Second Chance Aspire and Change of Preference

Your Aspire preferences aren’t set in stone. If you didn’t meet the requirements for your selected Aspire course, we’ve got another option for you.

See the FAQs for Second Chance Aspire below.

To find out more about Aspire Second Chance, register for one of our upcoming webinars:

Does an Aspire offer mean I’m guaranteed a place in my course at La Trobe University?

Congratulations on receiving your Aspire conditional offer. Your Aspire offer is conditional upon formally confirming your Aspire offer by meeting the following requirements:

  • successfully completing the VCE (or equivalent Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate) in 2021
  • meeting the minimum Aspire ATAR for the course offered
  • formally listing the course in your VTAC/UAC preferences list
  • meeting all the course admission criteria (including subject prerequisites and any other selection requirements).

If you do not meet these minimum requirements for your conditionally offered course, do not worry! Second Chance Aspire grants you the opportunity to change your Aspire Preferences and receive a new Aspire conditional offer in which you do meet the minimum prerequisites for.

VTAC will start formalising offers from January 2022. The offer you receive will be for the course listed highest on your preference list that you've met all the criteria for. That means, if you receive an offer to a course that is higher on your preference list than your Aspire offer, that will become your formal offer.

How do I confirm my Aspire offer?

Your Aspire offer is conditional, upon meeting the course requirements, which includes the following:

  • successfully completing the VCE (or equivalent Australian Year 12 or International Baccalaureate) in 2021
  • meeting the minimum Aspire ATAR for the course offered
  • formally listing the course in your VTAC/UAC preferences list
  • meeting all the course admission criteria (including subject prerequisites and any other selection requirements).

Confirming your Aspire offer is only available in the first round of VTAC/UAC offers round.

To ensure you confirm your Aspire Conditional offer, list the course as your highest eligible preference on your VTAC Preference List, for which you meet all the admission criteria for. If you are eligible to receive an offer for a course listed higher on your preference list than your conditional Aspire offer, then you will receive that course as your round one offer. You may still be considered for your La Trobe course in subsequent rounds, through the normal selection process via VTAC/UAC.

Does my conditional Aspire offer apply to multiple offer rounds?

No, your Aspire conditional offer will only be valid during first round of offers via VTAC/UAC.

Please note that you may still be eligible for your chosen La Trobe course in later rounds via the normal selection process through VTAC/UAC.

What if I don’t achieve the Aspire ATAR?

If you don’t achieve the Aspire ATAR, before the first round offers you can use Second Chance Aspire to change your Aspire conditional offer to a course in which you do meet the requirements.

What is Second Chance Aspire? And how do I go about applying for Second Chance Aspire?

Second Chance Aspire is an option to allow students a second chance to change their Aspire offer during the change of preference period if they have not met the admission/selection criteria of their original Aspire offer (Aspire ATAR and/or Pre-reqs & additional course requirements).

This is not a change of mind circumstance, but a second chance for Aspire students who have missed out on their Aspire course requirements. Students will be notified of the Second Chance Aspire process before change of preference and throughout the change of preference period in December.

You will not need to submit another application. Simply fill out the online form  to change your original Aspire offer into another La Trobe course in which you do meet the admission requirements.

  • VCE students: applications will open on the 16 of December, and close at 11.59 pm 17 December.
  • HSC students: applications will open on the 20 of January, and close at 11.59 pm 21 January.
  • IB Students: applications will open on the 3 of January, and close at 12 pm 4 January.

Can I apply for Second Chance Aspire if I have not received an Aspire conditional offer?

No. Second Chance Aspire is only available for students with Aspire conditional offers.

When can I apply for Second Chance Aspire?

Second Chance Aspire will be open during the change of preference period:

  • VCE students: applications will open on the 16 of December, and close at 11.59 pm 17 December.
  • HSC students: applications will open on the 20 of January, and close at 11.59 pm 21 January.
  • IB Students: applications will open on the 3 of January, and close at 12 pm 4 January.

Can I use Second Chance Aspire to change my mind about which course I want to pursue?

No. Second Chance Aspire allows you to select a new La Trobe course if you didn’t meet your original Aspire conditional offer requirements.

For example, if you didn’t meet the Aspire minimum ATAR requirement for the Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Honours) which you were conditionally offered, you will have a second chance to apply for a course through second chance Aspire which you do meet the admission requirements.

Do adjustment factors contribute to the Aspire ATAR?

Aspire offers are based on raw ATARs, before any adjustment factors have been considered i.e SEAS, Subject scaling etc.

The year 12 results released in December, will be display your raw ATAR and study scores.

If I confirm my Aspire offer, will I be able to defer?

Yes - deferral of your Aspire place is permitted provided that your course ordinarily allows deferral. Most courses will have the ability to defer for a maximum of one year, whereas others will a have an option to defer for one semester. For more information on deferral process please visit the deferral webpage.

Who do I contact for help when I receive a confirmed offer?

Our current student support team, ASK La Trobe, are here to help all our current students. ASK La Trobe can assist you with everything from enrolment or deferral, timetabling, academic support, and everything in between.

Contact ASK La Trobe on 1300 528 726.

When will the Aspire Scholarships be announced/released?

The Aspire Scholarships will be released from the first round of January offer rounds. The La Trobe Scholarships team will be in contact with the successful recipients via email.

To find out more about the scholarship and how it is awarded, visit Aspire scholarships.

Will I still be an Aspire student if I don’t get into my Aspire course?

Any student that received an Aspire conditional offer will be considered an Aspire student no matter what La Trobe course you enrolled in. All Aspire students will have access to the enrichment program.

Can I get support in knowing what course best pathways to my dream course?

Of course! You can contact us on 1300 135 045 or send us an email at study@latrobe.edu.au to find your best pathway. You may also search for best pathways via our pathways guide.

We also have a range of webinars throughout the December Change of Preference Period, which you can register for.

Need any more help?

If you need any help prior to offers during the Change of Preference Period and Second Chance Aspire, contact the Future Students team on 1300 135 045 or send us an email at study@latrobe.edu.au. You can also book a one-on-one consultation.

If you have received your confirmed offer, reach out to our current student team ASK La Trobe for assistance on enrolment, deferral, academic support and more. Call on 1300 528 726

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