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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 commenced their studies in the entry years detailed below and meet the required criteria, will be entitled to an annual bursary of £2,000. This bursary is paid in two equal instalments and is available for the duration of their undergraduate course providing their circumstances remain unchanged. Further information on the support available for care leavers and estranged students can be found here.

Entry YearCare LeaversEstranged StudentsPayable
2019/20£2,000£2,000November & June
2018/19£2,000£2,000November & June
2017/18£2,000    November & June
2016/17£2,000 November & June
2015/16£2,000 November & June
2014/15£2,000 November & June

Criteria

To be eligible for the undergraduate Care Leaver and Estranged Student bursary you must be:

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

and either

  • have been in Local Authority care including supported accommodation schemes such as Foyers or under a Special Guardianship Order, for 3 months or more since the age of 14

or

  • are under 25, and normally permanently estranged from your parents prior to starting your course in 2018/19 academic year or later and assessed as an estranged 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 commenced their studies in the academic year 2018/19 or later and meet the required criteria, will be eligible for a £2,000 bursary payable in November and June.

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

and either

  • have been in Local Authority care including supported accommodation schemes such as Foyers or under a Special Guardianship Order, for 3 months or more since the age of 14

or

  • under 25 and normally permanently estranged from your parents prior to starting your course in 2018/19 academic year or later. You must also be able to provide suitable evidence of being assessed as an estranged student by Student Finance on your previous undergraduate degree programme.

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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