Special consideration for financial hardship

Also known as VTAC SEAS Category 2: Disadvantaged financial background

Studying while juggling financial hardship shows persistence and resilience. By applying for special consideration, we can recognise the obstacles you’ve overcome and increase your ATAR based on what you would have achieved if your situation was different.


At Deakin, Category 2 includes special consideration for the following subcategories.

Subcategory Consideration givenEligibility
Disadvantaged financial background - Centrelink recipient Up to 10 aggregate points For applicants either in receipt of Centrelink benefits, or living with a parent/guardian in receipt of Centrelink benefits.
Disadvantaged financial background - non-Centrelink recipient Up to 10 aggregate points For applicants who have experienced circumstances such as individual or family poverty, excessive financial obligations or economic hardship.

How to apply

To apply for VTAC SEAS Category 2, submit a SEAS application form via VTAC after lodging your course application. As part of your special consideration application, you’ll be asked to provide evidence of your financial hardship. The documents you’ll need to provide differ depending on your subcategory.

I receive a Centrelink benefit in my name

By providing consent and your Customer Access Number (CAN) or Customer Reference Number (CRN) with your SEAS application, VTAC can obtain your financial details and benefits directly from Centrelink. The information VTAC will be able to access includes:

  • benefits you receive
  • dependants
  • Centrelink deductions
  • confirmation of your address.

If you don't want VTAC to access your Centrelink information, you can mail or upload a copy of your Centrelink benefit statement to your application.

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My parent or guardian receives a Centrelink benefit or the Family Tax Benefit

If you’re a dependent of someone receiving Centrelink benefits, please provide a copy of their Centrelink Statement of Benefit or Family Tax Benefit statement with your SEAS application. Make sure to upload high-quality, full colour copies that are easy to read.

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I don’t receive a Centrelink benefit

If you’re experiencing financial hardship but don’t receive Centrelink benefits, your SEAS application will prompt you to provide:

  • a description of your circumstances briefly detailing the nature of your financial disadvantage
  • an impact statement outlining the disruption financial hardship has had on your life and studies
  • a supporting statement from a relevant and responsible person who understands your situation and can comment on the impact financial hardship has had on your life and studies.

Learn more about writing a strong impact statement

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Financial support

You don’t have to manage financial hardship alone. Deakin provides a range of support services for students experiencing hardship, including health and wellbeing services. For more information, visit our student life page.

We can also offer interest-free student loans to assist you with the costs associated with studying (conditions apply). You can learn more about our financial assistance options on our student website.


While applying for special consideration, you should also check for scholarships you might be eligible for.

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Frequently asked questions

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Contact us

If you’d like some guidance through your application, our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre can provide you with step-by-step guidance on the application process. Get in touch on 1800 693 888 to chat with one of our friendly advisers and have all your questions answered.