Educational Access Schemes applications

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) aim to help students, whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12, receive an offer to university.

To apply for EAS you must be able to demonstrate that your Year 11 and/or Year 12 studies have been negatively affected for a period of at least six months, as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing.

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).

Some institutions will consider EAS applicants with a record of tertiary study. International students cannot apply for EAS. 

Steps to completing your EAS application

  1. Submit your undergraduate application through UAC. 
  2. In your undergraduate application, click the ‘Apply for EAS’ button.
    You can also apply at any time by logging in to your undergraduate application. If you're unable to complete the application online, you can download a hardcopy application form. Applications and documents received by post or delivery will be scanned and uploaded for assessment at UAC. Your original application and associated supporting documents will be returned to you by regular post as they are no longer required by us.
  3. Claim disadvantages. 
    Open the first category of disadvantage and respond to each question. Select ‘Save’ to close the window. (Your individual responses will not be saved.) If you are eligible to claim a disadvantage, it will be added to the ‘Claimed disadvantages’ section. Repeat for each category of disadvantage until you have selected all the disadvantages you wish to apply for. 
    The categories of disadvantage tables detail each disadvantage, eligibility criteria and the documentation you must provide.
  4. Download your document cover sheet for each of your claimed disadvantages. 
    The document cover sheet details the eligibility criteria for the disadvantage and the supporting documentation you need to provide. It may also contain one or more of the following forms: applicant statement, educational impact statement, medical impact statement, parent/guardian declaration and authority, declaration: provision of third party health information.
  5. Upload cover sheets and supporting documents.
    Select the upload button to upload your document cover sheet and any other supporting documentation to your application. It is in your best interest to collect all documentation prior to submitting your application so that it can be uploaded at the same time. If you’re unable to upload your supporting documents, they can be submitted to UAC by post or in person once you’ve submitted your application. Your application cannot be assessed until supporting documentation is provided to UAC.
  6. Accept the declaration.
  7. Submit your EAS application to UAC at least two weeks before the published undergraduate offer round in which you wish to be considered. 

You can only submit one EAS application in each admissions period.

Important dates for 2018-19 applications

2018

 

Friday 28 September

Closing date for early bird applications for undergraduate admission: undergraduate application charge increases

Tuesday 13 November

Starting date for progressive release of EAS eligibility letters

Friday 23 November

Apply for EAS by midnight to guarantee receipt of your eligibility letter in time to change your preferences for December Round 2

Friday 30 November

Closing date for EAS applications for consideration in December Round 2.

2019

 

Tuesday 1 January

Closing date for EAS applications for consideration in January Round 1

Friday 8 February

Final closing date for EAS applications for semester 1, 2019 admissions

After you apply

UAC will confirm your EAS application has been submitted by sending you an email.

Once you have submitted your application, you will not be able to delete selected disadvantages or uploaded documents, but you will be able to add new disadvantages and documents.

Adding disadvantages

If you’ve submitted your EAS application but want to add more disadvantages, simply log in to your application, add the new disadvantages and upload documentation to support your claim. You will need to provide a completed document cover sheet and supporting documentation for the new claims.

The closing dates and guidelines that applied to your original application also apply to additional claims and documentation.

Adding disadvantages to an existing EAS application may result in an offer of admission in an upcoming offer round, but will not result in reconsideration of offers of admission made by institutions in previous offer rounds.

Confidentiality

All information you provide is treated as confidential according to UAC’s Privacy Policy and institution privacy statements. Only authorised personnel at UAC and institutions will have access to your application. Your personal information can only be released to a third party in special circumstances, such as where the law requires it, or where you give permission. 

Providing documents to support your application

All applicants are required to write an applicant statement as part of their EAS application. Some applicants also need to provide an educational impact statement or a medical impact statement.

UAC will not follow up on (or contact any EAS applicant regarding) missing or insufficient documentation.

Applicant statement requirements

You need to provide an applicant statement for each disadvantage you claim. 

When writing your applicant statement:

  • complete the statement yourself, in your own words
  • provide the factual details requested
  • be as precise and specific as possible.

