Resources for Parents

Welcome to the Highlander family! We know that as parents of a college student, you have questions about everything from finances to college life. This page collects some resources to guide your search for answers.

New Student and Family Programs

Your first stop for parent or family support should be New Student and Family Programs (NSFP), a whole office dedicated to supporting new students and their families through the transition to college. Their resources include:

  • Family Newsletter provides resource highlights, important dates, student stories, and other information to help families feel connected to what's going on at Radford and to help them better support their students during their college experience
  • Family Weekend is an annual celebration inviting Highlander families to campus
  • NSFP Website provides information about orientation, first-year seminars, and family programs
  • NSFP Social Media helps you connect however you choose

Radford Resources

Visitor Information
Prepare for your campus visit by searching lodging suggestions, airport information, weather warnings, or things to do.

RU Connected
Stay connected to the latest Radford University news.

Events Calendar
Stay informed about important dates with this comprehensive collection of campus events from academics and athletics to breaks and holidays.

Admissions Information for Families
See important information from the Office of Admissions for families, including application guidelines, dates and deadlines, tuition and fees, net price calculator, visit planning, information requests, contact information, forms, and a guide to choosing the right college.

Financial Aid for Parents
View this introduction to financial aid, including dates, application information, eligibility policies, types of aid, and student account information.

Parent Loans
Federal Parent PLUS Loans are available to parents of half-time or more dependent undergraduate students. See application steps and FAQs here.

FERPA Policy
Learn about privacy policies and how your students can grant you access to their academic or financial records.

Family Access to Medical Insurance Security
Register uninsured students for state-sponsored health insurance programs.

Family Engagement Network
Radford supports this initiative that encourages family engagement in education, especially for children with disabilities. See related information.

Parent Advice
Check out this college-specific page for excellent advice about practical and emotional elements of the college transition for students from any college.

Resources for Student-Parents

Are you a parent and a student? See these local resources: