CATEGORY 3: Disadvantaged financial background
Category 3 applies to applicants prevented from reaching their educational potential because of a disadvantaged financial background.
Applicants to this category need to indicate whether the circumstances are long term (in existence prior to 2013) or short term (existing only in 2014-2015).
Examples of circumstances considered may include, but are not limited to:
- Individual or family poverty
- Excessive financial obligations
- Economic hardship.
This is not an exhaustive or prescriptive list. It is provided as a guide to the kinds of circumstances institutions may consider.
To apply, you must understand the role that SEAS plays in selection and
- Meet the eligibility requirements
- Be in receipt of a Centrelink benefit (**); OR live with a parent/guardian who is in receipt of a Centrelink benefit (**); OR submit an impact statement (*)
- Obtain and submit a statement of support (***) if you provide an impact statement.
Institutions that recognise Category 3: Disadvantaged financial background
|Australian Catholic University||The Gordon||Photography Studies College (Melbourne)|
|Australian Maritime College||Holmesglen||RMIT University|
|Box Hill Institute||La Trobe Melbourne||Swinburne University of Technology|
|Charles Sturt University||La Trobe University||The University Of Melbourne|
|Chisholm Institute||Melbourne Institute of Technology||Victoria University|
|Deakin College||Melbourne Polytechnic||William Angliss Institute|
|Deakin University||Monash College||Wodonga Institute of TAFE|
|Elly Lukas||Monash University|
|Federation University||Navitas College of Public Safety|
Monash University: You must be receipt of a means tested Centrelink benefit, or have a parent/guardian in receipt of a means tested Centrelink benefit including Family Tax Benefit A, or submit a statement and evidence demonstrating financial disadvantage. The evidence must be no older than 3 months and clearly list all the family members and the annual household income
If you are applying on the basis of a parent/guardian Centrelink benefit you must provide a hard copy of their Centrelink statement listing combined family income and your name.
University of Melbourne: Applicants must be in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink income support payment, have parents in receipt of Family Tax Benefit A, or be able to demonstrate a disadvantaged financial background through an impact statement and statement of support.
Impact statement (*)
Applicants not in receipt of a Centrelink benefit or not living with parents who are in receipt of a Centrelink benefit must submit a statement of up to 2000 characters (not words) describing how their financial background has adversely effected their education.
Financial evidence (**)
If you do not give VTAC permission to electronically collect information about your Centrelink benefits you must provide proof in hardcopy. Applicants whose parent or guardian is in receipt of Family Tax Benefit must supply proof in hardcopy.
If the statement is not in your name you must provide hardcopy and write your name and relationship next to the name on the document.
Acceptable documents include the Centrelink statement of benefits. Bank statements showing Centrelink deposits are not acceptable forms of proof.
Statement of support (***)
Applicants who submit an impact statement must provide a statement of support from a responsible person who has the knowledge to confirm your financial situation and comment on the impact (see Supporting evidence).