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Need help to get into uni? UAC can help

02 Aug 2017

APPLICATIONS for Educational Access Schemes (EAS), Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) and Equity Scholarships (ES) are now open through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

There is no additional charge to apply for EAS, SRS and ES and, for a few minutes of their time, students can give themselves a chance of gaining financial assistance or an early offer to a uni course.

Educational Access Schemes

Educational Access Schemes aim to help students whose education has been negatively affected during Year 11 and/or Year 12 receive an offer to university.

Students can apply for a wide range of disadvantages, including disrupted schooling, financial hardship, home environment and responsibilities, English language difficulties, personal illness/disability, refugee status and school environment.

Applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017. Last year more than 21,000 people applied for EAS through UAC.

Schools Recommendation Schemes

The aim of SRS is to help more Year 12 students gain access to higher education, especially those who might otherwise not be offered a place.

SRS enables schools to recommend current Year 12 students – who are also applying through UAC – for early offers of undergraduate admission.

Applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017 and close at midnight on Friday 29 September 2017. Last year over 9,800 people applied for SRS through UAC.

Equity Scholarships

Equity Scholarships assist disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study. Some of the disadvantages considered include financial disadvantage, regional or remote disadvantage, carer responsibilities, sole parent responsibilities and long-term illness.

Through one simple online application at students can apply for scholarships at a number of institutions. Scholarships range from one-off book bursaries of $500 to $25,000 per year for tuition and accommodation.

Applications open on Wednesday 2 August 2017. Last year over 7,500 people applied for ES through UAC.

For further information about EAS, SRS and Equity Scholarships, read the booklets which are available for download at or call 1300 275 822 (02 9752 0200 from mobiles)

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