High Performance Student Athlete program - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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High Performance Student Athlete program

Succeed in sport and study

At USC, we see opportunity everywhere. If you are an elite athlete, we see it in you. Now is the time to extend yourself, gain a degree, broaden your mind and secure your future.

High Performance Student Athletes (HPSA's) receive the following personalised support and exclusive benefits.

Special entry to degree programs

Exclusive access to world-class facilities

  • Access to USC Sport Performance Clinic Services
  • Complimentary use of USC's sport and fitness facilities
  • Access to the High Performance Student Athlete Lounge
  • 12 month USC Gym membership
  • Parking permit valued at $100 per semester
  • USC High Performance Student Athlete shirt

Personal development opportunities

  • HPSA Program induction
  • Student athlete focused workshops on topics from media training and sponsorship to nutrition and recovery.
  • Access to high performance sport mentors
  • Student athlete leadership initiatives
  • Regular social activities
  • Counselling and psychological services
  • USC's five-star student support services

Tailored academic and career support

  • 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
  • Employment services
  • Advocacy within both academic and sporting environments to support study/sport balance 

Scholarships and financial assistance


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. For more information on sporting eligibility click here

How to apply

Complete the application form and upload documentary evidence of your competition level by the due date.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within 5 working days.

Applicants need to apply for the HPSA program each year.

Applications for semester 1 2022 close at 5pm, Friday 25th March 2022.

Important dates

17 January 2022 Early class selection for HPSAs 
11 May 2022 Last day to add a new course enrolment, swap courses or change classes
25 March 2022
Last day to withdraw from courses or study without financial penalty or a Withdrawn Without Penalty (WN) grade 
6 May 2022
Last day to withdraw from courses or study without academic penalty and receiving a Withdrawn Fail (WF) grade

More information

Tania Stevenson
Coordinator, High Performance Student Program
Tel: +61 7 5430 1210
Email: tstevens@usc.edu.au