Submitting your application and not sure if you qualify for SEAS or special consideration? Read on, it may be easier than you think.
What is SEAS?
The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) is for applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage. SEAS is an umbrella program used by most institutions. Some institutions run their own schemes, these are referred to as Special Consideration schemes. A list of these can be found here on the VTAC website.
How to apply for SEAS?
When you apply through VTAC (that is, you have registered and submitted a minimum of one preference in the course application section), you are able to apply for SEAS through your VTAC User Account.
There are four different SEAS categories and you can apply for as many of the categories as apply to your situation. Requirements for each category can differ and in many cases you will need to provide additional information, such as an ‘Impact Statement’, ‘Statement of Support’ or other supporting documentation.
It’s recommended that you apply for Category 1 of SEAS, it’s as simple as an opt-in tick box, which takes into consideration the following factors:
● Age – some institutions may give consideration to applicants being at or above a particular age for their mature-age entry schemes.
● Recognition as an Indigenous Australian.
● Residential postcode (or school location postcode) – consideration may be granted if you live in an area determined to be rural or isolated.
● Under-represented schools – particular institutions may offer consideration to some applicants who come from a school that is under-represented at that institution or in the tertiary sector.
● Gender – some institutions give consideration to applicants planning to study a course historically underrepresented by a specific gender.
● Non-English speaking background.
● First in family to attend university.
How can SEAS help?
A SEAS application will take into consideration the circumstances of disadvantage experienced. At an institutional level, each institution the applicant is applying to will assess the application, consider the circumstances and apply their selection policy.
A SEAS application does not change results or qualifications already achieved, it enables selection officers to consider the circumstances that may have affected your educational progress.There is a table of all of the institutions and the SEAS categories that they consider on the VTAC website.
What doesn’t SEAS do?
Submitting a SEAS application doesn’t exempt you from meeting the subject prerequisites and selection criteria outlined in the course description. You will still be required to attend all interviews or auditions, sit any tests required, submit all folios and fill out required forms.
SEAS applications must be completed and all supporting documentation received by the VTAC Office by 5pm sharp on 6 October.
There are a few options available to you in supplying SEAS documentation and statements of support. Firstly, you can submit these in hardcopy by printing a coversheet from your User Account and posting them together to the VTAC Office. Alternatively, you can generate a one-time login for someone else to complete an online statement of support from the SEAS application screen.
You also have the option of scanning and uploading documents in PDF or JPEG format on the SEAS application screen. Please note; PDFs must not be saved as ‘Secure PDF’ documents. If you are having trouble uploading a PDF, please check for the word Secure in the file name (see below) and if it appears print the document and scan again as a JPEG.