institution. This is why you can be eligible at one institution and not another, even though your assessment is the same for all institutions. If you don’t meet the institution’s minimum EAS threshold, your EAS eligibility for the institution will be ‘No’

    Your application is assessed based on the documentation you provide to UAC, including the educational impact statement and medical impact statement, where required. Unsupported applicant statements are not assessable.

    Your application can’t be assessed until your supporting documents have been uploaded.

    Educational Access Scheme webinar

    Adam Hennessy, from UAC's Access Unit, outlines:

    • categories of disadvantage
    • how to apply
    • application documentation
    • EAS key dates.

    He also answers some frequently asked questions about EAS.

    Duration: 21 minutes

    Downloads

    EAS application guide

    pdf 411.04 KB

    Application dates

    22 Nov 2022

    EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for December Round 2

    Apply and provide documents for EAS by midnight to have your application considered in December Round 2.

    15 Dec 2022

    EAS: Eligibility letters released for December Round 2

    EAS eligibility letters released to all applicants with finalised assessment for December Round 2.

    22 Dec 2022

    EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for January Round 1

    Apply and provide documents for EAS by midnight to have your application considered in January Round 1.

    03 Feb 2023

    EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for semester 1, 2023

    Apply and provide documents for EAS by midnight to have your application considered for semester 1, 2023 admissions.

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