Should I apply for special consideration?

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 run 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 for courses through VTAC (that is, you have registered and submitted at least one preference), you are able to apply for SEAS. The application is in your VTAC user account.

If you applied for SEAS between August and December 2015, you can re-activate your SEAS account on the VTAC website. If your circumstances have changed, you can update your impact statement and obtain a new statement of support that is relevant to your current situation.

There are 4 different SEAS categories, covering different types of educational disadvantage.

You can apply for any categories that are relevant to your situation. Requirements for each category can differ, so be sure to read the requirements for each category you submit to see if it is necessary to provide additional information, such as an ‘Impact Statement’, ‘Statement of Support’ or other supporting documentation. This page on the VTAC website talks about evidence to provide on your SEAS application.

We recommend 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
●   Living postcode (or school location postcode) – consideration may be granted if you   live in an area determined to be rural or isolated
●   Gender – some institutions give consideration to applicants planning to study a course historically underrepresented by a specific gender.
●   Non-English speaking background

How can SEAS help?

A SEAS application will take into consideration the impact 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, but it enables selection officers to consider the circumstances that may have affected your educational progress.

What doesn’t SEAS do?

Submitting a SEAS application doesn’t mean that you are exempt from meeting the selection and prerequisite subject requirements 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.

How does SEAS affect offers?

Submitting a SEAS application doesn’t mean that you are guaranteed an offer, however selection officers may take into consideration your educational disadvantage when ranking eligible applicants for a course.

There is a table of all of the institutions and the SEAS categories that they consider on the VTAC website.

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