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Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme

Taking the stress out getting into university

Receive a conditional offer before the HSC exams even finish and benefit from a $5950 scholarship in your first year.

The Early Offer Year 12 (E12) Scheme will help ease the financial pressure of studying in your first year and gives you plenty of support with enrolment, orientation as well as other areas of student life.

If you apply successfully to E12, we will hold a place at the University of Sydney for you. You'll have a confirmed place when results are released providing you meet some conditions, such as the E12 ATAR (lower than the guaranteed ATAR) and HSC subject requirements for your preferred course.

This year, over 90 courses (pdf, 264KB) are offered via E12, meaning you can select from more courses than ever. They include business, engineering, health sciences, nursing, arts, science, law, agriculture, education, design computing, architecture and the creative arts.

How to apply

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Check your eligibility

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Draft your answers to these three application questions (doc, 43KB)

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Submit a Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) application via UAC, upload the E12 supporting document and place the course you wish to be considered for under E12 as your first University of Sydney preference.

Check out our detailed How to Apply section for more information below.

  • An early conditional offer of a place at university, in mid-November
  • A formal UAC offer in the main offer round (if you achieve the required E12 ATAR (pdf, 264KB) and meet any other additional requirements)
  • A $5950 first-year scholarship paid in two equal instalments of $2975 after the semester 1 and semester 2 census dates (subject to terms and conditions)
  • Support through your transition from school to the University, including a guided enrolment process, orientation and further assistance
  • A University of Sydney Union Access Rewards membership for your first year that gives discounts on and off the campus with major retailers, and access to more than 200 clubs and societies
  • Eligibility to apply for additional accommodation scholarships available to successful E12 students
Faculty support
  • Some faculties offer additional scholarships to E12 recipients beyond their first year at university
  • You may also have access to paid internships with business and corporate partners as part of your degree, giving you an invaluable start to your career 
  • Welcome session for students and their parents or support people (in conjunction with orientation)
  • 'On track' meeting with Course Director or Year 1 liaison academic during semester if required

We know an ATAR score may not always reflect your ability to do well at university or your interest or skills in a particular area. E12 is your chance to show us what makes you unique. 

We believe that your community involvement and activities outside of school tell us just as much about you as your exam results, so please share this in your E12 application. Your application for E12 is your opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what motivates you.

Follow the 5 steps below to apply for an E12-eligible course:
April – May
1. Choose an E12 course (pdf, 264KB)

2. Check your eligibility

June – July

3. Prepare your E12 application

August – September

4. Submit your application online

  • Submit a Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS) application via UAC and place the course you wish to be considered for under E12 as your first University of Sydney preference.
  • The eligible course listed as your first University of Sydney preference as at 11.59pm, 30 September 2019, will be the only course considered for your E12 application and cannot be changed.
  • Please ensure you upload your your answers to the three application questions in the SRS portal to be considered for E12 entry. 

    Applications for E12 (via SRS) close on 30 September 2019. 
November – December

5. Sit your HSC exams and wait for your results

  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer in mid-November.
  • Some courses have additional admission criteria where you may be asked to attend an interview with the faculty that teaches your E12 course, audition or submit a portfolio.
  • Once you have received your ATAR, met the conditions listed on your conditional E12 offer, as well as any other additional admission criteria and placed your E12 course as your first eligible preference by close of preferences for December Round 2 consideration, you will receive a UAC offer from us.

Disclaimer: The months indicated are a guide only and steps may occur outside the months shown.

Applications open

Communicating with your school

During the E12 application process, we will ask you to give your consent to allow us to contact your school principal or other relevant staff. 

This is because we may need to speak to them to discuss or confirm details in your application. We also need to let them know if your application has been successful. 

Note: If you do not give this consent, we will not be able to process your application. 

There are more than 90 courses you can apply for through E12, so you'll have plenty of options to choose from. 

Download our list of available courses (pdf, 264KB) to find the one that suits you.

To be eligible for E12, students will need to be assessed by UAC via the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) as:

Please note, the SEIFA map provides an indicative measure of socio-economic disadvantage and students will receive notification from UAC that an Eduational Access Schemes application has been automatically generated if they meet this EAS eligibility criteria.  

