Educational Access Schemes applications

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes (EAS) help students who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage gain admission to tertiary study. To be eligible for EAS consideration your educational performance must have been seriously affected, normally for a period of at least six months during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent, due to circumstances beyond your control or choosing.

You can apply for EAS through UAC if:

  • you’re a UAC undergraduate applicant
  • you’re an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia (including a holder of an Australian permanent resident humanitarian visa)
  • you’re able to demonstrate that you’ve experienced long-term educational disadvantage as a result of circumstances beyond your control or choosing (normally for at least six months during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent). 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. Apply for undergraduate admission through UAC.
  2. Download the EAS application form (below).
  3. Read the categories of disadvantage tables, which detail each disadvantage, eligibility criteria and the documentation you must provide.
  4. Complete all relevant sections of the EAS application form, including the required applicant, educational impact, or medical impact statements.
  5. Provide all information and documents specified in the categories of disadvantage tables.
  6. Accept the declaration.
  7. Submit your application to UAC at least two weeks before the published undergraduate offer round in which you wish to be considered. 

Providing documents to support your application

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

Applicant's statement requirements

You need to provide a separate concise applicant’s statement for each disadvantage you claim. Your applicant’s statement must provide the factual details listed for each disadvantage. (You can download additional copies of the form if you are claiming several disadvantages.)

When writing your applicant’s statement:

  • complete the Statement yourself, in your own words
  • refer to the ‘Applicant’s statement requirements’ for each disadvantage
  • include the period of each disadvantage
  • be precise and specific
  • sign and date your applicant’s statement.

If you need more room to write your statement, use a separate sheet of paper and attach it to the form.

Educational Impact Statement (EIS) requirements

Some disadvantages require you to submit an EIS. If the EIS is not provided, your claim may not be assessed. The EIS must:

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

 If you’re a 2017 Year 12 student the EIS 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 EIS, 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 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 EIS.

Medical Impact Statement (MIS) requirements

If you’re claiming the ‘Personal illness/disability’ (disadvantage code P01A) an MIS must be supplied. If the MIS isn’t provided your claim may not be assessed. The MIS must:

  • be completed by a registered health professional who is treating your medical condition/disability
  • not be completed by the same person as the EIS
  • 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.

Having your documents returned to you

We don't recommend you send original documents to UAC. However, any documents you do post to UAC can be returned to you for a fee. To have your documents returned, download and complete the document retrieval form.

Downloads

EAS 2017-18 booklet
pdf 421.62 KB
EAS 2017-18 application form
pdf 126.2 KB
EAS 2017-18 supplementary application form
pdf 43.84 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Eligibility letters
pdf 62.78 KB
EAS Fact Sheet: Supporting documents
pdf 57.31 KB

Things to remember

  • You can only submit one EAS application for 2017–18 admissions.
  • Keep a copy of your application form and supporting documents.
  • We don’t accept emailed or faxed applications and we don’t make allowances or take responsibility for late courier or postal deliveries, or lost postal applications.
  • Unsigned applications or those without necessary supporting documentation will not be assessed. UAC will not contact you regarding missing or insufficient supporting documentation.

Application dates

Jul 2018

12

EAS: Applications close for semester 2, 2018

EAS applications close

Aug 2018

01

EAS: Applications open for 2018-19 admission

Applications open at 7.30am. 

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