Accommodation Scholarships for Estranged Students

This page outlines the accommodation scholarships available to estranged students and how to apply.

Unite Foundation Accommodation Scholarship

We are working with the Unite Foundation to offer free Unite Students accommodation for up to three years of study to students from care or estranged backgrounds.

The scholarship also provides other opportunities through the foundations’ sponsors, such as work placement opportunities, mentoring, and other activities that can help you make the most of your University experience.

Eligibility

To be considered for the scholarship you must be:

  • a home/UK student
  • under 25 on the first day of your course
  • permanently estranged from your parent(s)/guardian(s)*
  • a new student starting your undergraduate course in September 2019 or a continuing undergraduate student

How to Apply

1. Download and complete the application form from the Unite Foundation website or via the PDF below.

Unite Foundation application form (PDF, 288kb)

2. Provide evidence to confirm your estrangement (e.g. supporting letter on headed paper stating you have been assessed as an independent student from a professional/third party such as your student finance/award officer). Please contact the Financial Support Team if you experience difficulty sourcing this evidence.

3. Send your completed application and supporting evidence to the Financial Support Team before 31 May 2019.

4. Your application will then be verified by the University and forwarded to the Unite Foundation, who will make the final decision. By submitting your application to the Financial Support Team you are agreeing that you're happy for us to forward your application and supporting evidence to the Unite Foundation.

5. You will be notified of the outcome before 5 July 2019.

If your eligible application is unsuccessful initially, you will be put on the reserve list and may be offered a scholarship following the adjustment and clearing process.

Selection Process

The Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme is not able to provide awards for every eligible person and applies scheme priorities to decide how awards are allocated each year. These priorities are to:

  • maintain a balance of scholarship students at partner universities
  • maintain a balance of benefit between estranged and care leaver students
  • reflect a range of academic ability, course choice and protected characteristics under the Equality Act

For further information and guidance on eligibility and how to apply, please refer to the PDF below or visit the Unite Foundation website.


The University of Sheffield Accommodation Scholarship with Catalyst

The University is offering 1 accommodation scholarship, through our relationship with Catalyst, for new students in 2019 who are estranged.

The successful applicant will receive a 51 week standard contract for a single en-suite room in University accommodation.

Eligibility

To be considered for the bursary, you must be:

  • a home/UK student
  • a new student with home/UK status
  • under 25 on the first day of your course
  • permanently estranged from your parent(s)/guardian(s)*

How to Apply

1. Complete and submit the online application form.

Application form

2. You must provide evidence to confirm your estrangement (e.g. a supporting letter on headed paper stating you have been assessed as an independent student from a professional/third party such as your former head teacher/external agency). Please contact the Financial Support Team if you experience difficulty sourcing this evidence.

3. Attach any evidence to your application form or send it to the Financial Support Team before 30 June 2019.

4. Your application will be considered by senior professional services staff and assessed on whether you have:

  • provided a clear rationale for applying for an undergraduate course at the University of Sheffield
  • clearly identified how the scholarship will be beneficial to your student experience

5. You will be notified of the outcome before 31 July 2019.


Definition

Estranged

Estrangement is a term to describe a student who has no relationship with, or support from, their parents. To be considered as an estranged student this situation must be permanent, and you must have had no contact with your parents for at least a year.

Additional information

  • Awards are available to UK students with a 'Home' fee status only.
  • If you are a continuing student and are in receipt of the Enhanced Bursary for estranged students, you do not need to provide further evidence to support your circumstances.
  • Awards are conditional on you being accepted and fully registered on your specified course at the University of Sheffield during academic year 2019-20 and meeting the eligibility criteria for the scholarship.
  • In order to apply for either of these awards, you must provide the required evidence in order to confirm your status as an estranged student. Further information about the type of evidence required can be found on our Enhanced Bursary web page.
  • If you are successful in applying for either of these awards you may be allocated a different room to the ones you have applied for. We will contact you to discuss this following notification that your application was successful.