UTS sees the diversity of its student community as a positive feature of university life.
By expanding and strengthening access schemes and admission pathways into UTS for people from diverse backgrounds, we aim to ensure that all students, including those from low socioeconomic backgrounds and/or Indigenous students, have an opportunity to access our courses.
This involves implementing UTS access schemes for school leavers that recognise academic potential beyond ATAR attainment, expanding UTS access schemes and pathways for mature age students, and providing financial support to assist students who are experiencing disadvantage.
- Diversity Access Scholarships are available to assist students experiencing financial hardship. Other forms of educational disadvantage are also considered such as disability or an ongoing medical condition, a rural home address, a refugee background or carers’ responsibilities.
- Equity-focused Educational Access Schemes (EAS), including inpUTS and the Year 12 Schools Recommendation Scheme (SRS), are available for prospective students who have experienced educational disadvantage as a result of family, personal or financial circumstances. Eligible students will receive an adjustment factor of up to 10 points towards their ATAR or UAC admission rank, improving their access to a range of course options
- The UTS Humanitarian Access Package supports undergraduate study for students from a Refugee or Asylum Seeker background. The package includes wrap-around academic, personal and financial support and the opportunity to undertake paid internships through the UTS partnership with CareerSeekers. It also includes up to 16 full tuition scholarships for asylum seekers unable to access Commonwealth Supported Places and loan schemes.
- Care leavers Support is available for students and prospective students who are in formal out-of-home care (e.g. foster care, residential care, kinship care, being a ward of the State). Students receive ongoing support and advise while studying at UTS, and prospective students are provided with advice and guidance before applying.
- The UTS Jumbunna Pathways Program offers prospective undergraduate Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students an opportunity to demonstrate their capability for higher education via a testing, assessment and interview process. Selection is also based on factors including previous life, education and work experience.
- The UTS Jumbunna Unistart Program provides a pathway into university study for persons of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent. The one year course is designed for those who may not have met the entry requirements for university study. Students who successfully complete Unistart go into the first year of their chosen course at UTS with credits towards their degree.
- Financial Support and Equity Grants are available to support students who are experiencing financial hardship, live a long distance from the university, have a disability or illness, have carer responsibilities and/or are Indigenous Australians.
- Weekly rental subsidies are available for local students living in UTS Housing who are experiencing financial hardship.
- The U@Uni TAFE Pathways Project expands and develops entry pathways for noncurrent school leavers into university study across a number of UTS faculties.