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Starting university is an exciting, life-changing time for your child – and for you.

Right now you might be asking how COVID-19 will affect your child’s future plans. We’re working with government to understand what it means for your child. We’ll help you navigate these unprecedented times and find a tailored pathway to suit your child – and their future goals. As Australia’s most experienced online university, rest assured, we’re ready to help your child plan their future.

What next?

We’ve got some FAQs at the bottom of this page to give you the latest information about how COVID-19 could affect your child. You can also book a one-to-one virtual consult to discuss your child’s options. Got a question? Hit ‘Ask a question’ over on the right, and we’ll get back to you in a couple of days (plus, keep you in the loop with all the latest updates). We’re also developing some exciting virtual events, so you can discover what’s possible at Charles Sturt, straight from your living room.

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Want to boost your child's finances?

A Charles Sturt scholarship could really help your child with the cost of study. We give away more than $3 million in scholarships and grants to students each year. And your child doesn't need to be at the top of the class to get one. We offer all kinds of scholarships – but they've got to be in it to win it!

Scholarships and grants take the pressure off and can make uni that much easier. Extra cash in the kitty means your child doesn't have to stress about paying for things like course fees, accommodation, textbooks and attending work placements. Trust us, it’s worth their while to apply.

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Support at every step

Our wide range of support services covers everything from academic assistance to personal wellbeing. Your child can get one-on-one support from our Academic Skills team, tap into the latest career advice from our Career Development Service, and access student health and counselling services if they need to chat about, well, anything.

However your child chooses to study, we’ve got their back. So you can rest easy knowing they've got everything they need to succeed at uni.

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Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment

Get qualified and get the job. More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia.

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Charles Sturt University is a 5-star uni for graduate salaries

Get your dream job and get paid well for it! Charles Sturt grads earn an average of $68,900 straight after graduating.

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We're Australia’s online university of choice

More students choose to study online with Charles Sturt University than any other university in Australia.

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You might be asking...

  • What financial help is available?

    From scholarships and grants to student loans, there are many ways we can help your child afford their studies.

    The cost of a degree varies depending on the course. For domestic students, you can expect fees per 8-point subject to range from around $800 to $1300. If your child receives a Commonwealth supported place, they can access the HECS-HELP scheme. This means they’ll pay their tuition fees once they’re working and earning over a certain amount.

    Your child can also speak to our financial support team, who will help them with budgeting, planning and applying for loans. We can even help them find a part-time job to boost their cash flow. While a degree is certainly a big financial commitment, it's a wonderful investment in your child's future.

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  • Will my child still get an ATAR?

    UAC, VTAC and other state tertiary admissions centres currently intend to calculate ATARs or equivalent for Year 12 students this year. It’s unclear at the moment whether or when HSC and VCE exams will go ahead. We’ll keep you posted on how the ATAR rank will be determined.

    The New South Wales Education Standards Authority are certainly striving to ensure your child graduates high school - and get a place at uni. They strongly encourage your child to remain committed to completing the HSC in 2020, and they will be working with all universities and UAC to ensure that admission processes can adapt if any changes in Year 12 assessments are necessary.

    So the message is, keep at it and we'll help your child get where they want to go.


  • Can my child study online?

    Yes. We’re Australia’s online uni of choice. More students choose to study online with us than any other uni in Australia. So you can be sure your child will get the best study experience online. And as the situation changes and we can offer more on-campus options, we will, so your child can choose to learn however suits them best.

  • Does my child still apply for uni the normal way?

    At the moment, yes. They can apply via UAC and VTAC as normal or directly to Charles Sturt if they want to study an online course. The courses they apply for via UAC and VTAC are still listed as on-campus ones, but we’re monitoring the COVID-19 situation and if these need to be delivered online – even for a short time – we’ll let you know how they can apply as soon as possible.

  • Will Open Days be happening?

    We’ll keep assessing whether our on-campus Open Days will go ahead, with everyone’s safety and wellbeing our top priority. The good news is we will definitely be holding an online Open Day. You can sign up for updates so you’ll be among the first to know about this exciting new virtual event.

  • Can my child get an early offer to Charles Sturt University?

    The Charles Sturt Advantage early offer program that started last year is back this year and yes, your child can apply. We’re working on our program right now and will let you know as soon as it opens. You can sign up for updates now.

  • Are Parent Information Sessions still happening?

    We’ll be hosting dedicated parent info sessions later in the year. Hopefully, we'll be able to meet you face-to-face by then, but if not we'll hold some online sessions  At these sessions, we'll give you an overview of how far your child can go with Charles Sturt, and then you can attend specialist sessions on areas of interest to your child.

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