Educational Access Schemes

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.

Who can apply?

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. 

How Educational Access Schemes work

Institutions use EAS to make offers of admission in one of two ways:

  • by increasing your selection rank or
  • by setting aside a certain number of places for EAS applicants.

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

After your application has been assessed, you’ll receive an EAS eligibility letter. This letter lets you know whether or not you're eligible for EAS consideration under each institution’s scheme, whether or not you have that institution included in your course preferences.

UAC assesses all EAS applications centrally on behalf of institutions but individual institutions have their own policies on how EAS assessments are considered when making offers. This means that even though your assessment is the same for all institutions:

  • you may be eligible for EAS consideration at some institutions but not at others
  • for the institutions that allocate adjustments, you may be allocated different adjustments at different institutions.


Educational Access Schemes 2017-2018
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EAS 2017-18 application form
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EAS 2017-18 supplementary application form
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EAS Fact Sheet: How does EAS help me get into uni?
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Application dates

Jul 2018


EAS: Applications close for semester 2, 2018

EAS applications close

Aug 2018


EAS: Applications open for 2018-19 admission

Applications open at 7.30am. 

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