As Parents or Supporters, it is your role to assist your child/spouse/sibling/friend in their transition to Niagara College. There are many ways that you can provide support and encourage success such as:
- Actively listening and demonstrating an interest in their entire student experience.
- Speak with them regularly and ask about their classes, if they are taking advantage of the services offered, and how they are getting involved in on and off campus activities.
- Be confident in their decisions and trust their judgment.
- Allow them to make their own mistakes; it’s the only way to learn!
It is crucial to speak with your student about the importance of creating and managing an expense budget for their first academic year. Consider expenses such as; tuition, textbooks, residence/off campus living, groceries, laundry, etc. If the student is required to get a part-time job in order to offset their expenses, speak with them about how many hours per week they can work that will not disturb their studies. Speaking frankly with your student and coming up with a reasonable plan, will reduce stress and tension while transitioning to their first year of post-secondary.
To learn more about financial support and assistance at Niagara College, please visit our Financial Aid page.
There are a number of key college services available to assist you and your student through the transitioning process. View a list of services here.