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Is financial support available to care experienced students?

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If you are care experienced and a UK full-time undergraduate student then you could be eligible for the We Care bursary of £2,000 for every year you progress through your course with us.

This will be paid in four 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 experienced student is kept confidential so you apply directly through the We Care Team for this bursary. 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 bursary, you must be a full-time 'home' undergraduate student.

You must also have at least one of the following:

  • Have spent time in the care of the local authority (e.g. foster care or children’s home)
  • Have been privately fostered
  • Have been ‘looked after at home’ under a supervision order
  • Have been in kinship care (living with friends or relatives). Kinship care could be through a formal arrangement (e.g. prior to a Special Guardianship order) or had an informal arrangement, without local authority support. 

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

For full details about the We Care bursary and eligibility criteria, please refer to the We Care Bursary 2023/24 guidance notes (.pdf).

For further information or advice, please contact our Scholarships and Bursaries Team on 0191 515 2865 or by email at scholarships@sunderland.ac.uk.

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Published: 20 January 2023