Parents and Families

Subscribing to Family Matters Newsletter

Whether your first loved one has left for Ann Arbor or you know a pack of current Wolverines, we recognize that navigating changes can be hard.

The University of Michigan Division of Student Life designed our Family Matters Newsletter to help you feel more connected to your Wolverine and give you a glimpse of campus life.

Exploring interests, planning the future 

If your student is in the exploration stage of their education and career planning, they may want to use i-plan from the U-M Career Center to explore interests and much more. Consisting of three areas of focus -- Your Story, Your Community, and Your Presentation -- the i•plan™ represents the many small things your student can do throughout their time at U-M that build toward a fulfilling career.  The Career Center also offers a number of services and opportunities for your student.

Career Center

Start planning now: summer internships, networking, career

February is a good time to inquire about your student’s summer or after graduation plans, and the University of Michigan Career Center has many tips and programs that can help your student make the most of this time. From exploring interests to planning the future to networking resouces, the Center can assist your student.


Take Time Before You Sign

It may just be the beginning of Winter semester, but if your student is thinking of looking to live off campus next year, it is never too early to start the process. Beyond The Diag, Student Legal Services, First Year Experience and Fraternity & Sorority Life have teamed up to put together an eye-catching and informative campaign -- The Take Time Before You Sign -- to  help students successfully navigate the house-hunting process. 

Take Time

Online, all the time: tips from FYE

If you, as a parent, have experienced online meetings, you can imagine online classes and student organizational meetings can be more exhausting than in-person classes due to reduced body movement. Here are some tips from the First Year Experience on how to relieve Zoom fatigue that you can share with your student,


Preparing Your Student For Holiday Travel 

Although several weeks remain before Thanksgiving, when most students will return to their permanent residences to finish the semester remotely, it’s never too early to start planning. Have you discussed preparations for when and how your student will return home? 


Cares Funding Available to Students

U-M students who have encountered unexpected financial costs due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to apply for emergency funding from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

This Congressional relief package is intended to address the economic fallout from the pandemic, and can be applied for on Wolverine Access.

Cares Funding

Conduct Student Business Online

As the fall term approaches, the Office of Financial Aid, Student Financial Services, and the Registrar’s Office are committed to serving your student in convenient, efficient, and safety-conscious ways. Did you know your student can conduct most of their business online and on-demand? As your student starts to make their plans to return to campus, we encourage everyone to learn more about these online alternatives to conducting student business in person.


Your Student and the 2020 Census

By April 1, 2020 every home in the United States will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Mandated by the Constitution of the United States of America, the Census happens once every ten years and counts every living person living in the U.S. It’s been happening, on schedule, since 1790 and it’ll be starting very soon on campus, too. It’s an important process that involves your student.


Building skills and networks for the future through internships

As your student settles into the Winter semester, there is likely a big question on their mind: what should I do this summer? For many students, it’s all about one word: “internship”. What is an internship? Should I get one? How do I start looking? The University Career Center (UCC), and other career offices on campus, are available to help your student navigate through the summer planning process.


Exploring the World: Travel Abroad Tip

Students who work, study or volunteer abroad can gain valuable life and cultural experiences while exploring new parts of the world. And travel is increasingly accessible to all students.