How you can help
Keep an eye on the admin process
You can help by:
- ensuring your son or daughter is aware of the deadlines for applying through UCAS to the five universities or colleges they have chosen
- keeping track of correspondence coming back from each institution
- researching how to arrange a formal visit to each institution, as this process can vary from place to place.
Your son or daughter will need to select a first choice and a back up (known as insurance choice). Once they have decided, there may be deadlines associated with booking accommodation. The universities concerned will be in touch.
Moving away from home is an exciting time for new students and they may overlook the practical aspects this process requires. You can help by working out how easy it will be for your son or daughter to get home how much it will cost and how long it will take. You may also be able to advise them on how to take care of themselves properly. For example, it might be helpful to remind them to register with the local medical centre. Would they benefit from recipes and instructions on how to operate a washing machine?
Get to grips with student finance
Up-to-date information on student finance is available from the Directgov website. You are advised to check the:
- grants, loans and bursaries your son or daughter is eligible to apply for
- fees your son or daughter will be required to pay and when
- fees and funding information for studying at Nottingham Trent University.
Look for opportunities
Look out for opportunities to take part in subject taster days, summer schools or residential experiences at universities. There is nothing better than first-hand experience to give them a real feel if it is right for them. All universities will offer this type of programme for their local students. Also, most schools and colleges will arrange for their students to have talks on how to apply for university, student finance and accommodation.
Look at where they could study
Once they have decided which course is best for them, the next step is to look at where they could study. See some of the questions they need to consider.
Find out how to apply
Again, most schools and colleges will provide guidance to their students on the university application process, how to write a personal statement and how to apply for financial support. However, it is worthwhile for you to be aware of the timelines, so that they don't miss a crucial deadline! Access useful advice on how to apply.