Care Leavers

Frank Buttle TrustThe University of Southampton was one of the first universities in the country to be awarded the Buttle Quality Mark for its commitment to supporting those students who have been in local authority care or who have received support from The Foyer Federation.

The university offers a generous package of financial support to help you through your time at university.

 Financial Support for care leavers:

 

 Undergraduate Students

  • Undergraduate students who are in their first year of study in the academic year 2013/14 who meet the required criteria, will be eligible for  a £2000 bursary payable in November and June to assist with living costs.
  • Continuing undergraduate students in the academic year 2013/14 will receive a  £1000 bursary  in June to help cover the cost of accommodation over the summer period.
  • Students who are leaving the care of their Local Authority are classed as independent by Student Finance England and could therefore be entitled to an annual fee waiver/ bursary of £3000 (students in their first year of study whose household income is lower than £25,000 will only receive £1,000 as a bursary and £2,000 as a partial fee waiver. This is a restriction imposed by the government on the National Scholarship Programme. After the first year, all options will be available in full.)

Postgraduate Students

  • Postgraduate students who are in their first year of study in the academic year 2013/14 who meet the required criteria and who undertook their undergraduate studies at the University of Southampton will be eligible for a £2000 bursary payable in November and June to assist with living costs.
  • Postgraduate students who are in their first year of study in the academic year 2013/14 who meet the required criteria and who undertook their undergraduate studies at another university will be eligible for a £1000 bursary payable in November

          Payment will only be made for the first year of a postgraduate course.

 Criteria:

As an undergraduate student to be eligible to receive the Care Leaver Bursary you must  be:

  • classed as a Full-Time UK student
  • on your first undergraduate degree course,
  • been in local authority care for 3 months or more since the age of 14.

If you have indicated on your UCAS application that you are a care leaver we will contact you once you have enrolled to advise of how to claim your bursary. If you have not included this information on your application please contact us .

 

As a post graduate student to be eligible to receive the Care Leaver Bursary you need to be:

  • classed as a Full-Time UK student
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree within the last two years
  • Been in local authority care for 3 months or more since the age of 14.

       Please contact us if you believe you may be eligible for this bursary.