Applying for the EAPP
ACU supports elite athletes and performers from a wide and diverse range of sporting and performing disciplines. If you are unsure about your discipline, we encourage you to apply for the EAPP program. The below definitions provide a general description. You must have filled out a relevant TAC (UAC, VTAC, QTAC) application in order to apply.
An Elite Athlete is defined as, “Someone who has been identified as such by the Australian Institute of Sport, a State Institute (or Academy) of Sport or through membership of relevant national or state sporting association.
An ACU Elite Performer is defined as, “Someone who has been identified as having membership and significant success in major artistic performing arts or production company at a state, national or international level”.
Your supporting letter of recommendation must be on an official organizational letterhead, have the appropriate contact details (email and mobile) of your referee and explain your current involvement in your sport/performance.
*Please note that if this criterion is not meet your application will not be considered.
If you miss the cut-off date you will be able to still submit your application; however it will be reviewed on case by case bases. Late applicants will potentially miss out on early timetabling and scholarship opportunities.
Once you apply online you will be notified via your registered email with the outcome of your application. Your application to the EAPP is only valid if you receive a formal offer to study at ACU.
In your EAPP outcome letter you will be informed of if you received adjustment factors or not. After you apply online you will be notified via post with the outcome of your application. Your application to the EAPP is only valid if you receive a formal offer to study at ACU.
If successful, you will be able to take advantage of the Adjustment Factors (bonus points) scheme, early timetabling allocation and will be provided with academic support throughout the year.
Yes, if your sporting or performing circumstances change you will be able to re-apply using the current student’s application form found on OrgSync.
Enrolling at ACU
You can enroll into units through Student Connect. Follow the instructions below.
Simply log in, select the ‘My Enrolment’ tab, and select ‘Enrolment Manager.
- log in to Student Connect
- select the ‘My Enrolment’ tab
- select the ‘Enrolment Manager’ tab
- click ‘Enroll’ and select the relevant study period
- select the unit code, enter the unit number, and select your campus
- click on ‘Unit Search’ and the unit you have entered will be displayed
- tick the box in front of the unit, and click ‘Register’
You can easily check to see that you are enrolled correctly by selecting the ‘Confirmation of Enrolment’ tab in Student Connect.
If you are having difficulty enrolling you can contact a member of the EAPP staff.
If you have been made an offer for an undergraduate course at ACU, you can apply to defer commencement of your course, for up to one year, by completing the Application to Defer (DEF) form.
Deferment is not available for non-award and postgraduate courses.
After applying for deferment, you will receive an automatic email response confirming that your application has been received.
When your application has been processed you will receive an email advising you of the outcome of your application and, if deferment is granted, the process for commencing your studies at ACU in the future.
The census date of any study period is the date when your enrolment details are considered final for that study period. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP debts are deferred to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).
The census date is also the final date you can withdraw from a unit/s without incurring a financial or academic penalty. For example, if you withdraw after this date, you will receive a WN grade (Withdrawn Fail), and still be required to pay the cost of the unit/s.
Semester 2, 2017 census date is: 31 August 2017
Semester 1, 2018 census date is: 31 March 2018
Semester 2, 2018 census date is: 31 August 2018
Students have until 11:59pm AEST on the day of the census to withdraw.
If you want to withdraw from a unit/s, you can via Student Connect. Before you do this you should check the critical enrolment dates page to see if you will incur any financial or academic penalties. Any withdrawals after Census date will incur fees and academic penalties.
If you have received final results for at least one semester in your course, you may take a break (interrupt) your studies by submitting an Application for Interruption of Study on Student Connect.
Please consult with your Course Coordinator and EAPP Officer before taking a break from your studies.
- If you are already enrolled in units for the study period/s in which you want to take a break you will need to withdraw yourself from those units via Student Connect. Please remember that academic and financial penalties will apply after census date.
Returning from interruption of studies
- If you take a study break for more than a year (two or more standard study periods) your course might require changes in order for you to complete it. Consult with your Course Coordinator regarding the requirements for completion of the program. Visit Academic Regulation 5.7.2 for further information.
- If you take a study break for more than two years (four or more standard study periods) you might need to complete additional units or assessments to make sure that your knowledge in the field is up to date. Consult with your Course Coordinator to discuss the requirements for completion of your program. Visit Academic Regulation 18.104.22.168 for further information.
Go to Student Connect and select the ‘My Fees’ tab and go to Fee Payments.
- Deferring fees to HECS - You will need to provide your individual tax file number and select HECS HELP in your fees tab.
- Paying upfront fees - You can pay your fees online through Student Connect, using BPAY (online banking) or with a credit card. ACU accepts MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.
Make sure you pay/defer your fees by the due date listed on your invoice, otherwise you can be charged late fees, or even have your enrolment cancelled.
If you have a HECS-HELP loan, or your FEE-HELP loan covers this semester’s payments, your fees will be paid automatically on the due date.
You make repayments to your HELP loan through the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), not through the University.
Even if you have an active HELP loan, you can still pay your fees upfront to the University directly just by paying before the due date.
You can choose your timetable using Tutorial Direct.
- Login to Tutorial Direct using your student number and password.
- In the menu on the left hand side of your screen, you will see a list of the units you’re enrolled in.
