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 additional award of £500 paid directly to their rent account.

Eligibility Summary

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

You must be:

  • fee-assessed as a home student
  • 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.

*See fee assessment


How do I apply?


New and continuing students

Applications are now open for this bursary.

Read the Terms and Conditions and apply on our intranet page.

 If you require any further assistance or advice, please contact youngindependent@uel.ac.uk

Further information
For more information contact our SMART team on 020 8223 4444 or login to My Portal, ensuring you have your login details (email and password) to hand.

University of East London Access and Participation Plan


This bursary is funded as part of UEL's 2020/21 Access Agreement commitment. All publicly funded providers of higher education in England that wish to charge tuition fees above the basic level have to submit an Access Agreement to the Office for Students (OFS) for approval.
See UEL's access agreements.

Young Independent Students Bursary application form

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