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Strong demand for Equity programs

16 Nov 2018

THERE has been a strong demand for equity programs by students wanting to enter tertiary study in 2019.

Equity programs aim to overcome educational and financial disadvantages and remove barriers to higher education for students.

Schools Recommendation Schemes is one way institutions make early offers of undergraduate admission, using criteria other than (or in addition to) the ATAR.

More than 18,000 SRS offers were released yesterday, giving many Year 12 students an early Christmas present.

The move from paper to online has seen applications for Educational Access Schemes increase. EAS works by applying an equity adjustment factor (previously referred to as bonus points) or setting aside a number of places for applicants who have experienced long-term educational disadvantage.

UAC has received more than 8,000 applications for EAS to date. The EAS application process has been integrated into UAC’s main application to university simplifying the process and enabling applicants to apply for EAS at the same time as applying for uni. This is a jump of 62 per cent on last year.

Applications for Equity Scholarships have remained steady. UAC has received more than 4,000 ES applications. These scholarships help financially disadvantaged students with the general costs associated with tertiary study.

Applications for tertiary study, EAS and ES are still open.

For more information, visit UAC's website or call 1300 275 822 – from mobiles call (02) 9752 0200.

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For further information (media only) email or contact:
Diane Jardine, Communications Officer, UAC on (02) 9752 0775 or
Kim Paino, General Manager, Marketing and Engagement, UAC on (02) 9752 0760 or 0409 155 112.

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