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. (For example, you must pass the UMAT to enter medicine, and audition to enter music.)
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 bonus is added.
What is an achieved ATAR?
Your achieved ATAR is the ATAR you receive before any SEAS bonus 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.
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 (e.g. minimum study scores in particular subjects) and extra requirements (such as the UMAT, a portfolio, an interview or an audition) to be eligible for a course offer through the Monash Guarantee.
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.
We can only offer you a place through the Monash Guarantee or SEAS if the relevant course is included on your VTAC preference list.
What if I don't meet the Monash Guarantee ATAR?
You can still be considered for selection through the normal selection process and SEAS.
What if I have applied for the Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) under other categories of disadvantage?
The Monash Guarantee applies to students who are financially disadvantaged, are Indigenous Australians or are from a Monash under-represented school.
There is no guarantee for other categories of disadvantage. However, you should submit a SEAS application so that these circumstances can be taken into account for all Monash courses, as you may still be made an offer below the clearly-in ATAR.
Do I have to complete both a scholarship and a Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) application?
Yes, if you wish to be considered for the Monash Guarantee you need to complete both applications. This is because some courses will use the scholarship application to identify students eligible for an interview through the Monash Guarantee.
How many SEAS bonus points will I get, and how is this determined?
Your circumstances are considered individually and points awarded based on the information you provide in your SEAS application. Our SEAS calculator helps you estimate your adjusted ATAR: monash.edu/seas. But remember, this is just an estimate.
How do I know if I live in a low socio-economic area?
You can find out if your address qualifies at monash.edu/seas. Eligibility is according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas.
When will I know I am guaranteed a course offer through the Monash Guarantee?
We will send you a confirmation email in December (before you get your results) if you meet the eligibility criteria and have a Monash course listed in your preferences. You will then receive your official course offer in January.
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. Find out if your school is on the Monash under-represented schools list.
How do I know if I am considered to be financially disadvantaged?
There are three ways that you can demonstrate financial disadvantage:
- You or your parents/guardians receive an income-tested Centrelink benefit (e.g. Youth Allowance, Abstudy or Family Tax Benefit A).
- You and/or your family are facing financial hardship or excessive financial obligations but not receiving a Centrelink benefit (e.g. 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, UMAT and interview. You cannot be guaranteed an offer for this course. However, if you receive an ATAR of 94+ and a UMAT score of 175+ you will be guaranteed an interview. If you are eligible for an MBBS interview through the Monash Guarantee, you will be contacted after the release of your ATAR and results.