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Care Leavers and Estranged Student Bursary

For students who need extra support because they have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

Key Facts

Type of award: Bursary
Value: £1,000
Application deadline/process: Once enrolled apply via the online application form (dates below)


We offer a range of support and services to help all students, but especially students who may need a little extra assistance, because they are from care or estranged from their parents. We understand that at different stages of your university life you may need different types of support and advice, depending on your own individual needs, and would tailor the support to suit you.

Students can apply once they have enrolled on the course and would need to provide evidence of their circumstances.

How is the value received?

The bursary will be paid as a lump sum in one instalment for that year.


Under 25 and care leaver is defined as someone who was in care for at least 13 weeks and in care on their 16th birthday. Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of a family network.

Degree apprenticeship students are not eligible for this award but should still declare as other support may be available to them.

How to apply

Once you have enrolled onto your course you may access the online application form which will be available here nearer the time.

The application deadline is 9 months after the start of the academic year in which you apply, e.g. if your course starts in September, you would need to apply before the end of May of that academic year.

Student Criteria

This scholarship / bursary is available to the following :

Eligible study levels


Eligible countries

United Kingdom (UK)