You also need to be:

  • undertaking the HSC or International Baccalaureate (IB) at a NSW high school
  • supported by your school principal (ratings are to be submitted in the SRS system as part of your application)
  • a domestic undergraduate student (international students are not eligible to apply)
  • meet any other additional admission criteria.

If you are not residing in an area identified by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as being in the lowest 30 percent of socio-economic disadvantage in Australia, then your offer will depend upon your acceptance into the UAC Educational Access Scheme for financial disadvantage. You need to apply for this separately. 

Mathematics prerequisites

The University's mathematics prerequisite applies to some University courses. Students applying through admission pathways should check the eligibility requirements for the course they are interested in.

1. Background

a. The E12 Scholarship is provided to successful domestic undergraduate applicants to the E12 admission pathway at the commencement of their first year of study.

2. Eligibility

a. The applicants must enrol in the University of Sydney course of study identified in the conditional offer letter provided to them under the E12 admissions pathway.

b. The applicant must commence their studies in the year of offer or defer for up to one year (provided the Scholarships Office has been notified prior semester one census date).

3. Selection Criteria

a. The Scholarship is awarded automatically on meeting the eligibility requirements for the E12 admission pathway. There are no additional selection criteria.

4. Value

a. The Scholarship is valued at $5,950 and is tenable for one year of the recipient’s first year of undergraduate degree.

b. The Scholarship will be made in two equal instalments after the census date of each semester.

c. The Scholarship recipient will be provided a University of Sydney Union ACCESS Rewards Membership for the duration of the E12 Scholarship.

d. The Scholarship may be transferable to a different course within the same Faculty with express written approval from the Admission Pathways Team. Applicant must apply for the transfer of course via admission.pathways@sydney.edu.au.

e. The scholarship cannot be transferred to courses from different Faculties, Schools or Universities.

f. Commencement of the Scholarship can be deferred for up to one year. Deferral of the Scholarship is not permitted without the prior permission of the Scholarships Office.

g. Recipients may hold the Scholarship on a part time basis due to extenuating circumstances (such as a medical condition) which limits the recipient’s capacity to undertake full time study. An application for a part-time scholarship must be submitted to the Scholarships Office. Where a part time scholarship is approved, payment will be 50% of the normal semester payment and the Scholarship will be extended by one semester for each semester that the recipient is approved to hold the Scholarship on a part-time basis and meets the ongoing eligibility requirements as stated in Clause 5.

h. The Scholarship may be suspended under extenuating circumstances. Approval for suspension is on a case-by-case basis upon application to the Scholarships Office.

i. No other amount is payable.

5. Ongoing eligibility

a. Continued enrolment in the University of Sydney course of study identified in the conditional offer letter provided to you under the E12 admissions pathway, or another course approved by the Admission Pathways Team as stated in section 4d in this document.

b. The Scholarship will be paid in two instalments. To receive the second and final instalment of the Scholarship, the recipient must achieve a minimum Semester Average Mark of 50. The Scholarship cannot be extended or renewed.

c. Students approved for part-time Scholarship in accordance with Clause 4g, must achieve a minimum Semester Average Mark of 50 in order to the receive subsequent instalment for the approved part-time duration of their scholarship.

6. Termination

a. The Scholarship will be terminated if the recipient:

I. withdraws from an eligible course or fails to enrol,

II. enrol in another course within the same faculty without written approval as per clause 4d,

III. commences study at another Higher Education provider prior commencing this scholarship,

IV. commences part-time study without prior approval,

V. does not maintain satisfactory academic performance as stated in Clause 5,

VI. is determined by the University to be guilty of serious misconduct, including, but not limited to, having provided false or misleading information as part of their Scholarship application,

VII. does not resume study at the end of a period of approved leave, or

VIII. any other provision as indicated in these terms that would lead to termination.

b. Once the Scholarship has been terminated, it will not be reinstated unless due to University error.

c. Where a student is found guilty of serious misconduct or withdraws from the relevant course, the University reserves the right to request that any Scholarship funds paid to the Scholarship recipient be reimbursed.

Download these terms and conditions (pdf, 142KB)

Successful applicants will receive a conditional E12 offer in mid-November.