- Click the ‘T’ button underneath the name of the unit you wish to allocate.
- A list of available classes will appear in the main part of screen.
- Decide which time suits you best and click the blue ‘Select’ button next to that tutorial.
- When the button is red and says ‘Full’ or 'Clash', you can’t choose that time.
- Once you are successfully allocated the button will turn green and say ‘Allocated’.
It is possible to change your allocation by clicking on 'Select' for another available class; however, your old allocation will be forfeited and made available to other students.
Early allocations on tutorial direct are usually open for 24hours. If you miss the early allocations, you will still be able to allocate on your normal campus day. If you are unable to allocate at all in either period, you will need to send your timetable preferences to the EAPP, who will work with your course coordinators to obtain your timetable.
Timetables often change unexpectedly therefore, EAPP staff cannot guarantee your classes, however we will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible.
Course and Unit Information
Unit information can be found on LEO. LEO stands for Learning Environment Online.
You’ll find information on current units under the ‘current unit’ tab while completed units are found under the ‘my units’ tab.
Access to LEO can be found https://leo.acu.edu.au/ or via the student portal
LEO is a tool enabling you to access content and learning activities to assist with any fully online or web-enhanced units that you are enrolled in. For further information please read LEO guides for students.
If you have any difficulties using LEO, LEO Support provides a telephone and email support service for all ACU staff and students.
Applying for an assessment extension, special consideration or deferred exam
If you don't think you will be able to have your assignment finished by the due date, you can apply for an extension by completing the Application for an Extension of Time for an Assessment Task (EX) (PDF, 39.8KB) form prior to the due date, and lodge it with your lecturer in charge. Attach a supporting letter from your coach or manager and copy in the elite athlete and performer coordinators.
If it is after the due date, you will need to use the Application for Special Consideration (DOC, 281.9KB) if applicable.
If during a study period you experience a temporary or permanent disability, illness or other unforeseen or exceptional cause such as being away for an extended period due to your sporting or performing commitments, you may be eligible for special consideration. This applies in the instance that your work or performance in an assessment item/s has been affected by your sporting or performing commitments.
You can apply for special consideration by completing the Application for Special Consideration (SC) form (DOC, 281.9KB) and lodge it with your lecturer in charge. Attach a supporting letter from your coach or manager and copy in the elite athlete and performer coordinators.
If you miss class due to your sporting of performing commitment it’s important to be pro-active by emailing your lecturer in charge explaining your absence as soon as possible. Please attach supporting documentation from your coach or manager to verify that you are away for sporting commitments and copy in the elite athlete and performer coordinators.
Exercise Science Students should use the EXSC Attendance form.
If you’re away for an extended period, 3 to 4 weeks, you’ll need to fill out an Application for Special Consideration (SC) form (DOC, 281.9KB). Furthermore you will need to discuss with your Lecturer in Charge to find out how you can make up the missed assessment or attendance or consider withdrawing from the unit.
Be proactive, the sooner you apply the better off you will be. You will need to apply for a deferred exam via the student portal.
If you cannot make the central or deferred examination period due to sport or performing, you will need to follow the school based examination process below.
You can defer your school-based or mid-semester exam if you will be absent due to your sporting or performing commitments such as; a competition, event or training camp.
Be pro-active when it comes to deferring your exams. It’s important. The more time you give your lecturer in charge (LIC) the easier the process will be. The recommended approach is to email your LIC and;
- Obtain and attach a letter from your sporting organization verifying that you are away for competition or sporting/performing commitments for the examination period.
- Fill out and attach Application for Special Consideration (SC) form (DOC, 281.9KB)
- Provide alternative dates where you’ll be able to sit your deferred exam/s
- Copy in the Elite Athlete and Performer Program coordinators
- Contact the EAPP if you need further support
An example email can be seen below.
Hi [Name of LIC],
I hope you’re well.
I'm emailing in regards to my exams held on [Date]. During this exam period I will be away for [list competition event and dates]. The competition or event will be held [list location].
Due to being away during this period, I will not be able to sit the following exams;
[Unit code] [Unit full name]
[Unit code] [Unit full name]
I would like to work out an alternate date if possible, to sit these exams. I have included a few alternate dates as suggestions. These are [List your preferred time to sit your deferred exams EG. before you go away, after you return or in some cases while you are away.] Please let me know if any of these will be suitable.
I have attached supporting documentation from my [coach or manager]. Please note I am a member of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program.
Thank you for considering my request.
[Student ID number]
The Academic Skills Unit (ASU) is a part of the Office of Student Success.
The ASU run free classes and workshops throughout the semester assisting with:
- managing study habits
- academic writing
- exam preparation
- referencing styles (APA, Chicago, etc.)
Workshops are run during weekdays and sometimes on weekends.
You can book a private appointment with an Academic Skills Adviser for yourself or with a group. If you just have a quick question, you can go to a drop-in session, or use the online Ask an Adviser system.
The ASU also publish the ACU Study Guide: Skills for Success, which is available free of charge online via LEO.
EAPP Financial Scholarships
All approved EAPP members are eligible to apply for an EAPP financial scholarship.
The EAPP opens the financial scholarship during semester one to allow all returning and new students the opportunity to apply. Be sure to check your student emails regularly so you can be informed of when they open.
Page last updated: 2017-09-04
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