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Educational Access Scheme benefits

QTAC's Educational Access Scheme (EAS) offers assistance to applicants who have experienced difficult circumstances that have negatively impacted on their studies. If you've applied for a course at QUT via the Educational Access Scheme (EAS), you'll have access to free, confidential ongoing support once you are enrolled.

The EAS has five categories, and we offer support and benefits to students in each category.

Financial hardship

  • If you are eligible in this category, you will be awarded a QUT Equity Scholarship valued at $3,500 (paid in two instalments). You can also apply directly to the Equity Scholarships Scheme to be considered for a computer with internet access and a USB drive. You can only receive an Equity computer every second year. For example, if you received one in 2017, you can't receive one in 2018.
  • Smith Family Learning for Life students who apply to the Equity Scholarships Scheme are guaranteed an Equity Scholarship, and an Equity computer if starting study in Semester 1. You can only receive an Equity computer every second year. For example, if you received one in 2017, you can't receive one in 2018.
  • It's a good idea to ensure you are receiving the maximum Centrelink (Department of Human Services) benefits you are entitled to. Department of Human Services also currently offers scholarships including Start-Up and Relocation scholarships, and if you receive Centrelink benefits (even partial payments) you might be eligible.
  • Make sure you know your HECS-HELP options; low-income students should consider deferred payment options. Deferring your HECS-HELP has no effect on your academic progress, it just means you pay your fees back once you graduate and begin working.
  • Welfare Officers are available via QUT Student Counselling to assist you with issues relating to Centrelink payments, accommodation, budgeting or tenancy, and can refer you to other community resources. All appointments are free and confidential.
  • The QUT Guild has a second-hand bookshop, food bank, tax help program and free legal advice.
  • Other free services for students include the QUT Medical Centre and Careers and Employment, which can help you save money on essentials in the short term.

Home environment and responsibilities

  • If you want to improve your efficiency and confidence with study, the QUT Library offers free Academic Skills Workshops and consultations. The sessions are interactive and focused on practical strategies.
  • QUT Student Counselling provide free, confidential support to students who need help when personal circumstances interfere with their studies. Welfare Officers are also available to assist you with issues relating to Centrelink payments, accommodation, budgeting or tenancy, and can refer you to other community resources.
  • If you are looking for somewhere to live, our various accommodation services can provide information about searching for rental properties, emergency accommodation, and everything between.
  • The QUT Guild has a second-hand bookshop, food bank, tax help program and free legal advice.
  • If you speak English as an additional language, Academic Language and Learning Services provide assistance with assessments, academic writing and speaking, professional communication skills, and general study skills.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students should make contact with the Oodgeroo Unit to access a wide range of services including the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, learning and academic extension programs, personal and cultural support and access to common rooms and computer labs.
  • If you are part of the Smith Family Learning for Life program, or have recently left foster care or out-of-home care you can access free career counselling through the Your Future Careers team.

English language difficulty

  • If you speak English as an additional language, Academic Language and Learning Services provide assistance with assessments, academic writing and speaking, professional communication skills, and general study skills.
  • QUT Student Counselling provide free, confidential support to students who need help when personal circumstances interfere with their studies.
  • The East West Centre celebrates and acknowledges the diversity of QUT. Attend one of their events to meet other students and learn about each other in a safe and supportive environment.
  • The QUT Guild has a number of cultural and language student clubs enabling students to share their culture.

Personal illness and disability

  • Prospective and enrolled students with a disability, injury or health condition (permanent, temporary, episodic or fluctuating) should make contact with Disability Services as soon as possible. Disability Advisers work with students to develop and maintain a service plan to ensure you get the most from tertiary study. Our services include: assistive technology support, alternative formatting of course materials, assessment support and a note taker program. Disability Advisers are the first point of contact for gaining access to our services, so getting in touch early is essential. This service is free, confidential and won't appear on your student record.
  • QUT Student Counselling provide free, confidential support to students who need help when personal circumstances interfere with their studies. Welfare Officers are also available to assist you with issues relating to Centrelink payments, accommodation, budgeting or tenancy, and can refer you to other community resources. All appointments are free and confidential.

Educational disruption

  • The QUT Library offers free Academic Skills Workshops and consultations to students who would like help with writing assignments. The sessions are interactive and focused on practical strategies to help you improve your efficiency and confidence with study.
  • If you're from a rural, regional or remote area, Student life contains useful information like tips on finding accommodation, employment, and adjusting to tertiary study at QUT.
  • The Equity Scholarships Scheme assists students experiencing financial hardship, scholarships range from $1,500-$5,000 a year and are awarded based on financial need.
  • Our various accommodation support services can provide advice on finding and securing accommodation. They can also provide assistance if you have any problems arising from your accommodation.
  • If you speak English as an additional language Academic Language and Learning Services provide assistance with assessments, academic writing and speaking, professional communication skills, and general study skills.
  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students should make contact with the Oodgeroo Unit to access a wide range of services including the Centralised Assessment Selection Program, learning and academic extension programs, personal and cultural support and access to common rooms and computer labs.
  • For students who identify as lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; intersex; queer or questioning; asexual, agender or aromantic; and those with other diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTIQA+), the Ally Network, Queer Collective and Pride of QUT are inclusive support groups.
  • The QUT Guild offers a range of sporting, cultural, language and interest groups for students. New clubs are being formed by students all the time to enrich the campus culture and help students connect.

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