Some courses have additional admission criteria where you may be asked to attend an interview with the faculty that teaches your E12 course, audition or submit a portfolio.

Once you have received your ATAR, met the conditions listed on your conditional E12 offer, as well as any other additional admission criteria and placed your E12 course as your first eligible preference by close of preferences for December Round 2 consideration, you will receive a UAC offer from us.

Next steps

1. Enrol

You will need to enrol online via Sydney Student. Find out more on how to enrol

Please note that you may be able to defer your E12 offer and scholarship for one year upon request.

2. Collect your E12 scholarship package

Once you're enrolled you can collect your E12 scholarship package. Read the E12 Scholarship Package Information flyer (pdf, 46KB) for more details.

We have a variety of accommodation options ranging from university-owned accommodation to residential colleges. Some of these options offer fully-waived application fees and generous scholarships to successful E12 students.

Application and scholarship deadlines vary therefore it is best to apply as soon as possible. To be considered for any concessions or specialised scholarships, you must advise in your application that you are an E12 applicant or student.

If you have any questions, please contact the accommodation provider directly.

University of Sydney owned accommodation
Application fee waiver No application fee. Acceptance fee of $200 waived for E12 students but bond (4 weeks rent) is payable on acceptance.
Available support There is a range of scholarships available to E12 applicants who indicate in their application that they meet the criteria for the accommodation grants program, UAC equity scholarships and/or Indigenous accommodation award.
  Find out more
International House
Application fee waiver
E12 students must email ih.info@sydney.edu.au to advise E12 status for waiver code prior to application.
Available support
International House offers a range of scholarships including 2 x $3000 scholarships for E12 students.
  Find out more
Mandelbaum House
Application fee waiver E12 students must email admin@mandelbaum.usyd.edu.au to advise of scheme status prior to applying.
Available support Mandelbaum House offers a range of scholarships to students based on academic merit and financial need.
  Find out more
St Andrew's College
Application fee waiver E12 students must email registrar@standrewscollege.edu.au to advise of scheme status prior to applying.
Available support St Andrew’s College offers a range of scholarships to students based on academic merit and financial need.
  Find out more
St Paul's College
Application fee waiver E12 students must email registrar@stpauls.edu.au to advise of scheme status prior to applying.
Available support St Paul’s College offers a range of scholarships to students based on criteria including academic merit and financial need.
  Find out more
Sancta Sophia College
Application fee waiver E12 students must email registrar@sancta.edu.au to advise of scheme status prior to applying.
Available support Sancta Sophia College offers a range of scholarships to students facing financial hardship who meet other eligibility criteria.
  Find out more
The Women's College
Application fee waiver No application fee waivers offered.
Available support The Women’s College offers a range of scholarships for Indigenous students and students facing financial hardship who meet other eligibility criteria.
  Find out more
St John's College
Application fee waiver E12 students must email admissions@stjohnscollege.edu.au to advise of scheme status prior to applying to receive a reduced application fee to $25 (from $100).
Available support St John's College offers a range of scholarships to students based on academic merit and financial need.
  Find out more
Wesley College
Application fee waiver Application fee payable, but successful E12 students must email registrar@wesleycollege-usyd.edu.au to have fee refunded.
Available support Wesley College offers a range of scholarships for Indigenous students, students from low socio-economic backgrounds and/or rural and remote areas.
  Find out more

The E12 Scheme identifies NSW Year 12 high school students who have the potential to succeed at the University of Sydney and provides an admission pathway for their next step to lifelong learning.

We invite you to encourage students who are eligible for E12, show potential to succeed, and would thrive on the opportunities offered by a University of Sydney education.

  • Once a student has submitted an E12 application (via SRS), principals will be able to submit supporting SRS ratings via UAC's SRS portal. Applications for E12 (via SRS) close on 30 September 2019. Principals will have until 11.59pm, Wednesday 9 October to submit SRS ratings. 
  • Students are to place the course they wish to be considered for under E12 as their first University of Sydney preference.
  • The eligible course listed as their first University of Sydney preference as at 11.59pm, 30 September 2019, will be the only course considered for their E12 application and cannot be changed.