What To Do When You Didn’t Get The UPU Offer You Want

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The UPU results release are always a point of anxiety for some students and parents. Will it be the course that you had chosen? Will you get an offer at all?

No matter the outcome, you will need to make a decision on your higher education. Here are some options for you to consider when you don’t get the UPU offer you wanted.



You Got Offered a UPU Course That You Don’t Want

You were allowed to choose up to 12 courses at public universities, polytechnics, community colleges and Institusi Latihan Kemahiran Awam. However, you didn’t revise your UPU course selection within 6 days of receiving your SPM results and now you realise your initial selection of 12 courses don’t meet their eligibility requirements.

What’s more, after careful consideration and research, you realise that your interest is totally different from what you had applied for.

The result? Your UPU offer is for a course that is not aligned with your future plans.

What you can do:


Option A

Accept the offer and do your best in the course.

This option is for those who have decided that public university is the most suitable for them and do not want to consider other pathways.


Option B

Appeal the offer within 5 days of the announcement of the UPU results. You can select 2 courses as part of your appeal. Factors such as number of spots available and your SPM results weigh on the outcome of your appeal.

This option has 2 outcomes: you get a new offer or you don’t get a new offer. Your next step after that would be to either accept or opt for private universities.


Option C

Opt for private universities that offer what you want. It will cost more but there are a number of scholarships and financial aids that you can consider to further your studies.

This option is suitable for those who have the necessary resources and grades to further their studies in private universities.



You Didn’t Get a UPU Offer at All

There might be a number of factors that resulted in you not getting an offer. Your application might not have been complete, or you do not meet the entry requirements for the courses that you had selected.

If this is what you are facing, you have two options:


Option A

Appeal the offer within 5 days of the announcement of the UPU results. To increase your chances of getting a favourable result, you could try applying for a different course or institution. However, your success depends on the number of spots available and your SPM results.

This option is for those who only want to opt for public universities. There are only 2 outcomes to this option: you get an offer or your appeal is not successful.


Option B

Opt for private universities or colleges. There are many options available for you to get the best education based on your preference and budget.

This option is suitable for those who have the necessary resources and grades for higher studies in private universities.



What to do if Public University is No Longer an Option for You

Now that you have reviewed your options and concluded that public university is no longer a viable option, what can you do next?

For one, you can seek other options for higher education at private institutions. Though private institutions cost more, many offer scholarships that cover 30% or more of the course fee while also accepting PTPTN loans to further reduce your financial burden. Many courses also incorporate industrial partnerships to ensure its curriculum remains relevant to the industry’s needs. 

Here are some pathways you can consider at private institutions:


Diploma courses

Diploma courses are a good option for those who are clear on what they want to study and are looking to enter the workforce early. It is also a more affordable option.


Pre-university courses

You have flexibility since there are many choices available. They include foundation, and international pre-university courses A-Level, SACE International, Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT), and Canadian Pre University. Foundation is the most affordable pathway in this category, while the international pre-university courses offer you the widest path to degrees.


If you are unclear about the Matriculation programme, check out our article on what you should know about the programme.