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These guidelines are designed to outline the administration and selection criteria of the Regional Education Entry Program (REEP), and to ensure that places are awarded through a fair and equitable process.
The purpose of REEP is to increase participation by regional and rural students in higher education at the University of Ballarat (UB). UB recognises that VCE (or interstate equivalent) results do not always predict success at tertiary level and have implemented REEP to increase opportunities for access to higher education for regional students. REEP allows secondary students to apply for alternative entry to a UB degree program, with the potential opportunity to recieve an early provisional offer and guaranteed entry into their program of choice.
These guidelines apply to prospective UB students who:
3.1. School Eligibility Requirements
3.1.1 UB will determine the secondary schools eligible for participation in REEP. A list of designated schools included in this scheme for 2013-2014 is available by visiting www.ballarat.edu.au/reep
3.1.2 UB reserves the right to add or remove secondary schools from the list of designated schools.
3.1.3 There is no restriction on the number of applications which can be made from a nominated secondary school.
3.2 Student Eligibility Requirements
3.2.1 Applicants will only be considered for REEP if they are enrolled as a Year 12 student in the 2013 school year in one of the eligible REEP schools as specified at 3.1.1
3.2.2 Applicants will only be considered if they submit their application for REEP under Category 6 of the VTAC SEAS program by the closing date of SEAS for the 2013-2014 Selection Cycle, by the 8th of October, 2013.
3.2.3 Applicants may be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident of Australia, or hold an Australian permanent humanitarian visa. International students enrolled as a VCE student (or interstate equivalent) in one of the designated secondary schools are also eligible to apply providing they meet the requirements specified in guideline 3.2.4.
3.2.4 Successful international applicants must be 18 years of age at the commencement of their degree program and will be required to obtain a new student visa in the Visa Subclass appropriate to their chosen degree program of study. Information on applying for a student visa can be found at the Australian Government's - Students: Visa's & Immigration website or contact the University of Ballarat's International Student Programs office on (03) 5327 9018.
3.2.5 Applicants will only be considered if they are applying for a UB Higher Education degree program listed as eligible for REEP in the 2014 VTAC guide. Applicants who fail to submit an application through VTAC will not be considered for selection via REEP.
3.2.6 Applicants must have satisfied the prerequisites and extra requirements of the degree program they are applying for refer to course entries in the 2014 VTAC Guide for further information.
3.2.7 Successful REEP applicants do not need to achieve the Clearly-in ENTER for the degree program of their choice, but applicants must have achieved the minimum required ATAR for 2013-2014 in order to be eligible for an official VTAC offer through REEP. The required minimum ATAR's for REEP in 2013-2014 can be viewed at www.ballarat.edu.au/reep
3.2.8 Successful REEP applicants may apply for deferment from their REEP degree program. Deferment is not automatically granted and must be applied for in writing to the relevant UB School. Information regarding this process will be provided to the successful applicants at the time of notification of their official offer.
3.2.9 Applicants who have been made a provisional offer but who do not meet the minimum ATAR may still be eligible for a place in the program of their choice but this will not be determined until the applicant pool is assessed at VTAC Round 1 in January 2014 and is not guaranteed.
3.3.1 Applications open online through Category 6 of the VTAC SEAS scheme on Monday 5th of August 2013 and close on Tuesday 8th October.
3.3.2 Applicants may apply for one UB degree program via the VTAC SEAS Category 6 REEP application process; the program must be one of their 12 VTAC preferences.
3.3.3 Additional UB degree programs may be applied for via VTAC as part of the 12 preferences open to all applicants.
3.3.4 Applicants will be notified in writing of their application by the end of November 2013. Successful applicants will receive a provisional offer based on the condition that, for an official offer, they will satisfy the prerequisites, extra requirements and minimum required ATAR for a REEP offer. Provisional offers are confirmed when the applicant enrols in the degree program during the relevant enrolment period. The minimum required ATAR for a REEP offer may not correspond to the clearly-in ATAR for that program.
3.3.5 If applicants are successful in their REEP application, the UB placement is secure as long as the degree program is listed first in the course preference list with VTAC.
3.4 Assessment and Selection
3.4.1 Applications will be assessed by the relevant UB School Selection Officer.
3.4.2 The decision of the UB Selection Officer is final.
3.4.3 The number of REEP places available per UB degree program will vary between programs depending on demand and applicant suitability. This quota is at the University's discretion and the decision will be final.
3.4.4 Selection Officers will consider each application based on the following selection criteria. No other correspondence will be entered into.
3.4.5 If necessary, the UB Selection Officer may contact the school principal for clarification of an application.
3.4.6 If the clearly-in ATAR for that program falls below the minimum REEP requirement, and all prerequisites and extra requirements are me, applicants who do not meet the required ATAR may still be made an official VTAC offer for that program.