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Student Equity and Support Programs

Children of Australian Defence Force Personnel

Children of Australian Defence Force Personnel are eligible for 5 bonus points where the applicants schooling has been disrupted by moving interstate and/or because applicants attended 3 or more different secondary schools during Years 10, 11 and 12 (this does not include moving from junior to senior secondary school). These bonus points are inclusive of points awarded under Disrupted Schooling awarded under the Educational Access Scheme.

Dean's Recommendation Scheme

The Dean of each Faculty has the option to allow an offer to be made to a student who is within 5 points of the course cut off. This scheme is open to all students applying to Undergraduate courses.

The Admissions Office will identify these students and send their details to the relevant Faculty. All eligible students are included; they do not need to request to be considered.

Education Access Scheme (EAS)

UAC applicants can apply for special consideration under the EAS via UAC. This scheme considers disabilities and/or disadvantages experienced by the applicant. If successful, this consideration will lead to additional bonus points being added to your entrance rank for the University of Canberra.

More information about EAS is available here.

Elite Athletes

Elite athletes, including sports coaches and elite dance artists, whose training and competitive commitments have affected their education may be considered for special consideration. In addition to their application, applicants must provide the University of Canberra Admissions Office with a letter explaining why they believe their sporting commitments have affected their study in years 11 and 12. The letter should be accompanied by a supporting statement from the relevant sporting body. This statement should include the hours per week on average spent training and competing. Elite athletes are awarded 5 bonus points.

More information about Elite Athletes at UC is available here.

Indigenous Bonus Points Scheme

All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who study at high school in all State and Territory jurisdictions automatically receive 5 bonus points.

Outstanding Scholars Program

The Outstanding Scholars Program is a program for high achieving (raw ATAR 95+) school leavers studying their first undergraduate course full-time. The Outstanding Scholars Program aims to inspire, support and encourage students and to provide them with the opportunity to be exposed to research activities in their field of study. No application is required for the Outstanding Scholars Program.

More information about the Outstanding Scholars Program is available here.

Regional Bonus Points Scheme

Students will be awarded bonus points based on the actual disadvantage experienced in their school. UAC has classified all regional and remote schools throughout Australia into four EAS disadvantage lists according to criteria developed in consultation with UAC stakeholder institutions. This classification measures the level of disadvantage experienced at each school and acts as a guide to equitability distribute bonus points based on this true disadvantage. Information on the UAC EAS disadvantage schools lists can be found at

The Ngunnawal Foundation Program

The Foundation Program operates for those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who have not passed Year 12 (or equivalent). It also provides entry to University for those students who have been away from study for many years and would like to develop the communication and study skills needed for success at University.

The Foundation Program is a pathway to tertiary studies and provides academic support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in the Ngunnawal Indigenous Higher Education Centre.

You can undertake the program full time or part time. As a full time student you study in one semester: