This page includes information for parents and supporters to help your student with the decision-making process.
Supporting your student
The ‘Supporting your student’ articles below are packed full of brilliant advice and tips:
Understanding funding and finance
Full-time undergraduate students who are studying their first degree can benefit from a range of financial support:
Tuition fee loan
Eligible UK students can borrow the full cost of their tuition fee, in the form of a loan, subject to previous degree or higher-level study, and should not have to pay for their course upfront.
A maintenance loan is available to help with living and study costs. The amount available is dependent on the personal circumstances of the student and their household. It will vary based on the household income and whether the student lives at home or away during their studies.
There’s no need to worry about repaying student loans (tuition or maintenance) until after your student has graduated and is earning over what is known as the ‘threshold’ amount.
The threshold amount for 2023/24 will be £25,000. When making repayments, tuition fees and maintenance loans are combined to make one single monthly repayment based on the amount the student earns, not how much they’ve borrowed.
Changes to the eligibility of EU students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England took effect from academic year 2021/22 entry. Exemptions apply to those who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals.
How can I help?
If the student you’re supporting relies on you financially, you’ll usually have to support their Student Finance application if the student is applying for an assessment based on household income.
You can support the application by:
- Confirming your income. After the student has submitted their application, you’ll be invited by email to declare your earnings.
- If you expect your income to drop by 15% or more, ensure you let Student Finance know.
- Give a quick response to any further information, or evidence or circumstances, requested by Student Finance.
What else can I do?
It’s worth encouraging the student to regularly check their ‘To Do’ list on their online Student Finance account to ensure they’ve completed everything. Any delays in providing documents or evidence to Student Finance could result in the student not getting their first instalment of maintenance loan at the start of term.
Payments will only be made once the application is approved in full, the declaration form has been signed, and the student is fully enrolled with their university.
Additional financial support at Edge Hill
We love to celebrate the success of our students. And not just for their academic achievements.
Students can apply for a scholarship before their Edge Hill course begins. Whilst they’re here? They can apply for funds to help enhance their career prospects, apply for on-course scholarships and get help finding part-time work that fits alongside their studies.
Edge Hill scholarships are easy to apply for online and there’s even a handy online calculator that recommends the scholarship(s) most suitable. Once your student starts studying at Edge Hill, they can apply for one of our scholarships that recognise their academic achievement, on course achievement, contribution to student life or participation in sport.Find out more about scholarships
Student opportunity fund
Students can also apply for funds to help enhance their career prospects
Our undergraduate students can apply for up to £2,000 to support a career-enhancing project, initiative or opportunity that will enrich their student experience and enable them to stand out in the graduate job market.Find out more about the student opportunity fund
Earn whilst learning
Students gain valuable skills and experience through working alongside their studies, and with plenty of part-time job opportunities available on and off the campus, this can be a perfect stepping stone from study to graduate employment.
Our Careers team offer an online vacancy service where students can search for part-time and casual vacancies as well as work placements and volunteering opportunities.Find out more about part-time jobs
The application timeline
September 2022 – December 2022
- Attend Open Days at chosen universities
- Check UCAS for the application deadline (the Medicine deadline is usually in October)
- Complete UCAS application, including an excellent personal statement.
January 2023 – April 2023
- Check UCAS for the application deadline (the Medicine deadline is usually in October)
- Apply for Student Finance. Visit gov.uk/student-finance for information.
- Await decisions from universities and colleges.
- Accept and decline offers – choose one as a FIRM choice and one as an INSURANCE choice.
- Apply for accommodation at Edge Hill if it is a FIRM choice.
May 2023 – July 2023
- Check UCAS for important deadlines.
- Look out for further information from Edge Hill. This will be sent to the email address on the student’s UCAS application. To ensure they don’t miss important information, if their email address changes they need to inform UCAS and Edge Hill as soon as possible.
- Results are published for some examinations such as BTEC. We will confirm places for applicants who meet or exceed their offer conditions. If the conditions are not met, each application will be individually reconsidered. The student could still have their place confirmed on their chosen course or may be offered an alternative course.
- Apply for Student Finance by the end of May 2023 for funding to be in place for the start of term.
- Submit a scholarship application before the published deadline.
- A Level results day and Clearing. Clearing enables students who have not secured a university place to apply for course vacancies.
- If a place is secured, information will be sent out to the applicant.
- Stage one of enrolment opens. Further details are sent nearer the time and we advise that your student does not plan to be away beyond the first week in September.
- Welcome weekend. Students who have been allocated on-campus accommodation collect their keys and move in. The Accommodation Team will be in touch with the student directly with more information.
- Induction Week starts. Your student will receive their Induction Week timetable nearer the time.
How we make our offers
Going to university is an exciting opportunity. Making a decision on which university to attend is important, as it will determine where your student will spend the next three years of their life.
We believe, as do most schools and colleges, that the decision should be based on the university and the course the student thinks is right for them. At Edge Hill, we prefer not to make Unconditional Offers to applicants who are sitting their A Level, BTEC or equivalent qualifications. Instead, we set challenging entry requirements and we encourage applicants to work hard to achieve the very best grades that they can.
