Parents and Supporters

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

Watch this video from Student Finance England and read on for some helpful information that will help you get to grips with Student 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.

Maintenance Loan

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.

Students will only start repaying student loans (tuition and maintenance) after they have graduated and are earning over £27,295 per annum. Repayment terms combine tuition fee and maintenance loans to make one monthly repayment, based on the amount currently earned and not how much they have borrowed.

For further details visit

EU Students

Changes to the eligibility of EU students for home fee status and financial support from Student Finance England have been confirmed in a Government statement. These changes 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 are supporting relies on you financially, you will 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 will be invited by email to declare your earnings
  • Ensuring a quick response to any further information or evidence of circumstances requested by Student Finance.
  • If you expect your income to drop by 15% or more, ensure you let Student Finance know. Watch this video here from Student Finance England for help if this applies to you.

If you are supporting a student who has not had contact with their parents for over a year, they may be eligible to apply for finance as an ‘Estranged’ or ‘Independent’ student.

What else can I do?

It is worth encouraging the student to regularly check their ‘To Do’ list on their online account to ensure they have completed everything that is required. 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

Our range of scholarships for students recognise determination, commitment and achievement in areas outside of study such as creative arts, performing arts, sport and volunteering, and reward outstanding examination results. Students can also apply for funds to help enhance their career prospects and have the opportunity to find part-time work alongside their studies.


A scholarship is a financial award in recognition of excellence to support the student while they are at university. It is awarded purely on merit, paid directly to the student and does not have to be repaid.

  • High Achievers Scholarship: Worth up to £1,000 paid within the first year of study. There is no application process for this award and it is subject to specific criteria.
  • Excellence Scholarship: Must be applied for and worth up to £2,000 paid over the duration of the course.
  • Sports Scholarship: Must be applied for and worth up to £1,000 per academic year.

Student Opportunity Fund

Undergraduate students at Edge Hill 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.

Earn while you learn

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.

Visit for more details of all scholarships and the Student Opportunity Fund, including deadlines for application. For more information about Careers, visit

The application timeline

January – April

  • Check UCAS Track for the application deadline
  • Apply for Student Finance. Visit 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 – July

  • 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 2022 for funding to be in place for the start of term.
  • Submit application(s) for the Excellence Scholarship 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.


  • Enrolment – the process to officially join the University. 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.
  • Moving in day. Students who have been allocated on-campus accommodation collect their keys and move in.
  • Induction Week starts.

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 the 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 through the process.

  • Find your course: 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 8am on results day. Your student might be feeling very disappointed, but it’s a good idea to reassure them that there will be a wide choice of courses that they can look at 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 Edge Hill 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 on UCAS Track.

*Student Finance which has already been approved may easily be transferred to another University. We are happy to support in this process. Please contact us at [email protected]. Where funding isn’t already in place this must be applied for urgently to limit the delay to payments.

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.

Campus Life
Helping students to settle in to life on campus, make friends and feel part of the Edge Hill community.

Campus Support (Security)
A 24 hour support system for students on campus to ensure they feel safe on campus

Care Leavers, Care Experienced and Estranged Students
Support during a student’s time at university through a dedicated contact.

Disability Support
For students with a specific learning difficulty or disability that means they might need some extra support during their time at university.

Money Advice
All money-related matters including student funding, budgeting, and the Student Support Fund.

Pastoral guidance and support for all students, helping to create a welcoming community on campus.

Student Support Team
Help to navigate the challenges that come with university life, connecting students to support and services to help them succeed.

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.

You can stay connected to Edge Hill once your student starts university by signing up to our Parent and Supporter Newsletter email. You’ll find out about services and key events happening during the year as well as advice on supporting your student. To sign up visit

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. The student will probably experience similar feelings, but on top of this they will 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 it is important for them to understand that they are not on their own. We offer support for anyone feeling this way. Students can speak to their personal tutor or they 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 some top tips on how you can help the student have a positive first month at university:

  • Advise them to take up opportunities to get involved in as much as possible. The Students’ Union is a good place to start.
  • If the 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.

Useful websites

Edge Hill University information:

Choosing a course and university:

Finance and budgeting:

General information

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 95.8% of students employed or in further study within 15 months of graduating (Graduate outcomes 2017/18).

Edge Hill University also offers an outstanding student experience, and this is reinforced by our consistent success in national surveys and awards:

Satisfied Students

  • Top three in the North-West for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2021)
  • Voted Best in the North West (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)
  • Top 5 in the UK for university facilities (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020)

Teaching Excellence

  • 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 2020 (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)
  • Shortlisted for University of the Year 2020 (Times Higher Education Awards 2020)
  • Winner of Global Teaching Excellence Spotlight Award 2018
  • Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence which is enhancing the student experience (2020)

The Edge Hill University campus is located close to Liverpool, Manchester and Preston. It is perfectly placed for students to benefit from the local countryside or the nearby cities, all of which are all easily accessible by road or rail.

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.

Our cutting-edge resources are designed to ensure students get experience of industry standard equipment to prepare them for the world of work. Purpose built department buildings are complemented by the University Library housed in the Catalyst building. Students have access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and study spaces. IT and multimedia provision are available and there are free WiFi enabled social learning spaces across campus.

Edge Hill University has been ranked the safest campus in the North West (Complete University Guide 2020).

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.

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