Regional Benefits Program

The path ahead starts here

La Trobe’s Regional Benefits Program empowers high achieving students from regional communities to live, study and thrive in regional Victoria.

If you come from a regional school and scored an ATAR of 80 or higher, you can choose from any undergraduate degree1 offered at La Trobe’s Bendigo, Albury-Wodonga, Mildura or Shepparton campuses and we’ll guarantee you a place in the Regional Benefits Program.

In addition, you’ll have access to opportunities and a supportive network to help you explore your passion. The Regional Benefits Program will set you up for success and help you make the most of your university experience.

You will:

  • surround yourself with like-minded students – your high-achieving friends will be your support network for years to come
  • attend workshops and seminars that prepare you to be a leader in your field
  • stack up your industry experience with a guaranteed Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity
  • receive a grant to study overseas
  • fast-track your success with all the other opportunities that come your way.

1. An ATAR of 85 is required to access the Regional Benefits program for the Bachelor of Applied Science and Master of Physiotherapy Practice, Bachelor of Health Sciences in Dentistry/Master of Dentistry or Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical).

Take advantage of the guaranteed benefits

Kickstart your university experience with scholarships, opportunities and a caring network of like-minded students to set you up for success.

Membership to our elite program

You’ll be a member of the La Trobe Student Excellence Academy, which recognises and rewards diverse forms of excellence and nurtures the next generation of leaders.

We offer:

  • tailored leadership development seminars
  • targeted career support
  • priority access to industry mentoring and work placements
  • opportunities to represent La Trobe at national and international events
  • connection to a network of outstanding students across all our campuses
  • opportunities to explore your passions and extend yourself into new areas.

Guaranteed grant for overseas study

All regional campus students who are eligible for international exchange are guaranteed to receive a Student Mobility Grant of at least $1000 for a semester overseas. Smaller scholarships are also available for shorter international programs.

Experience work and industry

Get priority placements in the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) program. La Trobe guarantees you the opportunity to participate in a work placement program in the second or third year of your degree. We’ll place you in an exciting and interesting organisation to watch, learn and apply your theoretical knowledge to your chosen industry.

Interested in studying Dentistry or Biomedical Sciences (Medical)?

These degrees have their own benefit program entry requirements.

Regional Dentistry

Study Dentistry in Bendigo. This course offers a focus on rural health needs, policy and services. You’ll gain direct experience in regional clinics in Bendigo, Melton, Wodonga and Mildura. With an ATAR over 85, you’ll be guaranteed regional benefits – from leadership programs to international study and work experience opportunities.

Dentistry- Bonus ATAR points for rural students

If you are applying for this course and living in RRMA zones 3 and 4, you receive 10 points added to your ATAR. If you live in RRMA zones 5 and 6 you receive 12.5 points, and if you live in in RRMA zone 7 you receive 15 points. Find your RRMA zone [external link].

Regional Biomedical Science (Medical)

Study a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Medical) in Bendigo or Albury/Wodonga and prepare for graduate entry into Medicine. Score an ATAR over 85 and you’ll be rewarded with exciting opportunities and benefits.

Eligibility

Regional Benefits Program

You’re eligible if you:

  1. have completed Years 11 and 12 at a school in an area classified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2 to RA5
  2. scored an ATAR of 80 or higher (85 for physio, dentistry or biomedical science) – not including adjustment factors
  3. meet all the subject-specific prerequisites and are accepted to your chosen course at one of La Trobe’s regional campuses.

Regional Dentistry Benefits Program

You’re eligible if you:

  1. have lived in an area classified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2 to RA5 for at least five years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively
  2. scored an ATAR of 85 or higher – not including adjustment factors
  3. meet all the subject-specific prerequisites and are accepted to your chosen course at one of La Trobe’s regional campuses.

Regional Biomedical Science (Medical) Benefits Program

You’re eligible if you:

  1. have lived in an area classified by the Australian Standard Geographical Classification Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2 to RA5 for at least five years consecutively or 10 years cumulatively
  2. scored an ATAR of 85 or higher – not including adjustment factors
  3. meet all the subject-specific prerequisites and are accepted to your chosen course at one of La Trobe’s regional campuses.

How to apply

Applications are accepted via VTAC only.

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