Applying for university (the ultimate guide for parents)

Everything to know to help your child apply to university

Your child’s transition from high school to university is a big deal – for both of you. You need information to help you guide your child as they start thinking about applying for university. But sometimes that information doesn’t quite make it from the schoolbag to the kitchen bench, right?

At Charles Sturt University (CSU), we think it’s important that you’re equipped with useful and relevant information to help guide your child through this transition period. We want to remove the mystery around university study, keep you in the loop with important dates and information, and guide you through the uni application process.

So, let’s dig in.

Is a university degree really worth it?

One of the most common questions our prospective student advisers (PSAs) are asked by parents is, “How can my child secure a career they love, but also offers future security?”

Well, a degree is a great place to start.

  • A university grad is likely to earn over $1 million more during their lifetime compared to someone who didn’t finish Year 12. You can’t argue with figures like that.
  • A uni degree opens up doors for your child that may not be possible without tertiary education. The advanced knowledge and skills developed while studying means grads have lots of opportunities for career advancement.
  • Our degrees aren’t just about academics and theory. CSU students start their career from day one – learning in hands-on environments, developing practical skills and building confidence to graduate job-ready.

Education is an investment. And with CSU – it’s an investment that pays off because CSU has the highest graduate employment rate in Australia.* What’s that mean? It means that more graduates from CSU find full-time employment within four months of finishing their degree than graduates from any other university in Australia.

Help with uni costs

Speaking of investments… each year, CSU connects thousands of students with financial assistance while they’re studying with us. We believe everyone should have the right to a quality education – no matter your financial situation.

If you’re starting to feel concerned about your child being able to afford to study – don’t be. Take some time to research CSU’s range of financial assistance programs and discuss them with your child before applying for university.

Scholarships and grants for university

CSU has over $3 million in scholarships and grants available for students who need a helping hand. From rural, regional and Indigenous funding, to course and campus scholarships – take a moment to explore the options and see what your child is eligible for.

Government assistance for university

The Australian Government provides several options to help your child pay for their studies through student contribution and tuition fee loans, living allowances and scholarships.

Student loans for university

If your child finds themselves in a tough financial spot while studying with us – we can help. We can provide short-term financial assistance for educational needs, or emergency relief to help your child continue their studies.

We want all our students to succeed. And we’re more than happy to give them a helping hand along the way. It’s important to know that a university is invested in student success when applying for university.

Life on campus at university

When you’re helping your child with their university application it’s important to think about where they are going to live. Uni life is as much about what happens outside of the classroom as in it. Your child can embrace the whole uni experience by living on campus, or ‘on res’ (short for residence).

Living on campus at CSU means your child will have everything they need at their fingertips – and be fully supported as they take their first steps into the ‘real world’.

Is your child interested in living on campus, but not sure where to start?

Accommodation applications open from mid-August for the following year’s intake – so if your child has accepted their offer, they can apply via the Accommodation portal. If your child is starting midyear, that’s okay too. They can apply year-round. Want to know the best part? All first-year students are guaranteed a place on campus.

Here’s a quick rundown on applying for university accommodation for you to share.

  1. Make sure your child has accepted their offer to study at CSU.
  2. Choose a residence that suits your child’s needs and budget.
  3. Ensure your child understands the types of accommodation packages and the associated fees.
  4. Explore the meal packages on offer and make sure your child selects one that suits their needs and budget.
  5. Have your child read over the Residential Agreement and Code of Conduct.
  6. Apply online through the Accommodation portal.

Pathways to get into uni

Not everyone follows the same path through life – and the same goes for getting into university.

And that’s why CSU has developed a range of admission pathways to help your child get a degree, even if they don’t get into their preferred course straight away.

So when it comes time for ATARs to be released, keep in mind that there’s always an applying for university backup plan. In the meantime, get familiar with CSU’s range of access schemes and admission programs, including:

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*Australian University Ratings and Rankings 2017/2018, The Good Universities Guide.