Many Care Leavers go on to achieve amazing things at university. If you decide to go to university, the Care Leavers 18+ Service will assist you with your housing during the holiday periods and provide you with extra financial support. Long-term funding for higher education will be agreed by our management team if necessary.
We will support you for a maximum of 4 years of university study (£1000 per academic year). This support is available for care leavers studying on 3 or 4 year undergraduate programmes.
- You will be eligible to apply for a student loan from Student Finance England
- We will support you to visit universities prior to acceptance by covering travel costs
- We will assist you with the initial costs of moving to and from university up to £200
If you are attending university, you are able to use some of your Setting Up Home Allowance to cover the costs of duvets, pots and pans etc up to a maximum of £200.
You may also be entitled to additional support from the university who often have additional funds and grants for care leavers. but you should contact your chosen university to discuss what is available.
If you are thinking about applying to university, please speak to your Personal Adviser or Social Worker, as they will be able to help you with applying for your personal student finance loan and support you throughout the process. You can also look at these documents for extra help:
The Propel website is a fantastic resource offering advice and information about how different institutions support care leavers. You can use it to find out about all year-round accommodation, bursaries and grants and key contacts.
Turn2Us has a grants search tool that allows you to search for grants in your local area, which may include those related to higher education.
The Scholarship Hub is a website that has a database that you can search for scholarships, when you register with them.
Support for Students with Disabilities
Universities and higher education colleges must make provision for students with disabilities, including long-term conditions and specific learning difficulties.
Every university or college has a disability adviser or learning support coordinator to help you get your most out of your time in higher education. They can tell you about the support available to help you access accommodation and your academic course.