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Financial Support for Care Leavers & Estranged Students

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

  • Care leavers and students estranged from their parents who start in the academic year 2018/19 and meet the required criteria, will be entitled to an annual bursary of £2,000 for the duration of their undergraduate course. This is paid in two instalments, in November and June, directly into the student’s bank account.
  • Undergraduate care leavers who commenced their studies in the academic year 2017/18 will continue to receive a £2,000 bursary payable in November and June to assist with living costs. This will continue for each year that you are enrolled on your undergraduate course. 
  • Undergraduate care leavers who commenced their studies in the academic year 2014/15 will continue to receive a £2,000 bursary payable in November and June to assist with living costs. This will continue for each year that you are enrolled on your undergraduate course. 
  • Undergraduate care leavers who commenced their studies prior to the academic year 2013/14 will receive a £1,000 bursary in June to help cover the cost of accommodation over the Summer period. This will continue for each year that you are enrolled on your undergraduate course.

Criteria

To be eligible for the undergraduate estranged student and care leaver bursary you need to be:

  • on your first undergraduate degree course
  • classed as a full-time UK student 

and either

  • have been in Local Authority care for three months or more since the age of 14

or

  • Under 25 and normally permanently estranged from your parents for more than one year prior to starting your course in 2018/19 and assessed as an independent student by Student Finance.
     

Students leaving the care of their Local Authority are classed as independent by Student Finance England and are therefore also entitled to an annual bursary of £3,000.

Students are also entitled to additional support in the form of:

  • a designated point of contact to provide information and advice
  • an extended halls contract that provides 365 days of accommodation  

If you have indicated on your UCAS application that you’re a care leaver, a member of the Student Inclusion Team will contact you once you’ve enrolled to advise on how to claim your bursary. If you haven’t included this information on your application, or have been assessed as an estranged student by Student Finance, please contact us at studentinclusion@soton.ac.uk for further information.

Care leavers and students estranged from their parents who are in their first year of postgraduate study in the academic year 2018/19 and meet the required criteria will be eligible for a £2,000 bursary payable in November and June to assist with living costs.

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

Criteria

To be eligible for the postgraduate care leaver and estranged student bursary you must be:

  • on your first postgraduate degree course
  • classed as a full-time UK student
  • been in Local Authority care for three months or more since the age of 14
  • under 25, normally permanently estranged from your parents for more than one year prior to starting your course in 2018/19, and able to provide evidence of being assessed as an independent student by Student Finance on your previous undergraduate degree course

If you believe that you’re eligible for this support package or wish to find out more, please visit the Student Inclusion website for further information.

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