Aspire Community Contribution

Give back to your community to get an early conditional offer to La Trobe.

Applications open: April 2023
Applications close: August 2023

Second Chance Aspire opens in December 2022 (current Aspire Community Contribution applicants only). Learn more about Second Chance Aspire.

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What’s the Aspire Community Contribution program?

Have you been a leader? A volunteer? A key part of your community? Then we want to hear from you.

The Aspire Community Contribution program rewards your involvement in community, leadership and volunteering with an early conditional offer into your chosen course at La Trobe. This means you’ll know if you have a place at university by October, or even earlier.

With Aspire, you can lock in your future and set yourself up to succeed right now — and when you get here.

Who can apply?

The Aspire Community Contribution program is a great option for students that are looking to use their community service or leadership experience to secure a spot in their dream course at La Trobe.

We consider all past and present community engagement that makes a positive contribution, such as leadership, volunteering, family support or participation.

The Community Contribution program is open to:

  • current Year 12 students
  • non-school leaver applicants
  • international onshore students.

If you're a student volunteering with one of our partner organisations, you will receive an automatic conditional offer at La Trobe University.

Types of volunteering

Here are some examples of Aspire students' community work:

  • fundraising for charity
  • helping to run a school or community club
  • coaching a sports team
  • volunteering at a nursing home
  • mentoring younger students
  • leading as a school or house captain

Why apply for Aspire Community Contribution?

Early conditional offer

You’ll have access to Aspire ATAR and receive an early conditional offer. Open to all undergraduate courses.

Aspire scholarships

When you apply for Aspire, you will be automatically considered for an Aspire scholarship worth up to $5,000 per year

Access to revision lectures and study guides

Get access to exclusive study support resources to help you prepare for exams.

Student exchange support

Receive up to an additional $1,500 for student exchange opportunities.

Indigenous student support

Gain additional benefits through the RISE program.

How to apply

Key application dates

Applications open:

Applications close: 16 September 2022.

Second Chance Aspire opens in December 2022 (current Aspire applicants only). Learn more about Second Chance Aspire.

  • Confirm your eligibility

    To be eligible for Aspire Community Contribution, you will need ensure you meet the application criteria.

    Contact our Future Students Centre on 1300 135 045 or talk to us via live chat if you need help or for more information

  • Prepare for your application

    Ensure you understand the application requirements and have everything in order to submit your application.

    You’ll need to provide information about the length and frequency of your community service or volunteering experience, and describe your involvement and impact.

    Please provide two 100-word statements responding to the following criteria:

    • List the activities you’ve been involved in and describe them to us.
    • How long you’ve been involved in community engagement and/or volunteering.
    • Details of your impact (your impact on the community and your own self-development through your actions).

    You can learn how to fill your application form from our sample Aspire application [PDF 206.9KB].

  • Preference your Aspire course(s)

    You can only nominate up to three courses, so it's important to select your course preferences carefully. Conditional offers are released during the application cycle, and confirmed offers are released during the VTAC first round offers.

    • Year 12s: To secure your Aspire place, ensure the course you applied for with Aspire is listed among your preferences in VTAC/UAC. The offer you receive from VTAC/UAC will be for the course listed highest on your preference list, assuming you've met all the admission criteria. Remember, your Aspire offer is only available in the first round of offers.
    • Non-Year 12s: You need to submit an application through VTAC/UAC in addition to your Aspire application. Make sure the course you apply for in Aspire is the same as in your VTAC/UAC application.
  • Submit your application

    Once you’ve read through and understood the requirements, it's time to submit your application.

What university courses can I apply for?

The Aspire Community Contribution program will reward you with an Aspire ATAR and early conditional offer into all undergraduate programs at La Trobe.

This option will enable you to gain an early conditional entry at La Trobe, provided you meet the Aspire ATAR requirements and any other general course requirements for entry such as subject prerequisites or additional entry criteria.

Learn more about Aspire ATAR >

FAQ

An early conditional offer is an offer to say you have a place reserved for you in the course you’ve applied for, but you will still need to meet any entry requirements that are outlined in your offer.

The Aspire Community Contribution program is open to all undergraduate courses at La Trobe.

However, some courses may be more competitive due to limited places (e.g. Bachelor of Dental Science (Hons) and Bachelor of Physiotherapy (Hons)).

If you don't meet the requirements for Aspire Community Contribution, you can apply for any of the other Aspire programs, provided you can meet their eligibility requirements.

However, you can also still apply for any of the courses via the normal admission process through VTAC or apply for second chance Aspire.

For conditional offers in courses with limited places, you should receive an outcome in August 2023.

For conditional offers in all other courses, we release outcomes weekly throughout 2023.

Confirmed offers will be released in December 2023 during the first round of VTAC/UAC offers.

The Aspire conditions are applicable only to the course that you have received an early offer for (this can't be changed).

You’ll still be considered via the normal admissions process for any other course you have listed in your VTAC/UAC preference list in order of your preferences.

If you’re a student volunteering with one of our partner organisations, you’ll receive an automatic conditional offer at La Trobe.

To receive your conditional offer, you must follow the standard application process and ensure you meet the admission criteria.

We consider all community engagement, past and present, that makes a positive difference. Here’s some examples of Aspire students’ community work:

  • fundraising for charity
  • helping to run a school or community club
  • coaching a sports team
  • volunteering at an aged care home
  • mentoring younger students
  • leading as a school or house captain.

You can apply for all undergraduate courses at La Trobe through Aspire Community contribution.

You can apply for up to three (3) preferences, keeping in mind that some courses have limited places.

You may only receive one Aspire conditional offer for one of the courses preferenced in your application, in order of your preferences.

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