High Performance Student Athlete program

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High Performance Student Athlete program


Get set for success in both your sport and your studies

USC’s High Performance Student Athlete program has been designed to help you to achieve excellence in both your sport and your study simultaneously.


Applicants must be currently enrolled as a USC student in an undergraduate or post graduate program and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Tier 1- Gold: Actively competing at the open national or international level in a sport recognised by Sport Australia OR actively competing in a top Australian professional sporting league
  • Tier 2- Silver: Actively competing as a youth age group athlete at the international level in a sport recognised by Sport Australia OR a member of a feeder squad for a top Australian professional sporting league
  • Tier 3- Bronze: Actively competing at either the junior or open national level in a sport recognised by Sport Australia OR actively competing in a top state professional sporting league

USC students who are coaching or refereeing at the above levels are also eligible for this program.

How to apply

If you meet the program eligibility criteria, complete the High Performance Student Athlete Program application form. Don’t forget to upload documentary evidence of your competition level. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 5 working days.

Key dates for applications
  • Semester 1 2020: 5pm 20 March 2020
  • Semester 2 2020: 5pm 14 August 2020

More information

For further information, please contact the Coordinator, High Performance Student Program, Tania Stevenson


Access to USC Sport Performance Clinic Services
Complimentary use of USC Sport and Fitness facilities
  • 12 month USC Gym membership
  • Use of the USC’s indoor sports stadium; Olympic standard swimming pool; IAAF standard athletics track; outdoor hard courts and playing fields
  • USC High Performance Student Athlete shirt
HPSA Professional Development Program
  • HPSA Program Induction
  • A series of student athlete focused workshops. Topics include media training; athlete brand management; time management; nutrition; recovery; peaking; sports psychology; financial management; skill acquisition; biomechanics; drug and alcohol education; and securing sponsorship
  • Access to high performance sport mentors internal and external to USC
  • Student athlete leadership initiatives
Parking permit valued at $100 per semester
High Performance Student Athlete Lounge
Facilitated Support for Learning
  • Early enrolment to support competition and training schedules
  • Early assessment of academic preparedness to receive personalised information and advice
  • Facilitated access to academic skills and learner-to-learner support
  • Pre-semester skills preparation and workshops
  • Small group and one-to-one support for learning and skill development from experienced peers, academic advisers and specialist staff
  • Access to drop-in sessions to develop both subject matter understanding and academic and technical skills
  • Career planning and employment advice
  • Interview skills development
  • Change of program advice
Personal Development and Wellbeing services
  • Regular social activities
  • Counselling services
  • Counselling resources
  • Psychological services
  • Advocacy within both academic and sporting environments to support study/sport balance 
Scholarships and financial assistance

HPSAs may also be eligible for the many other scholarships and bursaries USC offers.


HPSAs are eligible for USC’s student loan scheme and may apply for tailored packages to support their sport/study needs.

USC Special Entry Scheme

Prospective HPSAs are eligible to apply for USC’s Elite Athlete adjustment.

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