Whether it’s financial, practical or emotional, your support will make a world of difference to your children when they decide to go into higher education.

Beginners' guides to helping your child apply for university

These websites are a good place to start for anyone, but they’re particularly useful for parents who haven’t been to university themselves.

Specific information for parents about applying for university and how they can help. There’s a newsletter, a video guide and a list of what applicants should be doing, and when!

Apply to Uni
An independent site with details of the application process, writing a personal statement, student finance, university guides, open days, league tables, distance learning, the UCAS clearing system and much more.

Parents' guides to university funding

These websites should help you answer important questions like: how much does it cost, how do loans work, and what do you need to do to help your children with loans, grants and funding?

The government guide to student finance
Step-by-step guide to how your son or daughter can get the student loan or grant they need for a university education.

Apply to Uni
Guide to university tuition fees, with a list of how much each UK university charges and up-to-date information about the student loans and grants available. 

National Careers Service
Overview with links to further information and tips on searching for funding. The careers advice helpline might be useful if you want to ask something specific. 

Scholarship Search
Search for scholarships by organisation, subject and level (includes undergraduates and part time study).

Student Calculator
Work out how much students could be entitled to in grants and loans, help them start a budget and see how much they might spend on things like food, rent and going out.

Comparing universities

The best way to pick a university is to go and visit, but these websites are all great places to start coming up with a shortlist. 

The official website for comparing UK higher education course data. You can shortlist courses by adding them to a virtual basket.

The Complete University Guide
Higher education rankings and tables to help you research degree courses, universities and colleges in the UK.

The Guardian University Guide
University tables – ranked overall and by subject area – to help you find the right course, as well as subject profiles, university profiles and advice for students. 

The Times Good University Guide
Interactive league tables that you can search by university or course, along with university profiles and statistics and news and advice for students.

The Student Room A-Z of universities
A-Z list of higher education establishments in the UK and around the world, with student guides, profiles, videos and open day dates.

University summer schools

Summer schools are a fantastic way for students to experience higher education before they go to university. Individual universities run their own summer schools, as does social mobility charity The Sutton Trust.

Sutton Trust Summer Schools
Free, subject-specific residential courses for Year 12 students from UK state-maintained schools, as long as they meet The Sutton Trust’s eligibility criteria.

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