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The Early Offer Guarantee enables eligible year 12 students to be offered an early and guaranteed place at the University of the Sunshine Coast in November. These offers are made prior to the release of year 12 results so students do not have to wait until the main QTAC offer round in January. Early and guaranteed offers will be made to students based on approval from their school principal.


  • Enables the Principal to approve students they have assessed as having the necessary academic potential, talent and motivation to succeed at university for a guaranteed early offer to study at USC.
  • Provides an alternative entry pathway to university for students who would benefit from the opportunity to complete a degree. For example, students who may not have opted to study for an OP or who may have other exceptional circumstances, such as medical or family issues, which may impact their OP result.
  • Builds tertiary aspirations for students who have the passion and motivation for further study but would benefit from additional academic skills development and preparation before commencing a Bachelor degree. This can be achieved through an alternative pathway such as Associate Degrees or the Tertiary Preparation Pathway (TPP).

School registration

To participate in the Early Offer Guarantee schools must formally register.

By registering, the Principal agrees to undertake a thorough assessment of all students to ascertain their suitability for the program. It is recommended schools nominate a School Coordinator that will communicate with USC for the purposes of promoting and administering the Early Offer Guarantee in your school.

Download the School Registration Form (PDF 116KB) *

Registration forms are still being accepted and must be submitted to USC by Monday 23 October, 2017.

Assessment process

Download the complete Guidelines for Schools document for more details on the recommended assessment process.

Once a school is registered the Principal is responsible for assessing applicants for the Early Offer Guarantee.

There is no limit on the number of applicants a school can approve. However, it is expected any student approved by your school:

  • is passing their year 12 subjects
  • has a low unexplained absence record indicative of independent learning 
  • meets the prerequisite requirements for their chosen program
  • has the ability to succeed academically at a Tertiary level

Students who do not yet have the academic skill level and independent learning attributes required for Bachelor level study should be approved for the Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

* For PDF documents you must have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be downloaded from the Adobe Download page.

Frequently asked questions

  • How should schools promote the Early Offer Guarantee to our students?
  • How should we set up the assessment process at our school?
  • Is there a quota on the number of students one school can approve?
  • If our school has completed a registration form, will they need to complete a new one each year?
  • What is the typical profile of an Early Offer Guarantee student?

Application process
Step 1. Student completes application

Student completes the Early Offer Guarantee Application Form and submits to the school.

Step 2. QTAC application

Student submits an online QTAC application. The student needs to ensure the nominated first preference on their application form matches their QTAC first preference.

Exception: If a student's first QTAC preference is the Bachelor of Midwifery, they are encouraged to continue with this QTAC application and list their second preference program on their Early Offer Guarantee application. Should the student be unsuccessful in gaining a place in their first preference program via QTAC, they will receive an offer for their second preference program if approved via the Early Offer Guarantee.

Step 3. Assess applications

The Principal assesses student applications and approves those which meet the Early Offer Guarantee criteria for their chosen degree or Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

Step 4. Submit applications

The school submits all Early Offer Guarantee applications to USC by Monday 23 October, 2017.

Late applications will not be accepted.


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