What is UCAS Extra?

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If you've used all five choices on your application, and you're not holding any offers, then you can add extra choices to your application - free of charge.

UCAS Extra is now open

You can now use UCAS Extra to add an additional choice to your application if you have already used all five of your choices. UCAS Extra closes Thursday 4 July.

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What is UCAS Extra?

UCAS Extra is an option that allows you to add more choices to your UCAS application.

The free service is available for everyone who has currently used all five choices on their application, and has offers for none of them.

This gives you another chance to get a place at a university even if they weren't initially part of your application. 

UCAS Extra opened Wednesday 28 February and closes Thursday 4 July.

For information on applying to university after this date, please visit our clearing page.

How does UCAS Extra work?

When applying for universities through UCAS, you have a maximum of five options available to apply to. These are known as your choices.

If you have used all five of your choices, and currently don't hold an offer with any of them, then UCAS Extra will become available to you. The "Add extra choice" button will show up on your application portal on the UCAS website.

UCAS Extra allows you to have a sixth choice. This gives you an extra opportunity to apply to a university or course that you didn't already apply for.

You can only apply to one extra choice at a time. If you receive an offer, but want to add another choice, you'll have to decline that offer first. You can withdraw your extra choice at any time before an offer is made, if you have changed your mind.

If you decline the offer, or don't get a decision with 21 days, you can add another choice. You can do this as many times as you want, but universities have to make their decisions by Friday 12 July.

Who can use UCAS Extra?

You can use UCAS Extra if you have used all five of your application choices and don't hold an offer with any of them.

Not holding any offers can mean any or all of the following:

  • You have declined offers made by universities
  • You didn't receive an offer from universities, or a decision wasn't made in time
  • Offers made to you were withdrawn by universities
  • You don't meet the conditions of a conditional offer from a university

If you think you meet these criteria, it's easy to check if you can use UCAS Extra. You can log in to your UCAS application hub, and you should see the option to add an extra choice.

Not everyone uses all five choices in their initial application. If you haven't, then UCAS Extra will not apply to you. In this case, if you want to add more choices up to a total of five, you can log in to your UCAS application hub and add more choices before Sunday 30 June.

Frequently asked questions about UCAS Extra