If you need more room to write your statement, use a separate sheet of paper.

Educational impact statement requirements

Some disadvantages require you to submit an educational impact statement. If you do not provide this statement, your claim may not be assessed. 

Provide the person completing the educational impact statement with a copy of your applicant statement, as they are required to comment on the circumstances and accuracy of your statement. If it is clear that the person completing the educational impact statement has not seen your applicant statement, your claim may not be assessed.

The educational impact statement must:

  • be completed by someone who can comment on the impact of your disadvantage on your education
  • not be altered, or added to, by you in any way.

 If you’re a 2018 Year 12 student, the educational impact statement must:

  • be completed by your school/college principal, counsellor, year adviser or careers adviser
  • explain if or how the educational disadvantage you’ve experienced has affected your educational performance.

If you’re unable to have your school complete the statement, it must be completed by a responsible person. A responsible person is a doctor, lawyer, accountant, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader who is familiar with your circumstances and who can provide information regarding your disadvantage and its effect on your ability to study. The person must:

  • not be a family member or a friend
  • confirm their relationship to you
  • explain if or how the educational disadvantage you’ve experienced has affected your educational performance.

You must also attach an explanation as to why your school can’t complete the statement.

 If you’re not a 2018 Year 12 student, the educational impact statement must be completed by a responsible person. A responsible person is a doctor, lawyer, accountant, social worker, counsellor, religious or community leader who is familiar with your circumstances and who can provide information regarding your disadvantage and its effect on your ability to study. The person must:

  • not be a family member or a friend
  • confirm their relationship to you
  • explain if or how the educational disadvantage you’ve experienced has affected your educational performance.
Medical impact statement requirements

If you’re claiming ‘Personal illness/disability’ (disadvantage code P01A), a medical impact statement must be supplied. If it isn’t provided your claim may not be assessed. 

The medical impact statement must:

  • be completed by a registered health professional who is treating your medical condition/disability
  • not be completed by the same person who completed the educational impact statement
  • not be altered, or added to, by you in any way.

A registered health professional is a medical practitioner, psychologist or specialist who is familiar with your circumstances and who can provide information about the medical condition/disability and its effect on your ability to study. The person must not be a family member or friend.

Parent/guardian declaration and authority

If you’re claiming ‘Financial disadvantage – Family Tax Benefit A’ (disadvantage code F01D), you must either:

  • have your parent/guardian write their full name, date of birth and Centrelink Customer Reference Number (CRN), then read and sign the third party Centrelink declaration and authority, or
  • upload one of the documents listed under ‘Supporting documentation required’
Declaration: provision of third party health information

If you’re providing health information about someone other than yourself, such as a parent or family member, where possible, you should obtain that person’s consent by asking that person to complete, sign and date the provision of third party health information declaration. The declaration is automatically included in the document cover sheet for claims of ‘Severe or life-threatening illness of a family member or close friend’ (disadvantage code H01B); otherwise download the declaration from the online application under ‘Categories of Disadvantage’.

Retrieving documents from previous applications

From August 2018, if you post or deliver your application or supporting documents to UAC they will be scanned and uploaded for assessment. Your original application and associated supporting documents will be returned to you free of charge by regular post, as they are no longer required by us.

Documents posted or delivered in a previous admissions period can be returned to you for a fee. To have your documents returned, download and complete the document retrieval form.

Downloads

Educational Access Schemes 2018-19
pdf 1330.78 KB
EAS application form 2018-19
pdf 156.59 KB
EAS supplementary application form 2018-19
pdf 89.51 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: How does EAS help me get into uni?
pdf 82.61 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Supporting documents
pdf 72.24 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Eligibility letters
pdf 106.38 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicants
pdf 78 KB

Application dates

Nov 2018

13

EAS: First eligibility letters released

Starting date for progressive release of EAS eligibility letters

Nov 2018

23

EAS: Application deadline for December Round 2 eligibility letters

Apply for EAS by midnight to guarantee receipt of your eligibility letter in time to change your preferences for December Round 2.

Nov 2018

30

EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for December Round 2

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

Jan 2019

01

EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for January Round 1

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

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