Care Leavers Bursary

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UCLan offers 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, or none, depending on your own individual needs, and would tailor the support to suit you.

The Care Leaver Bursary is worth £1,000* per year. Students can apply from September for that academic year. The Bursary is paid in 4 instalments of £250. The exact payment dates will be notified nearer the time, however the approximate timings are below:

  • End of September (or date of application, whichever is sooner)
  • Beginning of December
  • Beginning of March
  • End of May

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In order to qualify for a Care Leaver Bursary, students would need to meet the following criteria:

  • UK Home student
  • Enrolled on a full-time, undergraduate UCLan programme
  • Care Leaver –defined as in care for at least 13 weeks, spanning your 16th birthday.
  • Under 25 on the first day of the academic year you started your current course of study.

(If you do not qualify as a Care Leaver, but you are estranged from your parents or have been resident in a Foyer, please contact the Care Leaver Advisor as you may be able to apply for support through the Access to Learning Fund.)

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Application Process

If you would like to apply for a Care Leaver Bursary, please complete the online application form and provide evidence as requested.

We have a dedicated Care Leaver Advisor, Geraldine Dickinson, who you can contact with any questions you may have, guide you through any aspect of University life, and refer you to the right people where appropriate. We can also make contact with your Social Worker and help with your pathway plan if you request this. If you would like to make an appointment to speak to your UCLan Care Leaver Advisor please email or call 01772 893020.

If you have any other questions about University life or applying for Student Finance, you can contact the Care Leaver Advisor.

If you are thinking about coming to an open day / applicant day or other pre-entry event and think you may find it difficult to attend, please contact us to discuss it as we may be able to help.


* subject to budget approvals