Are you eligible?

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Eligibility criteria

Before reading on, look closely at the criteria below to see if you can apply for the E12 scheme.
To be eligible to apply:

  • you need to be currently undertaking the Higher School Certificate (HSC) at a New South Wales high school and
  • be studying the required HSC subjects for the E12 course you want to enter and
  • have the support of your school principal.

In addition, you need to be either:

  • studying at a high school that has been identified by the government as ‘low socioeconomic’. You can download the E12 Identified Schools List 2013 (PDF 88KB – Last updated 11 September) and/or
  • experiencing financial hardship at the time you apply for E12. If so, you will also need to complete a UAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) application demonstrating your financial hardship, see page 15 of the EAS booklet. The EAS on-time closing date for E12 is Friday 27 September 2013, however you have until the final closing date, Friday 29 Novembe 2013, to submit your EAS application for E12. Please note that you will not be disadvantaged in your E12 application if you submit your EAS application after the E12 application closing date of 6 September.
  • To find out more about the UAC Educational Access Scheme, download the 2014 booklet or visit the UAC Educational Access Scheme (EAS) website.

Please note:

  • E12 is for domestic NSW undergraduate students only, International students or interstate students are not eligible to apply.
  • E12 cannot be combined with any other University of Sydney special entry scheme.

Information about E12 Identified Schools List 2013

The schools listed below are identified by the state and federal governments as ‘low socioeconomic’ and are receiving funding from programs including the National Partnership (low SES communities), NSW Priority Schools, and the NSW Country Area Program. The University of Sydney compiles the E12 list from government supplied lists; we do not choose which schools are on the supplied lists.

The E12 Identified Schools List 2013 (PDF 88KB – Last updated 11 September) is subject to change, if your school is receiving government funding from these programs and not listed please contact our Helpline: 1300 362 006.

Financial hardship eligibility

Individual Financial Hardship status is determined by lodging an EAS application. There are a number of categories in EAS that capture financial hardship status. In addition to Financial Hardship, you may have experienced other kinds of educational disadvantage and may choose to document these in your EAS application. For example, Refugee Status, Home environment and responsibilities, and disrupted schooling. For further information refer to the UAC website.

Other special entry schemes

To find out about other special entry schemes we offer, visit the Access Sydney page. You can also contact our Helpline on 1300 362 006 or email