Students can now secure offers earlier

After a few challenging years, students seeking more certainty can now secure a conditional offer to study at La Trobe University by the end of their Year 11 studies.

This new addition to the University's early entry program Aspire rewards students who are performing well in Year 11, and have a school recommendation, by providing them with an early conditional offer into select courses.

La Trobe Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students), Professor Jessica Vanderlelie, said the new program will alleviate stress and give students more certainty during a challenging time.

"Year 12 can be a really stressful time - particularly for this cohort, many of whom are still reeling from two years of interrupted schooling due to the pandemic," Professor Vanderlelie said.

"This new Aspire offering recognises that students' Year 11 results are a strong indicator of how they will perform in Year 12 and beyond - meaning students can apply, receive a conditional offer, and start planning their future, well before their Year 12 results or ATAR are known."

Professor Vanderlelie said La Trobe's Aspire program - which has been offered to Year 12 students since 2014 - has already proven hugely successful, with more than 18,000 students submitting successful applications.

"With study support offered in VCE and throughout their university studies, as well as travel grants and other benefits, La Trobe Aspire students have higher levels of engagement, higher completion rates and consistently outperform their peers while they attend university," Professor Vanderlelie said.

"We expect that students applying through the Year 11 Aspire program will have similar levels of success, and enjoy the experience as much as their predecessors who applied in Year 12."

Bendigo La Trobe Student Grace Byrne applied through Aspire when she was in Year 12, and said being part of the program made a big difference to her final year of school.

"It definitely took the pressure off in year 12 - and I really felt like I had support through the process of applying for uni," Ms Byrne said.

"I had wanted to study to become an OT since I was in year 9, and I knew it was a really competitive course to get into, so it was amazing to have the support of the Aspire program when I was in my final year of school."

"Now I'm in first year and I'm loving studying OT, I'm so glad that Aspire opened up the doors to me and I think it's great that now Year 11s can be part of the program." Ms Byrne said.

More about Year 11 Aspire:
  • Year 11 students can now apply to receive an early conditional offer to a selected range of courses at La Trobe, based on their Year 11 results and a recommendation from their school
  • Once a conditional offer is made, students must successfully complete year 12 and meet the minimum requirements for prerequisite studies.
  • Those in the Aspire program will get free access to the Succeeding at University short course before commencing their first semester. They will also receive exclusive benefits designed to nurture their skills and help them success at university and beyond.
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