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Parents and family of U of T students

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we want you to know that the Division of Student Life is here to support your student with as little disruption as possible. Regular updates to students and the University community are available on this page.

Student Life offers a wide range of resources and services to help students find their way and achieve success.

Encourage your student not to be afraid to ask for help with any questions or concerns. Asking for assistance in the early stages of the problem seems to work best.

If you’d like to encourage your student to get help, please keep in mind:

Even good students look for help. It’s not a sign of weakness, it’s a sign that they are self-aware and proactive.

You can help us to support the student in your family by becoming aware of the programs and services provided by Student Life departments, including but not limited to:

If your student is struggling with writing papers, for instance, there are writing centres and academic skills workshops that can help.

Other university resources


An important resource for your student is the registrar of the campus, faculty or college where your student is registered for classes. Your student may contact the office of their registrar for advice and help with:

  • course and program selection
  • interpretation of rules and regulations
  • academic petitions
  • OSAP and grants (financial aid)
  • financial aid advising
  • academic advising
  • written confirmation of registration

Libraries and writing centres

  • The University of Toronto has the third largest library system in North America.
  • Writing Centres improve students’ capacity to plan, organize, write and revise academic papers.

Resources for Indigenous students

Indigenous students get support and a bridge to the larger community through Indigenous Student Services and First Nations House.