Care leavers support

Student support

Attending university is a big change, and we want to support you every step of the way. For care leavers we have support available before your first day, through to graduation and beyond.

What support is available for care leavers?

  • £1000 per year bursary
  • Year-round halls accommodation
  • Pathway plan and careers advice
  • £500 graduation bursary
  • Waived advance fees
  • Priority access to support

Already studying with us?

Our Student Hub has more information about the support you can get based on your personal needs and circumstances.

We offer a range of support, financial aid and services to help all students, with specialist support if you're a care leaver or care experienced.

Who is considered to be a care leaver?

You're considered to be a care leaver if:

  • You're under 25 when you begin your studies
  • You were in the care of the local authority for at least 13 weeks
  • You were in care on your 16th birthday.

If you currently don't meet this criteria, we may have support available for you too — it's possible you may be an estranged student

You can find more support available for your individual needs and circumstances on our support page.

STAR programme

Are you an offer holder with a disability, a care leaver, or estranged? Join us on the STAR programme for a taster of university life. With opportunities to stay in our residential halls, and workshops to explore our facilities.

Discover our STAR events

Contact us

Existing students can visit the Student Hub to find out more about the support we can provide and further contact details.

Dedicated Advisor

Talk to our dedicated Care Leaver Advisor Hannah Small, she’ll be happy to arrange a one-to-one appointment to talk through the support we offer Care Leavers.

Telephone: +44 (0)1772 893020

Email our wellbeing team

Confidential Admissions Advisor

Speak to one of our Admissions Officers, in confidence. They will give you more information if you need financial help to attend one of our taster sessions.

Phone: +44 (0)1772 892444

Email our admissions team

Care Leaver Covenant

The Care Leaver Covenant is a promise made by the University to provide support for care leavers aged 16-25 to help them move from local authority care to living independently.

Read about our commitment

Former SU president Lee Mac tells his story

Our former Students' Union president Lee, left his foster home at 16, which led to him living in social housing, bedsits and local college accommodation.

“There was no support in place, no help to get education, support myself financially, or live day to day. There were times when I rifled through bins. I came to UCLan with 11p in my pocket but they supported me in different aspects of finance and settling in. They also showed me routes that I could take to help myself, such as the bursary funds. Without the support, I probably wouldn’t have stayed at university.

Currently, the University and Students' Union are working to make life better for Care Leavers in education. We are offering bursaries to Care Leavers and an inclusive support package helping students before they arrive, and once they are with us, allowing them to get involved with university life.

My advice for any Care Leaver would be to get involved with university and not to be afraid to ask for help – it makes you the person you want to be!”