Students from Care

Advice, information and support for students from a care background.

Students from care

If you're a student with caring responsibilities please visit the page below.

Before you arrive

If you're a prospective student from a care background, we can help you research your higher education options and negotiate the UCAS application process.

For advice on coming to University, please contact:

University support

We can offer you dedicated support where:

  • you've been looked after by someone other than their parents
  • you were previously considered to be care leavers by their local authority

As part of our student community, you can receive:

  • a care leavers’ non-repayable bursary
  • help accessing financial assistance and support
  • a guaranteed place in University accommodation
  • a dedicated Care Leaver contact who can offer tailored, individual and sustained support throughout your studies

For more information on the support available to you, please contact:

  • Tel: 0114 222 1378
  • Email:

Financial support

As a care leaver, you may be eligible to apply for a range of financial schemes to assist you during your studies.

The pages below outline the financial options available to you.

For information, assistance or support please contact our Central Welfare and Guidance team.


Care leaver

This includes individuals who are under 25 years old and have been looked after by a local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14; and who were looked after by the local authority at school-leaving age or after that date.

Background in care

This includes individuals who have been in the care of a local authority for at least 13 weeks, whether away from home or in the home.

Looked after and/or in the care of a local authority

This includes individuals who are in foster care, local authority accommodation, under a care order at home or under kinship care.

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