Aspire applications for 2021 will open in June

Why join Aspire?

Join a community of like-minded leaders and trail blazers.

Secure a conditional offer to your chosen course in September.

Who can apply?

Year 12 students must:

  • demonstrate how you’ve made a positive contribution to the community
  • apply direct to La Trobe’s Aspire Program and via VTAC/UAC
  • be a domestic Year 12 student
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, or an onshore international student currently studying Year 12 in Australia.

Non-Year 12 students must:

  • demonstrate how you’ve made a positive contribution to the community
  • apply to La Trobe’s Aspire program and also submit an application via VTAC/UAC or La Trobe’s direct application portal
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • not be eligible for one year or more of credit from previous study.

How to apply?

  1. 1. Complete the online application
  2. 2. Provide two 200 word written statements
  3. 3. Pick your top three course preferences

Key dates

  • 1 June 2020: Applications for Semester 1 2021 open.

  • 31 August 2020: Applications close

  • Mid-September 2020: Early conditional offers released

Webinars: Learn all about Aspire, who it’s for and how to apply

Frequently asked questions

What is Aspire?

Aspire is an initiative for undergraduate school leavers and non-Year 12 students. The program recognises the positive impact you’ve had on your community when assessing your application to study with us and rewards you with a conditional offer into a La Trobe degree as early as September. If you’re in Year 12, you’ll also be invited to be part of an exciting enrichment program designed to give you a head start with your university studies.

How many applicants will be chosen for the Aspire program? Is there a maximum intake for any courses for this program?

It’s difficult to say exactly how many students will be admitted through the Aspire program.

The community engagement component makes up a large part of the selection criteria, and the number of students admitted through Aspire will depend entirely on the strength of their submissions.

Does the course I’ve been offered need to be my first preference?

Not necessarily. A condition of your Aspire offer is that it must be your highest eligible preference through VTAC or UAC, which means that the course needs to be the highest one on your preference list for which you meet the requirements.

For example, if you’re made an Aspire offer for health sciences but would prefer to study physiotherapy, you should definitely place physiotherapy higher than health sciences on your preference list. You’ll receive an offer for physiotherapy if you meet the course requirements. If you don’t, you may still be eligible for health sciences through Aspire, since the course would be the highest one on your preference list for which you meet the requirements.

I just missed out on the minimum ATAR listed as a condition of my Aspire offer. Would it still be possible for me to receive an offer through VTAC?

If you don’t get the ATAR needed to meet the conditions of your Aspire offer, it’s still possible to receive an offer for the course through the regular selection process. The reason for this is because the Aspire minimum ATAR requirements refer to "raw" scores (i.e. before bonuses are applied).

For example, say you receive an Aspire offer for the Bachelor of Business and get an ATAR of 46. While you wouldn’t meet the conditions of your Aspire offer, if you’re eligible for adjustment factors (such as SEAS), you may still receive an offer for the course through the regular selection process.

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