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


  • 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 2021 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 Australian 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 an 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 (this is called an 'equity adjustment') or
  • allocate you a place reserved for EAS applicants.

So you don’t receive an ‘EAS offer’; you simply receive an offer as part of the standard undergraduate offer rounds.

We will assess your application and, in January, inform you of your eligibility for all institutions regardless of your course preferences. Some institutions have policies that may make you ineligible for an EAS equity adjustment to your selection rank for those particular institutions; therefore you may be eligible for an equity adjustment at some institutions but not at others.

These institution policies cover:

  • previous tertiary study
  • course exclusions
  • minimum ATAR requirements
  • school exclusions
  • minimum EAS thresholds.

Neither your EAS eligibility letter nor UAC will specify how many points will be added to your selection rank. Some institutions provide details of their EAS equity adjustments on their websites.

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

Application dates

20 Jan 2022

EAS: Eligibility letters released for January Round 2

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

04 Feb 2022

EAS: Closing date for EAS applications for semester 1, 2022

Apply and provide documents for EAS by midnight to have your application considered for semester 1, 2022 admissions.

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