3 schemes to help you get to university

09 May 2023

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UAC works with universities to widen participation in higher education. In particular, we run three schemes to help thousands of people access their potential through higher education.

1. Educational Access Scheme: for applicants whose studies have been negatively affected as a result of circumstances beyond their control or choosing.

2. Equity Scholarships: awarded to applicants who are most in need of financial support while studying.

3. Schools Recommendation Scheme: an opportunity for Year 12 applicants to be assessed on criteria other than, or in addition to, the ATAR.

UAC webinar: Let's Chat – Applying to the Schools Recommendation Scheme | 6 Sep 2023 | 6pm
How to apply for an early undergraduate offer through the Schools Recommendation Scheme.
Register for Let's Chat – Applying to the Schools Recommendation Scheme

UAC webinar: Let's Chat – Applying for the Educational Access Scheme | 4 Oct 2023 | 6pm
We'll give you an overview of EAS and discuss categories of disadvantage, how to apply, and key dates
Register for Let's Chat – Applying for the Educational Access Scheme

Educational Access Scheme

If your studies have been negatively affected as a result of circumstances beyond their control or choosing, the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help you receive an offer to university.

In essence, EAS could boost your selection rank to a course if circumstances beyond your control have negatively impacted your Year 11 or 12 or equivalent studies.

Once you've finished your UAC undergraduate application, you'll see a link to apply for EAS. You can also apply any time you log back in to your application. Just use the tab at the top of the application.

There are 26 specific disadvantages that institutions will consider under EAS. You should claim all that apply to you.

Here are some general guidelines that are important for EAS:

  • The disadvantage must be the result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing.
  • The disadvantage must have occurred in Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent (up to October 2023).
  • You'll need to upload documents to support your application.
  • 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.

If you're a current Year 12 student, please have your EAS application completed by 23 November 2023 to ensure it is considered in December Round 2 (21 December). UAC will email you on 14 December to tell you which institutions will take your EAS application into account when they make their offers. (We call this an 'eligibility letter'.)

EAS key dates

Date EAS event
23 November 2023

December Round 2 EAS application deadline

14 December 2023

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

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships are awarded to those students most in need of financial support, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support payments. They'll help you with the costs associated with going to university.

When awarding scholarships, institutions will consider their scholarship-specific requirements, as well as the educational disadvantages and applicant attributes covered by the scheme.

To apply for an Equity Scholarship, you must be enrolled at a UAC participating institution, or applying for admission to a UAC participating institution:

  • through UAC for undergraduate or postgraduate study (only a very limited number of equity scholarships are open to international applicants), or
  • directly to an institution, or
  • through the Victorian Tertiary Admissions Centre (VTAC) or the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).

Equity Scholarship key dates

Date Equity Scholarship event
8 December 2023

December Round 2 EAS application deadline

22 December 2023 December Round 2 Equity Scholarship outcomes released

Schools Recommendation Scheme

The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) is one way institutions make early offers to current Year 12 students. They do this by using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR. In the majority of cases, this criteria includes your Year 11 results and your school's rating of your aptitudes and abilities.

In 2022, unis made 15,700 conditional or unconditional offers to Year 12 students before ATARs were released.

Once you've submitted your UAC undergraduate application, follow the link to the SRS application. It doesn't take long to complete and, once you’ve submitted it, UAC will email your school principal to notify them of your application. There is no need for you to tell your school.

SRS is not available for all courses. The institution-specific SRS criteria detail any exceptions.

SRS key dates

Date SRS event
18 September 2023

SRS applications close

10 November 2023 First SRS conditional and unconditional offers released
21 December 2023 Conditional SRS offers converted to unconditional offers if ATAR criteria met