There are a lot of schemes and scholarships available for Year 12 students, so make sure that you maximise your chances of getting into your preferred course by applying to these and on time.
School Recommendation Scheme (SRS)
Universities use SRS to make early offers to Year 12 students for certain undergraduate courses. They use criteria other than or in addition to the ATAR. Any domestic Year 12 student can apply for SRS. Different institutions use different criteria, such as Year 11 studies, school ratings, Educational Access Scheme (EAS), in their applications. Offers will then be made based on the SRS criteria or both SRS and ATAR or SRS, ATAR and equity criteria. Each institution has its own policy to determine whether a student is eligible, and another criteria in how they make their offers. Note that not all courses are available in SRS. Check the institution’s website or UAC’s website to ensure that you are eligible for SRS or that the course you are applying for is eligible. Applications close on the 20th of September 2020, so make sure to get it done before then!
You can find out more about SRS on the UAC website.
Educational Access Schemes (EAS)
EAS is for students who have been educationally disadvantaged during Year 11 and/or Year 12 for at least 6 months due to circumstances beyond their control. This scheme is only available to undergraduate domestic students – international students cannot apply for EAS. There are various disadvantages that universities consider under EAS including:
- Disrupted schooling
- Financial Hardship
- Severe Family Disruption
- Excessive Family Responsibilities
- English Language Difficulty
- Personal Illness/Disability
- Refugee Status
- School Environment
- Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA)
You can find out more about these categories here.
To apply for EAS, you first need to complete your undergraduate application through UAC. If you haven’t yet, check this page out to get you started. Then in your application, you need to select ‘Apply for EAS’ and select the specific disadvantage that apply to you and answer the follow up questions. After agreeing to the Declaration and Authority, you will need to upload whatever supporting documents that are required by UAC, if any. Remember, your EAS application will not be processed until your supporting documents have been uploaded. The EAS application needs to be processed two weeks before the offer round you wish to considered in or as specified in the Key Dates on UAC. More information can be found here.
Equity scholarships are given to students from low socio-economic backgrounds that require financial support, particularly those who receive Centrelink income support. Students can apply through UAC or directly to institutions. However, it must be made clear that being eligible is no guarantee that you will receive the scholarship. It may mean there were others than needed it more.
Apart from these three schemes and scholarships, each university offers its own scholarships for specific achievements. Make sure to check each university’s scholarship page to see which ones you could apply for. Make sure to start early, to avoid missing any deadlines.
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