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UCAS Parent Newsletter: April Update


It’s not too late for your son or daughter to apply to uni!

If your son or daughter missed their application deadline and still wants to go to uni this year, all is not lost, they can send a late application until 30 June. Point them to our search tool and then Apply system – if unis and colleges have places available, they may still consider applications.

Replying to offers

When your son or daughter has received decisions from all their choices, they’ll need to reply to any offers they have. Before they reply, they will need to:

  • understand any conditions – they should contact the uni if they’re not sure.
  • visit the university or college – to check if it’s somewhere they’ll be happy
  • discuss any individual needs with the university – for example, if they have a disability, so everything is in place when they start the course
  • check the tuition fees– it’s important to know what they are before accepting the offer

Your son or daughter will have a deadline to reply to the offers they receive, which depends on when they received the last decision on their application. Track will show their reply by date – if they don’t reply by their deadline, any offers they have will be automatically declined – this is called decline by default. Below are the reply by deadlines…

Last decision received on or before… Means your reply date is…
31 March 2017 4 May 2017 (if your postal address is in the EU)
5 May 2017 8 June 2017
8 June 2017 22 June 2017
13 July 2017 20 July 2017

Using Extra

Extra is a great way for your son or daughter to look for another course or uni if they:

  • have used all five choices on their application
  • don’t receive any offers
  • change they mind about what they want/where to study, and decline their offers

Extra is open now until 4 July.

A must-read about student finance

If your son or daughter is hoping to go to university in the next few years, you might be more than a little concerned by tuition fees.

Applying for student finance can be tricky to get your head around, but knowing what to do in advance can make the process much smoother. Your son or daughter doesn’t need to wait for university or college offers before applying for student finance, they can do this now. They’ll need to:

  • apply online through their regional student finance body – this is determined by where they live in the UK
  • know the uni and course details – this info can be changed at a later date if they accept a place somewhere else
  • prove their identity with a document such as a passport or birth certificate
  • provide their bank account details so the finance gets to them directly
  • provide their National Insurance Number
  • include details of your household income – the maintenance loan is means tested, so the amount they’re eligible for is determined by your household income
  • sign and return the loan declaration – they should get this within six weeks of submitting their finance application

Find out more about student finance.

Our direct contact service

Your son or daughter can sign up to our free direct contact service – an optional service designed to help them find a university or college place.

If they’re eligible for Extra or Clearing, we’ll send them an email with a link to sign up. If they choose to do so, universities can contact them if they think they have a place on a course that would be a good match for them.

Find out more about our direct contact service.

North East Raising Aspiration Partnership
c/o Marketing and Student Recruitment
Newcastle University

Tel: 0191 208 3128