If you have a difficult time while you're finishing school, or don't have the same educational opportunities other students may have, CSU's special consideration programs can help you stay on track to university by adjusting your selection rank. (The selection rank is the ranking that universities use to assess admission to a course. A selection rank includes your ATAR plus any adjustments you are eligible for, such as equity, location or subject adjustments. It can also include portfolio assessments and supplementary test results.)
If you're aiming for undergraduate on campus study, you can apply through UAC's Educational Access Scheme or VTAC's Special Entry Access Scheme. If you're applying direct to CSU, fill in the Special Consideration for Admission form and send to us direct so we can grant you Special Consideration for Admission.
Special consideration can take into account your financial situation, cultural background, family trauma, illness, legal issues or adverse study conditions.
We're also an Elite Athlete Friendly University, so if your competition or training requirements have impacted upon your preparation for study, you may also be eligible for special consideration entry.
If you're not sure whether your circumstances could make you eligible for special consideration, phone CSU on 1300 135 435 or email Access Scheme - Admissions to discuss your options.
Applying for access schemes
|Students||Access Scheme||Closing Date|
|Student applying through UAC for 2019 admission||Educational Access Scheme||Open 28 September 2018. Final closing 8 February 2019. Visit UAC's website for further dates.|
|Student applying to CSU directly to study online for 2019 admission||[PDF]||Ongoing, but at least four weeks prior to applicable session (except where preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).|
|Student applying under the Elite Athlete category||[PDF]||Ongoing, but if planning to study online, at least four weeks prior to applicable session (except where preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).|
|Full-time student applying through VTAC (not an Elite Athlete)||Special Entry Access Scheme||Open 9am 6 August and close 5pm 12 October 2018. After this date you may apply direct by using the CSU SCA form up until 8 February 2019 (except where preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).|
|Non-school leaver student applying directly to CSU for 2019 admission||[PDF]||Open 28 September 2018. Final closing 8 February 2019 (except where preferred course has an early closing date for applications*).|
|Postgraduate student||Contact the related university faculty||Call us on |
1800 334 733
* Please note: Where there is an early closing date for your course or supplementary application, SCA applications must also be submitted by this date.