What happens if I miss my UCAS application deadline?

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If you’re hoping to go to university in the coming year, then you haven’t got long left to get your application in.

The deadline for the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) to receive applications for the majority of undergraduate courses starting in September 2022 is today (January 26) at 6pm.

It’s obviously a key date for those seeking further education in the coming year – but if you miss the deadline to apply, does that also end your chances of getting a university place?

Here’s what to do if your UCAS application is too late…

What happens if I miss the UCAS application deadline?

With the majority of degrees starting in September 2022, there is still time to submit your UCAS application – but don’t leave it too late.

The January 26 deadline is known as the ‘equal consideration’ deadline – which means all universities must consider all applications made by this date equally.’

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UCAS explains: ‘Universities and colleges do not have to consider applications received after the deadline, although they can if they have spaces available once the on-time applications have been considered.’

If you miss the January date, then the next deadline you should be working towards is June 30 at 6pm – the final deadline for late applications.

You can apply any time after January 26 to meet this, but the earlier you apply the better your chances of getting the course you want.

From January 26, universities can start allocating places, meaning you might find some courses have started to fill up if your application is late as it is essentially first-come, first served.

If you leave it later than June 30 you will enter ‘clearing’ – the process used to fill any places they have left.

The deadline for entering the clearing process will be in September.

It’s worth noting that this deadline date does not cover all universities or degrees – in some cases the deadline has already passed.

For those applying for Oxford and Cambridge – or looking to do courses in medicine, veterinary science, or dentistry, the deadline for applying to start in September 2022 was October 15, 2021.

What needs to be done by the UCAS deadline dates?

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To apply, you need to complete the following tasks on UCAS:

  • Fill in your details, qualifications and course choices
  • Write a personal statement
  • Include your reference and pay your application fee

The UCAS website states: ‘Student funding arrangements mean that as offers are made and places fill up, some courses may only have vacancies for students from certain locations.

‘It’s therefore really important that you apply for your chosen courses by the appropriate deadlines mentioned above, as not all courses will have places for all students.’

You can apply for the university of your choice through the UCAS Hub.


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