Guidance for parents and caregivers

When your child starts university it can be both exciting and daunting, for you and for them.

We've gathered all the information you may need so that you can prepare them (and yourself) for the journey ahead.

Why university?

Studying at Deakin will give your child access to boundless development opportunities. We empower them to learn and grow in a safe and supportive environment, while preparing them for the jobs of the future.

We do this by:

  • optimising our services and support programs to meet the prioritised needs of students
  • delivering services, resources and facilities to enable an engaged, inclusive, productive and satisfied learning community.

A university degree can give your child:

  • increased job opportunities
  • higher earning potential – our full-time bachelor's degree graduates have a median salary of $70,000*
  • the opportunity to develop invaluable life skills, such as communication, problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • an exceptional learning experience – Deakin is consistently ranked first for student satisfaction in Victoria.

The parents and caregivers guide to change of preference

University admissions can be a stressful time for the whole family – you and your child are at the start of a new journey and you need the best information to help make informed decisions.

Supporting their university journey

It's not always easy to know how to provide appropriate support to students starting their university journey. But encouragement and understanding can have a significant impact on their growth as a student and as a person.

How to support Year 10s

Year 10 is an exciting year, as it marks the beginning of your senior years of high school. You’ll start to explore different study areas, honing in on your own interests.

Work experience will be on your agenda, as well as exploring university courses and possible career choices.To make life easier, we have compiled some of the key information about getting ready for university into a guide for Year 10 students.

Learn more about supporting Year 10s

How to support Year 11s and 12s

During the last years of high school, people start asking what your child wants to do with their life. It's also when grades really start to matter, so it can be quite a stressful time.

We've put together some tips on how to help your child stay focused and develop the skills needed for university.

Learn more about supporting Year 11s and 12s

Students under the age of 18

There are certain legal obligations surrounding students who are aged under 18 when they go to university. The main issue is that under 18s cannot study in Australia without one of the following:

  • being accompanied by a parent or legal custodian
  • living with a suitable relative
  • a written statement explaining that their accommodation, support and general welfare arrangements are in place.

Download our information booklet about students aged under 18

Choosing a university

There are a lot of things to take into account when choosing a university, including:

  • courses on offer
  • ATAR scores needed
  • success of graduates
  • location
  • reputation
  • student satisfaction
  • cost.

The best place to start is by comparing the course your child would like to take between different universities.

Browse all Deakin courses

Parents and caregivers guide

Get even more detail about what to expect when your child goes off to university with our full parents and caregivers guide. Find information on:

  • choosing a course and university
  • helping your child with their last years of school
  • how to apply to university
  • costs of study and sample budgets
  • pathways into university
  • student support
  • career planning.

Download our parents and caregivers guide (PDF, 1MB)

Help your child kick-start their course and career exploration with our unique digital resource, Explore.


We're here to support your child. Whether it's recognising academic merit or perseverance and commitment to study despite experiencing hardship, one of our many scholarships could transform their life and their future.

Learn more about scholarships

Understanding university fees

University fees depend on the type of student (undergraduate, postgraduate, domestic or international) and whether any financial assistance will be required.

Find out more about fees

Preparing for university

We've put together a checklist to help your child prepare for university. It includes important dates as well as information on:

  • how to enrol for their course
  • find somewhere to live
  • get to know their campus
  • sort out their finances.

If your child is coming to Australia to study, there's some extra information in our international students section.

Read our preparation checklist

Additional preparation for international students

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Support toolkit for parents and caregivers of Year 12s

We’ve put together everything you need to help your child in Year 12 make the exciting transition to university life.

Read more

How to support your child through Year 12 and choosing a uni

The best way you can tailor your support to your child's needs is to understand what they're going through.

Read more

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Pathways into Deakin

There's more than one way to get into university. If your child's ATAR score isn't enough to gain them entry into their chosen course, it's important to know there are other avenues they can explore to begin their studies at Deakin.

Learn more about entry pathways

Special consideration

Deakin is committed to providing equity and access for students who might not otherwise enjoy the benefits of higher education. The Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) works by awarding adjustment factor points to your child’s aggregate score. This brings their score up to the level we think they would have achieved if their circumstances had been different. This scheme increases their chance of getting a course offer but does not guarantee it.

Reasons a student may be able to boost their score include:

  • coming from a remote geographical location
  • recognition as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • a non-English speaking background
  • experiencing difficult circumstances
  • having a disability or medical condition.

Learn more about SEAS

Life at Deakin

We have five campuses: Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waurn Ponds, Geelong Waterfront, Warrnambool, and the Cloud Campus for those studying primarily online. Some courses are only taught at one campus, but usually students can choose their location.
Explore Deakin's campuses

Services and support

As well as study support from lecturers, mentors and many online study resources, students also have access to:

  • campus libraries
  • study support
  • a medical centre
  • counselling
  • international student support
  • sports facilities and a gym (on campus for all locations except Geelong Waterfront)
  • a spiritual centre
  • a disability resource centre
  • child care (on campus for all locations except Geelong Waterfront)
  • places to eat
  • legal assistance
  • student advocacy
  • career guidance and advice
  • peer-mentoring programs
  • cultural and social events
  • 24-hour security guards.

Beyond university

When your child goes to university, it’s not just the start of their tertiary education but also a step towards their professional plans and career.

Our dedicated Graduate Employment Division offers all students career preparation from day one, giving advice and assistance through an extensive suite of DeakinTALENT programs and services. Students are encouraged to explore their career interests and discover the breadth of career outcomes their course can lead to.

If your child’s about to start at Deakin, encourage them to:

Get acquainted with DeakinTALENT once they've enrolled

DeakinTALENT's programs and services help students discover what's important to them so they can plan their career path and navigate the jobs and careers of the future. We also give them the tools and techniques to help them with job applications and interviews.

Engage with university life

We don't just mean by studying, but also by making new connections and joining one or many of our clubs and societies. Students who are social are usually more motivated to succeed.

Find out more about clubs and societies at Deakin

Take advantage of Deakin's work experience options

Studying at Deakin will open students up to all sorts of work experience opportunities, including internships, industry-based learning (IBL) and work integrated-learning programs (WIL). These take place with an employer and provide huge benefits for securing a career.

Learn more about workplace learning opportunities

Student privacy

Deakin is often contacted by parents and caregivers wanting to check that their child is attending classes or making good academic progress. We're unable to provide personal information about students unless the student has given their explicit consent.

This is regardless of whether the student in question is under 18 or if the parent or caregiver is paying their fees or expenses.

Read our privacy policy

Need more information?

Contact our Prospective Student Enquiries Centre to chat with an expert advisor about your child's study and pathways options.

Domestic students
1800 MY FUTURE (1800 693 888)
Enquire online

International students
+61 3 9627 4877