Drought affected HSC students getting a leg up to tertiary education

Dry school: Drought affected year 12 students can claim special considerations for the HSC.
Dry school: Drought affected year 12 students can claim special considerations for the HSC.

The Universities Admission Centre have launched their own drought relief initiative aimed at helping hundreds of students that have been stretching their hours between study and working on the family farm.

While UAC have always offered Educational Access Schemes to students that have faced major diversity such as financial hardship, illness and disability or severe family disruption, this year drought affected students can also access the scheme.

UAC’s General Manager of Marketing and Engagement Kim Paino said “with 100 per cent of NSW now in drought, the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) is getting behind drought-affected students to help them access opportunities for higher education, potentially increasing their chances of receiving a university offer.”

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“We understand that students in drought-stricken areas are under extra pressure, some of them working long hours on farms before and after school,” she said.

“We want to make sure these students have the chance to pursue their educational aspirations.’

UAC is encouraging all students who are feeling the strain of the drought to apply for EAS via the UAC website.

Students who attend schools in regional and remote areas are automatically eligible for EAS consideration and will receive notification from UAC after they apply for study.

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