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Assistance Schemes

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)

The Educational Access Scheme (EAS) can help you if you have experienced circumstances that negatively affected your most recent studies.

If you are eligible for EAS, you may get adjustments to  your selection rank to help you to get into a course, and/or financial assistance from institutions.

Financial assistance

There are several government, institution and private schemes that can provide financial assistance to students.

Special admission schemes

The following special admissions schemes can help you gain entry to some tertiary courses.

Year 12 subject scheme

You may get a rank/ATAR adjustment for successfully completing specific Year 12 subjects. The adjustments are added to your ATAR or  selection rank, and can make you more competitive.

  • To get a Year 12 adjustment, you must be a current Year 12 student.
  • Institutions decide which subjects they give adjustment for, and how many.
  • Year 12 subject adjustment aren’t added to selection ranks for other qualifications such as certificates III or IV or music qualifications, etc.

Refer to the institutions website for details on their Year 12 subject adjustment schemes.

Access and equity schemes

Access and equity schemes can help you access and manage the costs of tertiary education. Through access and equity schemes, institutions may offer you:

  • scholarships, bursaries and other financial assistance
  • ranks/ATAR adjustment
  • support services.

You may be eligible for access and equity schemes if you have experienced financial hardship or educational disadvantage.

Refer to the institutions website for information about their access and equity schemes.

Rural Access Scheme

The Rural Access Scheme exists to recognise the challenges that are often faced by students from Rural and Remote backgrounds. 

For a select number of courses through CQUniversity, Griffith University, James Cook University, The University of Queensland and University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSc), a number of places are allocated to applicants who are from Rural and Remote backgrounds to study as part of the Rural Access Scheme.

For QUT you will be provided with an adjustment to most courses if you are currently living in Rural and Remote areas of Australia.

Regional preference schemes

Some institutions give you ATAR/rank adjustment for being a local resident, or for living in a regional or remote area. Institutions adjust your ATAR/selection rank for entry, which can make you more competitive.

Refer to the institutions website for information about their regional preference schemes. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schemes

If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you have access to special entry schemes and support services.

For most schemes, you must identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander on your QTAC application. For others, you must apply through the institution.

Refer to the institutions website for details on their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander schemes. 

Elite Athlete and Performer Scheme

Institutions may offer elite athlete and performer admissions schemes. For information about performer schemes contact the institution directly.

The following institutions have specific programs for elite athletes and/or other study assistance schemes. Select an institution for more information:

Other special admissions schemes

Refer to our institutions websites for information on any other special admissions schemes.

Elite Athlete Adjustment Scheme

The Elite Athlete Adjustment Scheme considers the impact of an applicant’s sporting demands on their educational outcomes in the past 2 years. Elite athletes, coaches, and referees applying through QTAC to eligible courses offered by Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and University of the Sunshine Coast (UniSc) may be eligible to receive adjustments to their selection rank or ATAR via this scheme.

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