Competitiveness, courage, commitment – as an elite athlete or performer, you’re always reaching for the top. And we’re here to help you get there.
We understand you might need support to maintain sporting or performing excellence while studying. The Elite Athlete and Performer Program (EAPP) is designed to give you that support, and encourage excellence in both your sport/performing and academic life.
About the program
We are a foundation member of the national Elite Athlete Friendly University (EAFU) agreement developed in partnership with the Australian Sports Commission. This means we support Australia’s elite athletes to achieve academic excellence while also pursuing a sporting career.
Under the discretion of the university, we also support elite artistic performers in the program, recognising the commitment required to perform at a high level in this field.
Student athletes and performers will need to re-apply annually to access the program privileges.
Adjustment factors* for entry scores ACU may offer up to five adjustment points to new applicants. These points will be added to your ATAR/OP for admission to ACU depending on the performance level achieved and the recognition granted to the sport and its governing body. This is in recognition of competitive commitments which may have impacted your high school academic performance and to assist you in gaining entry into your chosen course at ACU.
Note: There is a maximum of 12 adjustment factor points applied across all schemes.
*Adjustment factors were previously referred to as bonus points.
Academic support We understand that you may need to negotiate your study schedule and assessments due to your elite sporting or performing commitments. As a member of the EAPP, your requests to lecturers and course coordinators for academic adjustments will be supported (where evidenced) by the EAPP Coordinator. You’ll also have access to support from the academic skills unit and career guidance services.
EAPP academic support includes:
assistance with enrolling and withdrawing from units
early access to class timetabling
reminders for important dates, eg census dates
deferred examination forms
assistance with special consideration application forms
assistance with assessment extension forms
support with class attendance
access to other ACU support services, eg academic skills, career guidance etc.
Our Graduates of League program supports elite rugby league players as members of the EAPP, with the added benefit of one-on-one tutoring and the flexibility to move between clubs without disrupting their studies.
This program was established by the Athlete Education Foundation to improve the university transition, retention, and graduation rate of elite athletes and professional sport people.
ACU offers financial scholarships and travel subsidies to eligible elite athletes and performers on an annual basis. Please note these are currently under review for 2018. Please check back later in the year for further information on how to apply for financial support.
EAPP scholarship Depending on the proven elite level of the athlete or performer, students may receive scholarship grants of up to $2,000 given out at the discretion of the University. This scholarship is to assist in national and international competition travel and accommodation expenses, and any study related expenses. Students must re-apply annually.
EAPP travel subsidy Student athletes are able to apply for once-off additional funding of up to $1,000 to assist with travel and accommodation when competing at elite sporting events. This financial assistance will be given at the discretion of the university upon application with supporting documentation of approaching competition.
Australian University Games Subsidy Elite athletes or performers may be entitled to subsidised fees for representing ACU at national and international events endorsed by Australian University Sport.
Future and current student EAPP applications are due by 4 December for early timetabling. EAPP applications will remain open after the 4th of December, however cannot guarantee early timetable preferences.
Future student applications remain open all year round and are assessed on a fortnightly basis.