Frequently asked questions

FAQs about the Educational Access Scheme

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To be eligible for EAS consideration, your educational performance during Year 11 and/or 12 or equivalent must have been seriously affected by long-term educational disadvantage.

International applicants are not eligible to apply for EAS.

Before you can apply for EAS, you must apply for undergraduate admission through UAC.

Once you have submitted your undergraduate application, you can immediately access the EAS application via the ‘Apply for EAS’ button, or at any time by logging in to your undergraduate application.

Long-term educational disadvantage means your educational performance has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond your control or choosing, normally for a period of at least six months (before the end of October of the year you complete Year 12).

The disadvantages that institutions will consider under EAS are grouped into eight broad categories

  • disrupted schooling
  • financial hardship
  • severe family disruption
  • excessive family responsibilities
  • English language difficulties
  • personal illness/disability
  • refugee status
  • school environment
  • socio-economic disadvantage.

When you apply, make sure you provide all information and documents specified in the categories of disadvantage tables.

Yes. Some institutions will consider EAS applicants with a record of tertiary study. Check with the institution before applying.

Yes, but you can only claim consideration for EAS disadvantages, not those that are a result of your sporting and/or performance (eg being absent from school to train or compete).

Some institutions apply an elite athlete and performer adjustment when making offers of admission. Check with the institution.

Most GPs will know a person's background and circumstances but it is recommended that the medical professional who is treating you for your condition complete the required documents as they understand your illness and how it is affecting you.

It is rare that a school has no knowledge of a student's situation. In the first instance, UAC expects that if you need to supply an educational impact statement you will have your school supply it. In the rare case that a school has no knowledge of your situation, you will need to have a responsible person write the educational impact statement.

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.

If you are eligible for consideration under EAS and your ATAR is below the required selection rank for a course, an institution can increase your selection rank for that course by applying an equity adjustment factor (previously referred to as bonus points) or allocate you a place reserved for eligible EAS applicants.

Your EAS equity adjustment will automatically be taken into account by all the institutions you have in your list of preferences on the closing date for change of preferences for each offer round.

You may be eligible for an EAS equity adjustment at one or more institutions and not be offered a place. This is because you still have to compete for an offer to your preferred course/s with other applicants. Being eligible for EAS doesn’t guarantee an offer of admission; it simply makes you more competitive.

No. Neither your EAS eligibility letter nor UAC will specify the equity adjustment factor that will be applied. Some institutions provide details of their EAS equity adjustments on their websites.

At the request of our participating institutions, UAC does not release specific details of selection rank adjustments. Each institution has its own policy and will apply adjustment factors in accordance with its own schemes. You can enquire with your preferred institution/s; however, not all institutions will release this information.

The University of Technology Sydney does not apply EAS equity adjustments; instead, it allocates a number of places for EAS applicants.

There are other adjustment factors that may be available to you; for example, subject adjustments, location adjustments, and elite athlete or performer adjustments.

No. Institutions adjust your selection rank for a particular preference or course; your ATAR does not change.

Yes. 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.

Yes. You can upload documents to your application at any time before the closing date for each offer round.

All documents must be uploaded as PDFs to your application. No hardcopy documents will be accepted.

From Sunday 3 April 2021: EAS eligibility letters will be released progressively to non-current Year 12 applicants with finalised assessments.
From Saturday 11 December 2021: EAS eligibility letters will be released progressively to all applicants with finalised assessments for December Round 2 and onwards.

Your EAS eligibility letter will let you know whether or not you’re eligible for EAS consideration under each institution's scheme. The letter will include details of your eligibility status for each institution, whether or not you have that institution included in your course preferences.

Neither your EAS eligibility letter nor UAC will specify the equity adjustment factor that will be applied.