When you submit a SEAS application, for most of the categories you will need to provide some sort of evidence to prove or describe your educational disadvantage.
There are two types of statements:
● Impact statement (provided by you, the applicant)
● Statement of support (provided by a relevant responsible person, such as a medical professional, or someone with knowledge of the situation that can support your claims)
An Impact Statement should clearly detail the impact of the disadvantage on your education. The most important thing to communicate in an Impact Statement is the impact of the disadvantage.
Good Impact Statements include information on how the circumstances have had an adverse impact on:
● your ability to study and perform assessment tasks;
● your ability to access educational resources; and/or
● your ability to attend school or tuition.
Good Impact Statements are succinct, honest, and explain the context, date and impact of the disadvantage.
If you do not include this information, your SEAS application may not be considered.
What not to write:
● Long winded statements or those that read “call me for more information”
● Blank statements or those that assume a Statement of Support is sufficient
● Statements that refer to another part of the application, e.g. “see scholarships” or “it’s too hard to explain”
● Orchestrated statements – be genuine
Statement of Support
A Statement of Support is evidence that supports your SEAS claim.
If you are applying for Category 4 – Disability or medical condition, you should get a Statement of Support from a treating medical practitioner who is familiar with your circumstances and can support your claims and explain how the condition has impacted on your education.
In addition, you can also get a Statement of Support for SEAS Categories 2 and 3 from a responsible person (see the VTAC website for definition of this), to support your claims and can comment on the educational impact.
Applicants should ask those supplying a Statement of Support, to:
● Clearly outline the situation, or if Category 4, disability or medical condition
● Include a timeline
● Outline how you have been educationally impacted
If you need to get a statement from a medical professional, start making appointments now in order to submit your documentation by the deadline of 5pm, Friday 5 June 2015.
Any documentation you supply in hard copy should be accompanied by the correct coversheet (available in your user account). Statements of Support attached to the wrong coversheet (such as Personal Statement or Scholarships) will not be considered.
For all SEAS documentation: evidence and impact is the key.