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A helping hand getting into uni

10 May 2023

STUDENTS dealing with financial hardship, a medical condition or difficult personal circumstances that have negatively impacted their education during Year 11 and/or Year 12 have a helping hand through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

UAC’s Educational Access Scheme (EAS) helps students who have experienced disadvantage gain entry into university.

There are many types of disadvantages faced by students that will be considered through EAS. These include financial hardship, personal illness or disability, or being impacted by natural disasters such as floods and severe storms. All details are set out on the UAC website.

Kim Paino, General Manager, UAC Marketing and Engagement, says, 'At UAC we are committed to providing all students with the opportunity to access higher education, so they can achieve their potential regardless of the educational disadvantages or personal hardships they may have experienced.'

UAC is running an online session on Wednesday 24 May to help students, parents and teachers navigate the EAS application process: Let’s Chat – Applying for the Educational Access Scheme.

UAC also has other schemes to help students access higher education.

The Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS) is one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission to Year 12 students using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

An online session to help students apply for SRS, Let’s Chat – Applying to the Schools Recommendation Scheme, is running on Wednesday 17 May.

Equity Scholarships offer financial assistance to students from low socio-economic backgrounds. In 2022, institutions made 680 Equity Scholarship offers to applicants via UAC.

Students and parents can join UAC live on Facebook and Instagram on Wednesday 21 June to ask UAC’s Access Coordinator, Adam Hennessy, all about these programs.

Read more about these 3 schemes to help you get to university.

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For further information (media only) email or contact:
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on 0409 155 112.