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Year 12 students

Planning your life after school is exciting and we’re here to help you through it. 

Discover your career opportunities, study options, what uni life is like and how we can support you. 

Unsure what to study?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Book a free appointment with our Degree Advisors and find the best path to your dream career. 

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14 August – Springfield and Ipswich 
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Why USQ?

USQ is ranked No. 1 in Australia for graduate starting salary.*
Rated five stars for graduates in full-time employment.*
Choose where, when and even how you study, with our flexible study options.
*Good Universities Guide, 2022
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Frequently Asked Questions

Year 12 students apply for university via Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC). You can apply for up to 6 degrees on your application, putting them in preferential order from 1 to 6. QTAC is open for applications in August and closes in December. 

USQ has various scholarships available for Year 12 students. USQ’s Academic Excellence Scholarships are automatically awarded to any eligible Year 12 student who puts USQ as #1 on their QTAC application and achieve the required ATAR. No application is required and eligible students will automatically receive a scholarship offer. 

The Australian Government provides financial assistance to eligible domestic students through the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP). A HELP loan allows you to defer payment of your course fees and Student Amenities fee while you study. HELP loans are repaid through the Australian Taxation Office when your income reaches the compulsory repayment threshold.

HECS-HELP Loans (HECS standing for Higher Education Contribution Scheme) cover the cost of student contributions for students in a Commonwealth supported place.

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you:

  • are an Australian citizen who will undertake at least one unit of study in Australia in a Commonwealth supported place.
  • are a Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder who will be resident in Australia for the duration of your unit of study.
  • are a New Zealand citizen who holds a Special Category Visa and meets the long term residency requirements.
  • meet the genuine student and completion rate requirements (students who commence in a new program from 1 January 2022).

That’s okay! USQ can help you get into your desired degree regardless of your ATAR - even if you didn't study for ATAR. Our free Pathway Programs can help you get into your chosen degree. They can be as short as one semester and can guarantee you entry into most USQ degrees. You'll learn how to succeed at university, and gain the confidence to follow your dream career.

You can also use our Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) which can be undertaken before you start uni. The Accelerated Entry Pathway Program (AEPP) is an intensive (accelerated) program offered on-campus and focuses on developing academic skills before a degree is undertaken, provides a pathway to a wide-range of undergraduate degrees, and supports the transition from school to university.

AEPP is perfect for you if you are in Year 12, or have taken a gap year, and:

  • want to gain entry to a degree program at USQ.
  • want an introduction to how to study at university level.
  • want to find out more about university to see if it is for you.
  • you fall short of your dream ATAR or didn’t do the subjects needed for your degree of choice and want to go to university.
  • are unsure if your ATAR will get you into the USQ degree you want to study.

USQ Early Offer allows eligible Year 12 students who place USQ #1 on their QTAC application, to receive an early offer into university. Students can receive an early offer in one of two ways - via recommendation from a Principal or Principal's delegate or successful completion of a USQ Head Start course.

USQ offers over 130 online degrees. Studying online for university is an experience you can make your own – whether that means maintaining a flexible schedule, occasionally visiting campus, or interacting with your fellow students online using our interactive portal. Find your degree and check under ‘Study Mode’ to see if you can study online. 

Yes! USQ's Careers and Employability team is available to all students throughout their studies and after they have graduated. As part of this service, our team provide one-on-one support and help with career management decisions, application and interviews, work experience and internships and much more. The USQ Careers and Employability team is available to you for up to 12 months following your graduation.

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