COVID Adjustment Factors

COVID Adjustment Factors

COVID-19 has caused some big disruptions to schooling this year. If you feel like your studies have been affected and are worried about whether or not that means you can get into uni, don’t worry.

Many universities are offering special adjustment factors to students who have been affected by COVID-19, and other disadvantages. These adjustment factors could help you get into your dream course.

We’ve spoken to the universities and TACs, and here is what they have advised us on their adjustment factors for 2021 entry.

 

New South Wales & ACT

Direct Entry

Notre Dame (Sydney)

In response to difficulties being experienced by Year 12 students due to COVID, Notre Dame University has used Year 11 results and available mid-year 12 reports to assess applicants for an offer to study where they demonstrate progression to achieving minimum entry requirements.

Additionally, other factors are also considered as part of a holistic approach to assessing applicants. These include extra-curricular and out of school achievements, motivations for study, as well as special circumstances which may have impacted on an applicant’s academic performance. Applicants are asked to provide this extra information when completing our online application form.

Applications are still open (except for some in demand courses e.g. Nursing), click here to apply. Note: You’ll need to apply at least 4 weeks before your course start date (most programmes start on the 22nd of February 2021 but check with Notre Dame if you’re unsure).

 

UAC Entry

Applications for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) are still open and close for semester 1, 2021 studies on Friday 5 February 2021.

You can apply and provide documents for EAS by midnight 8 December to have your application considered in December Round 2 Offers (22 December 2020).

To be considered for EAS in January Round 1 offers apply by midnight on 25 December 2020.

Midnight 5 February 2021 is the very cut-off date you can get EAS applications in to be considered for Semester 1, 2021 admission.

Macquarie

Every UAC applicant will automatically receive five COVID-19 Impact Points.

Find out more about Macquarie’s COVID-19 Impact Points scheme here.

Australian Catholic University

ACU offer many adjustment factors; apply via UAC to be considered.

Torrens University

Torrens University have removed the ATAR requirement for most of their courses, so adjustment factors are not applicable.

University of Canberra

The University of Canberra participates in the Education Access Scheme (EAS) through UAC, which aims to help students who have experienced significant educational disadvantage receive an offer to university.

UC also participate in the subject adjustment factors scheme, which entitles current Year 12 students to a maximum of 10 adjustment points if they have achieved particular grades in relevant subjects. These points are calculated automatically, so students do not need to apply to this scheme.

A complete list of subjects adjustments available under each course is available at UC’s website here.

UNSW

When we spoke to UNSW they confirmed that they are providing additional points based for students that have (or their parents/guardians) experienced difficulties due to COVID-19. Points cannot be disclosed but if you are looking to apply for you’ll need to submit an application for the UAC Educational Access Scheme adjustment factor.

Students can also apply for HSC Plus and EAPL for additional points. UNSW offers a maximum of 12 points (Max 5 from EAPL, Max 5 from HSC Plus, up to 10 points on EAS).

Victoria

Direct Entry

This may be an option for some universities in Victoria; if applications are still open, you may be eligible to apply for adjustment factors. If you have already applied and adjustment factors are not considered automatically, you could contact the institution directly and see what options are open to you.

 

VTAC Entry

SEAS applications closed on 9 October 2020.

Deakin

Even though Deakin are participating in SEAS and there will be adjustments to the selection rank for those that have applied prior to the deadline, they advised us that if you’ve missed the deadline, they recommend that you submit a personal statement to them, along with your VTAC application outlining your circumstances. This will be noted by the selection officers and there may be some adjustments made to your selection rank.

Find out more here.

Note: If you have applied through VTAC and didn’t submit a SEAS application before the cut-off, you could try contacting VTAC or the institutions on your preferences directly to see if there’s anything they can suggest that could provide some adjustments to your selection rank.

 

Queensland

Direct Entry

Bond University

To ensure students are not disadvantaged by the hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Bond University are supporting students by assessing applications based on their first semester Year 12 results.

Find out more here.

 

QTAC Entry

Applications are still open for the offer rounds and you can apply for EAS at the same time.

If you’ve already applied to QTAC but not submitted an EAS form, could still apply but you may need to be quick. Select the EAS category you’d like to apply for (you can apply for them all if you think you’re eligible), then download the cover sheet and submit this QTAC with all the required documentation. If you are not sure if EAS could help you, call QTAC on 1300 467 822 for advice.

To be eligible for offers on the 23 December you’ll need to apply by 9 December 2020 and final date to change your preferences for this round is 12pm Monday 21 December 2020.

