Choosing what and where to study has a huge
impact on a student’s future. For parents and
carers, we know that this means balancing
the offer of support with enabling their
independence, however far away or close to
home the student may choose to study.
When it comes to preparing for university, it is vital that parents and carers are kept informed of the provision available at your school or college as this will enable them to guide and support the student throughout the process.
As young adults, students form a professional relationship directly with the university, so our communication about everything from attendance to exam results will be directly with them.
We encourage parents and carers to attend open days with students. Many universities have dedicated sessions for parents and carers as well as information on personal statements and student finance. They can speak face-to- face with the university staff who deal with these specific areas to ask any questions they may have.
It is essential that parents and carers are informed of key deadlines and how they can support the student whilst completing their university application, particularly the personal statement. They can also sign up to the UCAS monthly parent newsletter.
The parent or carer will need to submit their
National Insurance number and details of
their household income as part of the student
finance application. This is to assess how
much funding will be available in relation to
their personal circumstances.
Managing money and understanding that every penny counts whilst at university can be a big adjustment, encouraging parents and carers to have a conversation with the student about budgeting can really help with this.
Many universities will offer dedicated support for parents and carers of students applying to university, this may include:
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by Rebecca Wills
posted on 1 Feb '24
With so many graduates now entering the job market, a degree alone is not always enough. It is therefore very important that you work on developing your employability skills throughout your time at university, and university careers services are experts in offering a range of support to help you achieve this successfully. I will tell you more about some of the opportunities here.
by Anam Hoque
posted on 1 Feb '24
This blog provides practical advice on how your students can prepare for university life. Including the transition to university, fun when they are there and even information on result reviews and appeals.