We have strong academic standards and we want students who are passionate about their subject and who want to be part of an exciting and dynamic community of lecturers and like-minded students. We also want students who are committed to their own success. Exam grades are not just about getting into university. They will be included in future job applications and many employers could be influenced by the results they have achieved.
Guide to clearing
If the outcome on Results Day is not what your student was hoping for, Clearing is the process that applicants go through to secure a place at university. Our guide below can help you and your student through the process.
- Explore your course options: If clearing looks like a possibility, try and find out about course options at Edge Hill before results day. Available places can be found via UCAS and on our website.
- Results day: UCAS opens at approximately 8:30am on results day. Help your student stay positive. Reassure them that there will be a wide choice of exciting and interesting courses available through Clearing.
- Contacting the University: Universities really want to talk to the applicant themselves to understand their qualifications and hear first-hand why they want a place on a particular course. Also, for data protection reasons, universities can only speak to students about their own applications.
- Ask questions: Make sure when discussing courses and potential offers, your student asks other important questions. Suggestions include programme assessment methods, finding accommodation and availability of bursaries or scholarships.
- Visit if possible: If you can, visit the university before they accept their offer. Look at facilities, take a trip into the local town, check out the Students’ Union and find out about accommodation.
- Accepting an offer: Once the informal offers have been made over the phone, the final step in the process is to add the one they want to accept as a Clearing choice via UCAS.
Support for students
Student Services is here to support students during their time at university. There are dedicated teams who can provide advice on a wide range of areas including:
Information relating to on and off-campus accommodation, paying hall fees, and issues in halls.Find out more about our accommodation
Helping students to settle in to life on campus, make friends and feel part of the Edge Hill community.Find out more about Campus Connections
Campus Support (Security)
A 24 hour support system for students on campus to ensure they feel safe on campus.Find out more about Campus Support
Students without family support
Support during a student’s time at university through a dedicated contact.Find out more
For students with a specific learning difficulty or disability that means they might need some extra support during their time at university.Find out more
All money-related matters including student funding, budgeting, and the Student Support Fund.Find out more about the Money Advice Team
Faith and Community
Pastoral guidance and support for all students, helping to create a welcoming community on campus.Find out more about Faith and Community
Student Support Team
Help to navigate the challenges that come with university life, connecting students to support and services to help them succeed.Find out more about the Student Support Team
Wellbeing and Counselling
Support for issues that may affect a student’s wellbeing, such as anxiety, stress, or feeling overwhelmed, as well as access to GP and counselling services.Find out more about Wellbeing and Counselling
Starting University: how can you help?
Seeing your student go off to university is an important step for you, as well as them. Many people describe mixed emotions and report that it can take time to adjust to the change. Students can experience similar feelings, but on top of this they’ll be dealing with a new way of life.
Sometimes students find themselves feeling unhappy and may even think about dropping out. This is not unusual and its important for them to understand that they’re not on their own.
We offer support for anyone feeling this way. As well as speaking to their Personal Tutor, students can access support from Student Services by emailing [email protected] or by visiting the Catalyst Helpdesk to speak to an adviser.
The adviser will provide an overview of the options available, as well as signposting to the support available. That way, they can decide what the best course of action is and feel secure that they are fully informed of their options.
Below are our top tips on how you can help your student have a positive first month at university:
- Advise them to get involved in as much as possible. The Students’ Union is a good place to start.
- If your student experiences homesickness, reassure them that this is perfectly normal, lots of others feel the same way, and that it probably won’t last.
- If they experience any problems settling into their on-campus accommodation, the Campus Life team can help.
- Suggest that they take part in things they enjoy and stay active, for example, joining a sports team or going to a yoga class where possible.
- Undertaking voluntary work or fundraising can be a positive thing to be involved with, as the student can gain essential skills and make friends along the way.
More information about Edge Hill
The Edge Hill University experience is designed to prepare our students for their future careers. We have an excellent track record in graduate employment with 95.4% of students employed or in further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate outcomes 2019/20).
Edge Hill University also offers an outstanding student experience, and this is reinforced by our consistent success in national surveys and awards:
- Top 15 in the UK for lecturers and teaching quality (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
- Top 10 in the UK in the University of the Year category (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
- Top 10 in the UK for student support (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
- 2nd in the UK for university facilities (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
- Top 5 in the UK for university halls (Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2022)
- Winner of Modern University of the Year 2022 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
- Winner of University of the Year 2020 (Educate North Awards 2020)
- Shortlisted for University of the Year (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
Located close to Liverpool, Manchester and Preston, we’re perfectly placed for students to benefit from the local countryside or the nearby cities.
Our Ormskirk campus offers everything on site, from state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities to modern student accommodation, and a choice of places to study, socialise and relax.
Many new students appreciate the supportive, sociable and secure atmosphere that life in halls can offer. As a campus-based university, everything is just a few minutes’ walk from the student accommodation including lecture theatres and classrooms, study spaces, sport and leisure facilities, cafés, shops and an on-campus theatre.