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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 mid January QTAC offer round. 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 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 pathways such as Associate Degrees, Diplomas 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 Early Offer Guarantee School Registration Form (PDF 116KB)*

Assessment process

For more details on the recommended assessment see the 2018 Early Offer Guarantee Guidelines for Schools (PDF) (2019 Guidelines for Schools available in May).

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?

Each school will have a different approach to how they promote the Early Offer Guarantee to their Year 12 cohort. As a participating school you will need to consider how the application assessment process will operate before determining if you will promote it to your whole Year 12 cohort or identify and invite suitable students to apply.

You can request additional marketing material or request a USC representative come and speak at your school by contacting

How should we set up the assessment process at our school?

Schools are encouraged to adopt a process which fits with their academic and career programs. USC is not prescriptive in how this assessment process is managed within schools. Refer to the Guidelines for Schools (available in May 2019) for suggestions to assist with setting up in-house administrative processes to determine students' suitability.

We do ask Principals to ensure all applicants approved for a USC program have undergone a thorough assessment and meet the prerequisite requirements. Refer again to the Guidelines for Schools (under 'Assessment process' above) for details and eligibility and criterion.

Is there a quota on the number of students one school can approve?

No, there is no quota.

If our school has completed a registration form, will they need to complete a new one each year?

No, this is only required for new schools that choose to register to participate in the scheme.

However, if your staffing changes please let us know who your new Early Offer Guarantee Coordinator is by emailing

What is the typical profile of an Early Offer Guarantee student?

A typical Early Offer Guarantee student has a genuine desire to commence undergraduate level study or the Tertiary Preparation Pathway at USC. Below are some examples of potential profiles of students who would be approved for this pathway:

Profile 1 - The student has the necessary academic potential, talent and motivation to succeed in an undergraduate program and would benefit from being made an early offer to assist in their transition to university.

Profile 2 - The student may not have opted to study for an OP, or may have other exceptional circumstances such as medical or family issues which may impact on their Year 12 results. The student has the necessary academic potential, talent and motivation to succeed in an undergraduate program and would benefit from the opportunity to commence a degree.

Profile 3 - The student as a genuine aspiration to undertake tertiary study but would benefit from additional academic skill development and preparation before commencing a degree. This can be achieved through pathways such as Associate Degrees or the Tertiary Preparation Pathway.

Can students defer their place if offered through the Early Offer Guarantee?

Yes, students offered through Early Offer Guarantee can defer their place for a maximum of two years.


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 Biomedical Science (Accelerated), Bachelor of Medical Science, Bachelor of Midwifery, Bachelor of Dietetics, or Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Science (Honours) Deans Scholars, they are encouraged to continue with their 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 and report cards to USC before the due date.

Late applications will not be accepted.


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