Submitting your application and not sure if you qualify for SEAS or special consideration? Read on, you might be eligible for more than you think.
What is SEAS?
The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) allows applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage to receive special consideration for course entry. SEAS is an umbrella program used by most institutions, so a single SEAS application will cover all participating courses.
Some institutions run their own separate special consideration schemes instead. A list of these institutions can be found here on the VTAC website.
How to apply for SEAS?
After you apply for courses 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 Account. One SEAS application considers you across all of the institutions that participate in the special consideration scheme through VTAC.
There are four different SEAS categories and you can apply for as many of the categories that are relevant 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 with no additional documentation required:
● 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 location (or school location) – consideration may be granted if you live in a regional or remote location
● 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 under-represented 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 impact of disadvantage experienced by the applicant.
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, however 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 completing the subject prerequisites and selection 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.
See our next blog about how SEAS works in selection.