For offers on 14 January 2021, you’ll need to apply and submit documentation by Friday 11 December 2020. Final date to change preferences – 12pm Thursday 7 January 2021.

Offers on 22 January, apply by Friday 11 December too.

Offers on 29 January, apply by 21 January 2021.

There are also further rounds you can apply for: check here for the dates.

You can see a copy of QTAC’s “ATAR in this COVID-19 year” factsheet here.

QUT

For entry in 2021, QUT will provide an extra adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks if you qualify for the Educational Access Scheme financial hardship category. This is in addition to the adjustment of 2.00 selection ranks for financial hardship or 6.00 selection ranks if you also qualify for the Q-Step Scheme.

QTAC will assess your application, and if you’re eligible for the Education Access Scheme you’ll automatically receive your selection rank adjustment.

If you’ve applied for the EAS (financial hardship category), we’ll let you know by email if you have been accepted into the Q-Step Scheme. If you’re not successful, we encourage you to apply for the Equity Scholarships Scheme.

Read more about adjustment schemes here.

JCU

You could be eligible for adjustment factors to your application if you’re eligible for the Regional Preference Scheme or Subject Adjustment Scheme.

EAS applications through QTAC could also give your application additional points.

For more information check here.

South Australia

Direct Entry

This may be an option for some universities in South Australia; if applications are still open, you may be eligible to apply for adjustment factors. If you have already applied and adjustment factors are not considered automatically, you could contact the institution directly and see what options are open to you.

 

SATAC Entry

Applications for courses starting in Semester 1, 2021 are still open. If you have not submitted an application you can still do so and you can apply for individual adjustments at the same time (along with supporting documentation).

Check here for the offer round, change of preference and application cut-off dates.

If you have already submitted an application but didn’t apply for adjustments, contact SATAC to see what they recommend that you do.

Telephone: (08) 8224 4000
Email: enquiries@satac.edu.au
Enquiry form: www.satac.edu.au/enquiries

Charles Darwin University

CDU has advised us that they have made no significant changes and that applicants can still continue to apply for special consideration via SATAC as usual.

If you don’t get your expected ATAR’s they recommend that you contact Student Central for more advice on your pathways – 1800 061 963.

 

Western Australia

Direct Entry

Notre Dame (Fremantle)

In response to difficulties being experienced by Year 12 students due to COVID, Notre Dame University has used Year 11 results and available mid-year 12 reports to assess applicants for an offer to study where they demonstrate progression to achieving minimum entry requirements.

Additionally, other factors are also considered as part of a holistic approach to assessing applicants. These include extra-curricular and out of school achievements, motivations for study, as well as special circumstances which may have impacted on an applicant’s academic performance. Applicants are asked to provide this extra information when completing the online application form.

Applications are still open, click here to apply.

 

TISC Entry

Students applying to Uni in WA can still submit EAS applications after submitting a TISC application and paying the processing fee.

There isn’t a separate EAS fee but you’ll need to make sure that you submit your application by the deadline to be considered for the benefits in the next TISC offer round.

To apply, you’ll need to log in using your TISC Number and click on Educational Access Scheme on the side menu.

You may also be able to apply directly to the university that you’re applying to.

Curtin University

Curtin have a number of direct and alternative entry pathways in place this year. As each situation is different, they strongly recommend that students, parents and career counsellors contact their team directly for tailored advice.

Call on 1300 222 888 (select 2-1-3), Ask a question online or even book an appointment to see Curtin on campus.

In some circumstances additional points will be applied and in other situations a student’s ATAR score will not be used for the basis of admission. Some of these pathways are applied for, others can be automatically offered (depending on the course a student is applying for/the students individual results).

Detailed information on each alternative pathway is available at the links below:

In addition to the pathways listed above, Special consideration may be granted if your ability to study or sit exams has been affected by circumstances beyond your control. These exceptional circumstances must be of a grave nature and must have had a significant impact on your studies in the year prior to your university application.

 

Tasmania

University of Tasmania

Applications for special consideration close 5pm 8 January 2021 and late applications will not be accepted, so you’ll need to get your application in as soon as possible. Contact UTAS directly if you have any questions.

Decisions on special consideration will be confirmed by 30th January 2021 at the latest.

Click here to start your application.

 

Need more help?

 

Contact the TACs or universities directly if you have any queries about your application or the adjustment factor process, they’ll always do their best to help you.

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