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Information for Parents

Going to university is a huge but exciting step for a young person. Having their parents’ support can make all the difference to their success. It’s important to make sure parents feel supported in helping their young person select a path that’s right for them. This page includes some general information for parents, but our friendly Future Students team can also provide tailored information for your unique journey. The team would love to answer your questions through a one-on-one conversation.

Why go to university?

University is for everyone, not just the elite or academically gifted. It’s a place to grow and learn, build friendships that last a lifetime, and experience a whole new world. A much higher proportion of students attend university than they did 30 years ago, with about 40% of our students coming directly from year 12.

There are many reasons to pursue a higher education. Some roles require a university qualification, such as psychologists, architects, lawyers and teachers. Statistics show that university graduates have a much higher rate of employment and generally earn more money.

Perhaps, more importantly, are the transferable skills university students learn and the many opportunities on offer. Our rapidly changing world requires a broad range of skills. University students learn self-discipline, as well how to think critically and flexibly – great assets for any future career!

How do year 12 students qualify for study at the University of Tasmania?

If your young person is in year 11 or 12, the School’s Recommendation Program has been specifically designed program to provide a pathway to university. We have also produced a course guide specifically for college-aged students.

For detailed, up-to-date information about entry requirements for domestic Year 12 students, including alternative pathways for those students who do not meet minimum entrance requirements, please visit undergraduate admission requirements.

What if my child doesn't get into the course they want to study?

If your child is not accepted into the degree that they want to study, don't worry. We have many alternatives available, such as Pathway Programs and Associate degrees. High ATARs are great, but they aren’t everything.

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What are the costs?

The main cost is the student contribution to a Commonwealth Supported Place. This can vary depending on the course or choice of units. To assist, we offer hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and prizes.

For detailed information of all costs relating to studying at the University of Tasmania please visit Course Costs.

How can I get the right information?

The best way to assist your young person is to provide them with information relevant to them. We suggest getting in contact with our friendly Future Students team. This team can tailor information that suits future students and their unique journeys.

Once your young person has been accepted into university, they can find plenty of information on our website about starting uni. First Steps for New Students has all the information when your young person is ready to start university.

To have this information mailed out to you, you can request course Information or book a face-to-face appointment.

Who can I contact for further information?

For information about courses at the University of Tasmania and the application process, please contact the Uni Info Centre at

For information about the range of services provided students when they begin uni, please visit First Steps for New Students.