Is financial support available to care leavers?

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If you are a looked after young person or care leaver under 25 and a UK full-time undergraduate student then you could be eligible for the Care Leavers' Scholarship of £1,500 for every year you progress through your course with us.

This will be paid in three instalments of £500 throughout the year, for each year you study with us (based on progression to the next level of study).

Your status as a care leaver is kept confidential so you apply directly through the Looked After Young People and Care Leavers Team for this scholarship. It is not part of the online application form. We will send you details of how to apply nearer the start of term, but you can apply at any point in the year, so get in touch with us to find out more.

Who's eligible?

To apply for this scholarship, you must be a full-time 'home' undergraduate student.

You must also have at least one of the following:

  • Have 'former relevant care leaver status' according to the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000. This status applies to people under the age of 25 who were 'looked after' by the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14 and ending after the age of 16
  • Have been privately fostered up to the age of 16
  • Have been the subject of a 'special guardianship order' and were 'looked after' immediately prior to the making of the order

Students applying for some foundation degrees at partner colleges can also apply for this scholarship. Please see the guidance notes below for more information.

For full details about our scholarships and eligibility criteria, please refer to our We Care Scholarship Guidance Notes (.pdf)

For further information or advice, please contact the Scholarships Team on 0191 515 2865 or by email