We’re excited to announce our care experienced and estranged students scheme to support students who have been in care or are estranged from their parents.

Award Summary

A non-repayable cash award of £1,000 for students who have previously lived in care or a foyer or are estranged from their biological parents and often their wider family for a significant period of time (usually 12 months).
Please note students who choose to live in University-owned accommodation will receive an award of £1500 directly to their rent account, unless the local authority is supporting their rent.

Eligibility Summary

New and continuing home* undergraduate students who have previously lived in care or a foyer or whom are estranged from their parents.

  •     You must be fee-assessed as a home student
  •     Students studying full-time and paying fees of £9,250 per year
  •     Aged under 25 at the start of your course

Please note: Students will need to provide evidence to show they have lived in care or have lived in a foyer during the year before commencing study at UEL. Estranged students will need to provide evidence to show that they are currently estranged from their biological or adoptive parent/s.

Funding for care leavers from local authorities

Care leavers who are under 25 and following a full-time programme of undergraduate study are eligible for a grant of £2,000 from their local authority.

In addition, local authorities may make a contribution to postgraduate study. Care leaver students should contact their local authority for further details.

You can find the contact details for your local authority by visiting your local council website.

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