What is the difference between the Monash Guarantee and SEAS?
In simple terms, the Monash Guarantee promises entry at a lower ATAR, while the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) adjusts your ATAR. Operating both schemes ensures we can help as many students as possible. You do not have to choose between them – depending on your situation and background, you could be eligible for one, the other, or both. All Victorian universities use SEAS, while the Monash Guarantee is Monash-specific.
In both cases, you must still meet any other requirements your course might have. These could include subject prerequisites or extra requirements such as an audition, interview or folio.
Do I have to put my Monash Guarantee course as my first preference?
You should always put the course that you most want to study as your first preference. If a Monash Guarantee course is on your preference list but not first, you will only receive an offer for it if you do not get offered a place for a course higher in your list.
When do I find out about my place?
If you’re currently studying Year 12 in Victoria or Queensland, and applying for courses through VTAC for 2020, you're eligible to receive a course offer in December, just after your ATAR comes out. You’ll still be eligible in the January and February offer rounds as well, but an extra December round provides you the chance to receive a course offer earlier.
We'll be considering Monash Guarantee course preferences for the December and January offer rounds. We can only offer you a place through the Monash Guarantee or SEAS if the relevant course is included on your VTAC preference list. Entry is not guaranteed after the January offer round.
Will my SEAS-adjusted ATAR be used for the Monash Guarantee?
No. The Monash Guarantee provides guaranteed entry based on your achieved ATAR – the original ATAR you receive when results are released, before any SEAS adjustment is added.
How do I know if I live in a low socio-economic area?
You can find out if your address qualifies. Eligibility is according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas.
Do I still have to meet prerequisites for my course if I am eligible for the Monash Guarantee?
Yes, you must still meet all course prerequisites (eg. minimum study scores in particular subjects) and extra requirements (such as the UCAT or an audition) to be eligible for a course offer through the Monash Guarantee.
What is an achieved ATAR?
Your achieved ATAR is the ATAR you receive before any SEAS additional points are added. This is the ATAR you are sent when results are released. Your eligibility for the Monash Guarantee is based on your achieved ATAR.
Which campus can I study at if I enter via the Monash Guarantee?
The Monash Guarantee ATAR applies to every campus on which the course is taught. Find out where the courses you’re interested in are taught.
What if I don't meet the Monash Guarantee ATAR?
You can still be considered for selection through the normal selection process and SEAS.
How many SEAS additional points will I get, and how is this determined?
Your circumstances are considered individually and points will be awarded based on the information you provide in your SEAS application. Our SEAS calculator helps you estimate your adjusted ATAR. But remember, this is just an estimate.
What if I have applied for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) under other categories of disadvantage?
The Monash Guarantee applies to students are who financially disadvantaged, are Indigenous Australians, live in a low socioeconomic area or are from a Monash under-represented school.
How do I know if I come from a Monash-listed under-represented school?
Monash has identified schools from all over Australia that are under-represented in higher education. If you attend one of these under-represented schools and achieve the required ATAR, you’ll be eligible for the Monash Guarantee.
How do I know if I am considered to be financially disadvantaged?
If you or your family have a low income you may be considered financially disadvantaged. This can be demonstrated in any of the following ways:
- You receive an income-tested Centrelink benefit (eg. Youth Allowance, Abstudy or Health Care Card)
- Your parents/guardians receive an income-tested Centrelink benefit (eg. Family Tax Benefit A)
- You and/or your family are facing financial hardship or excessive financial obligations but not receiving a Centrelink benefit (eg. living on a farm suffering from drought or floods).
Whatever your situation, you must provide evidence as part of your SEAS and scholarship applications.
How does the guarantee work for the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine?
Entry to this course is based on a combination of ATAR, UCAT and interview. You cannot be guaranteed an offer for this course. We have reserved some places for Monash Guarantee students who would not otherwise have been offered a place, and have the strongest results across the range of criteria.