Information for parents
Do you feel equipped to support your child in making important decisions about their future? If not, you’re not alone! To help, we’ve put together some resources to help you understand the study options your child can choose from and ways you can support their decision.
The University of Melbourne can offer your child:
- a world-class education that will equip them to become a leader in their chosen field
- unprecedented career options on completion of their studies
- flexibility to follow a particular career path from day one, with the option to explore other exciting possibilities along the way
- generous scholarships
- special opportunities for high-achieving students, such as the Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
- opportunities to study overseas at one of our prestigious international partner institutions
- fascinating and interactive classes taught by some of the world's most respected educators, scholars and researchers
- a friendly and inclusive campus environment just five minutes from the city centre
- a comprehensive range of free student services, including academic assistance and a dedicated Careers and Employment unit.
To find out more about what Melbourne can offer your child, see Your experience
As a parent or guardian, you play a vital role in helping your child understand their options and make choices about their future. Here are some ways you can help:
Talk it through
Start talking about the future with your child as early as possible. A good place to start is the subjects they enjoy at school – these are probably the ones they will enjoy at university.
Visit universities with your child, look at their websites and gather as much information as you can. Find out about scholarships and entry schemes that can help with funding or entry into university (see more information below).
Remember, it's their decision!
Be there for support, but let your child take responsibility for exploring their options. Reassure them that they can change their mind and it’s not the end of the world if they don’t know what they want to do straight away.
There are different entry requirements for domestic and international students, as well as whether you are studying an undergraduate or graduate degree.
To browse Melbourne degrees, go to Find a course. You can find entry requirements on every degree page.
There are different entry pathways to undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Graduate Degree Packages
Wouldn’t it be great if your child could begin their undergraduate degree at Melbourne with the security of knowing a graduate place is reserved for them when they finish? We have a number of undergraduate + graduate course packages available, as well as other guarantee's to graduate study.
Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship
The University’s prestigious Melbourne Chancellor’s Scholarship Program gives very high-achieving students a guaranteed place in a graduate program at Melbourne, and a range of other exciting benefits.
The program supports students’ intellectual and personal growth through a range of encounters – with fellow students, with academic mentors from across the University, and via internships, special projects and overseas study.
Access Melbourne is the University of Melbourne's special entry scheme for domestic students. It can help your child get a place at Melbourne, even if their ATAR is below the Clearly-in Rank, by letting them explain any ongoing circumstances that have affected their education such as financial disadvantage, living in a rural or isolated area, a disability or medical condition or other ongoing difficult circumstances. Some students may even be eligible for guaranteed entry into one of our courses, or a scholarship.
Year 11/12 Special Consideration
If your child has experienced circumstances during Year 11 or 12 that have had an adverse impact on their performance, they can also apply for Year 11/12 Special Consideration.
See Year 11/12 Special Consideration for more information.
Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme
If your child is recognised as an elite athlete or performing artist, they may be eligible for our Elite Athletes and Artistic Performers Entry Scheme. We know this level of commitment can impact on your child’s studies, so we’ve developed this scheme to encourage international, national and state representation in sports and artistic performance.
University of Melbourne Extension Program
The University of Melbourne Extension Program provides an opportunity for your child to study a university subject during Year 12. The program provides an academic challenge and allows students to explore a particular subject area at a more advanced level, and an opportunity to receive a contribution to their final ATAR.
To find out about the application process, what your child may need to submit, and application deadlines, see:
Tuition fees will vary depending on the student and degree type.
You can find out about tuition fees, calculations and payments for undergraduate degrees here:
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia. The program rewards outstanding academic achievement and also increases access to students who might otherwise be excluded by socioeconomic, cultural, geographic and other disadvantages.
Once your child has applied for courses and scholarships, it's time to get ready for study.
There are a range of things they may need to do before class starts, from finding accommodation to organising visas, budgeting for living in Melbourne, attending orientation and more.
To get an idea of the steps your child may need to take after accepting and offer from Melbourne, see Getting ready for study.
If your child plans to move out there are a whole range of student accommodation options they can choose from.
First they can check if they're eligible for University Accommodation, offering a bed in our university partner accommodation for the first year of their studies.
Other accommodation options
They may also choose to live in a residential college, student apartment, homestay, hostel or sharehouse.
If they need help making a decision or understanding their tenancy rights, they can get help from our student support team at Stop 1.