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Parents of Out of State Students

We know that you may be apprehensive about sending your student to school in another state.  To ease some of your fears, we have compiled the information below to make that transition easier for you as you help your student through to graduation. 

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Office of Financial Aid administers federal, state, and institutional aid programs to qualified students. To receive financial aid, qualified students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on your student applying for and receiving financial aid, please click here.

The Undergraduate Scholarship Office awards hundreds of academic scholarships each year to entering freshmen. All scholarships are awarded for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Scholarships are awarded based on information submitted on the University of Memphis admissions application. A separate scholarship application is not required unless noted. The deadline for admission to the University of Memphis for scholarship consideration is March 1.

There are also non-academic and scholarship opportunities for current students.  For a list of scholarships and more information on scholarship offers, please click here.

For information on cost of attendance, please visit the Financial Aid website or click here

Parent Handbook: Financial Aid Awards and Scholarships

New Student and Parent Orientation

Students and parents are encouraged to attend orientation, as it prepares both for college life at the University of Memphis.  Parents have a chance to learn about their student’s new home and ask all the questions they like. 

For more information on New Student Orientation, please click here.

For more information on Parent Orientation, please click here.


General parking is available on campus and a permit is included in the cost of tuition.  Students will receive a permit in the mail prior to their first semester of classes.  If registered before the deadline, students will receive subsequent permit stickers for the remaining semesters that they are enrolled.  If students would like to park in priority lots, including the parking garages, they will need to apply for a priority parking permit with the Parking Services office.  These spots are limited and students should apply as soon as possible for these permits. 

Parent Handbook: Parking and Transportation


The Memphis International Airport is located approximately 15 to 20 minutes from the University of Memphis campus.  For more information on airlines, parking, or airport information, please visit the Memphis International Airport website.


Memphis plays host to two major bus companies with links to a variety of destinations. The Greyhound bus terminal is located at 3033 Airways Blvd. near the airport. The Megabus company also operates in Memphis and their terminal is located in the MATA North End Terminal in downtown at the corner of 2nd Street and Auction Avenue.  


Memphis is home to a Amtrak station which operates a passenger train that travels north to Chicago, IL and south to New Orleans, LA.  The train makes several stops along the way.  The station is located in downtown Memphis near the corner of Main Street and G.E. Patterson Avenue and is approximately 20 minutes from campus.  For more information on train schedules and tickets, please visit the Amtrak website

*The University of Memphis does not endorse the companies above, but is simply providing information.

Health Services

We encourage all of our students to have a local physician, but they may also take advantage of the Student Health Services on campus that provide minor medical care to students, faculty and staff.  For more information on University health services and local health services, please click here

Parent Handbook: Health Resources

Visiting Campus

For visitors who are not familiar with the U of M campus, the Visitor Information Center at 3641 Central Avenue is a great place to start your visit. For more information, please click here

Directions to Campus

Map of Campus

Visitor Parking

Tour of Campus

We encourage all of our parents and students to take time to visit our beautiful campus. Student-led tours are held Monday through Friday at 9:30a.m. & 1:30 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. (with the exception of holiday weekends & university closings)  To get more information or to schedule a tour, please click here.

If you are unable to visit campus, please take time to view our virtual tour.

Living On and Off Campus

We encourage students to live on campus their first year of college as it gives them the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the college experience and to get involved on campus.  For more information on the residence options available to students, please visit the Residence Life web site

For students who live off campus, there are a variety of options within walking distance or a short drive from the university.  Adult and Commuter Student Services manages a site dedicated to off-campus housing. Please review our Parents of Commuter Students page as well.

Meal Plans

Whether living on or off campus, there are a variety of meal plan options for all of our students.  Please click here to view the various options. 

Parent Handbook: Living On and Off Campus

Important Links:

Publications for Parents

Financial Aid Office

Scholarship Office

New Student Orientation

Parking Services

Student Health Services

Visiting Campus

Residence Life

Off Campus Housing

Meal Plans

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Last Updated: 4/8/13