University is the place where students transform their dreams and aspirations for the future into a concrete pathway to professional success. While only they can forge their own path, the support and understanding of parents, partners and friends can make a significant difference to their success.

You can play a critical role in helping to navigate this process. UniSA is here to help you with useful tips and pointers.

Parents of current/commencing students

Parents GuideGuide for Parents, Partners and Friends of UniSA Students

This guide provides information for parents, partners and friends about starting and succeeding at university.

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More information for parents, partners and friends of current UniSA students can be found on our Q&A for parents, partners and friends web page.

Parents of high school students

Consider the benefits of going to uni

Research has shown there are significant economic as well as other benefits of going to university. Most professions require some further education. A university degree will increase your child’s chances of finding a job and will lead towards their career of choice.

Encourage your children to attend UniSA's Open Day. This will be their (and your) chance to learn about the benefits of studying at UniSA, listen to lectures about study options and tour the campus. UniSA information sessions are also a good option for students to take a closer look at all the UniSA programs on offer.

Identify your child’s interests and career choices

Explore with your child their interests, strengths and skills. Consider past work experience and volunteer work to determine their areas of interest or skills.

Once interests, strengths and skills have been narrowed down, help them choose a career that will allow them to express these points. This may take some time. In fact many students change their minds regularly and even change degrees.

Choose a study program

After identifying interests and career options, help your child select relevant UniSA programs. Check out UniSA’s CareerShop to discover resources, tips and guidance about degree selection.

Help your child research, perhaps with assistance from a School Career Adviser, their selected programs and identify specific entry requirements (such as ATAR scores, prerequisites and assumed knowledge). Make sure they are able to meet each of these prior to application. Take into consideration that students may be eligible for bonus points.

Life at university

The transition from school to university can be quite dramatic. At university, students are expected to be more independent and are treated like an adult.

UniSA has a friendly and flexible environment that allows students to succeed in their studies. We support students to have fun, make new friends and enjoy life. Read more about life at university and the support services and facilities available.

University costs

The costs of university will be different for everyone. At UniSA students are offered either a 'Commonwealth supported place' or a 'fee-paying place'. A Commonwealth supported place means that the Australian Government contributes to the costs and student pays a 'student contribution' (formerly known as HECS). Check out Fees and finances for more detail.

Encourage your child to explore and apply for scholarships, which are available to those who are high achieving and most in need.

If your child is coming from interstate or the country, explore your child’s accommodation options.

UniSA supports students

  • Career and degree selection

    Career assistance

    Discover the full range of career services available to students at UniSA.

    Go to Careers Services

  • Benefit from a range of support services

    Student support services

    Students benefit from a range of support services available throughout their studies.

    See support services

  • Scholarships for students


    We provide scholarships to high achieving students as well as those who are most in need.

    Explore scholarships

  • Explore housing options

    Student accommodation

    Explore your child’s housing options, and get help and advice to make informed choices about their accommodation in Adelaide.

    Accommodation services

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