Who can apply for Aspire?

A successful Aspire applicant can look like many different things. Perhaps you’re the coach of a sports team or volunteer regularly at your local nursing home. Maybe you’re the leader of a fundraising group for your school or even go above and beyond to help your family.

Overall, we look for applicants who have gained skills, knowledge and experience through volunteering or making a positive contribution to their community.

Aspire is open to current domestic and onshore international Year 12 students and non-Year 12 students.

Eligibility criteria

Year 12 students

To receive an early conditional offer through Aspire as a Year 12 student, you must:

  • 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

To receive an early conditional offer through Aspire as a non-Year 12 student, you must:

  • apply to La Trobe’s Aspire Program and submit an application via one of the following platforms:
    • VTAC/UAC
    • La Trobe’s direct application portal (only available for certain courses and to applicants who have not already applied via VTAC)
  • be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • not be eligible for one year or more of credit from previous study.

We consider all types of community engagement but if you’re still not sure you’re eligible for Aspire, get in touch

Aspire for high school students

Interested in Aspire but not in Year 12 yet? There are plenty of things you can do to make a difference in your community and bolster your application for when you’re in your final year of high school.

Volunteering is an effective way to grow your personal and professional skills. By getting involved with your school or local community organisations, you’ll develop valuable knowledge and experience that’ll help you through school, uni and beyond.

You can also start to think about your passions and hobbies and how they can help people around you. Harry, a current Aspire student at La Trobe, explains how his love of breakdancing helps his community:

Over the past four years, I’ve been participating in our school’s breakdancing club. Our club recognises the need to promote hip-hop culture and keep vulnerable teenage boys away from unsafe activities. As club president, I train for many hours, develop music mixes and performance outlines and take the time to ensure the club’s development. I’ve learnt how to lead and inspire a large group of adolescent boys, as well as give back to the school and general community through breakdance.

Want to learn more about Aspire or need some ideas for how you can get involved in your community? Get in touch with our friendly team for more information.


If you’re an Indigenous student with a passion for giving back to your community and a desire to study at university, learn more about our I-Aspire program.

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