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Additional support and funding for Care Leavers, Foyer residents and Estranged students

If you are leaving care, a Foyer resident, or estranged from your parents, we can provide additional support and financial assistance to help you at University.

Applying to Bath

If you have lived in care, organised via Social Services/your Local Authority, you should answer yes to the relevant question on your UCAS application. This is so that we can contact you as early as possible about the support available at Bath. The Admissions Progression Team can help with any queries about applying to Bath, you can get in touch via careleavers@bath.ac.uk. They will consider your time in care status as part of their contextual admissions process. If you feel that your circumstances have had an impact on your academic performance, then you may want to submit a mitigating circumstances form for them to consider alongside your UCAS application. Provided that you have answered ‘yes’ to the UCAS question, you do not necessarily need to mention that you are a care leaver in your personal statement.

Estranged students are young people studying without the support of a family network, due to a breakdown in those relationships. Individuals in this position often have no contact at all with their family, or sporadic and conflictual contact. Key causes of a breakdown of family relationships could include (but are not limited to): emotional or physical abuse, mismatched expectations about family roles and relationships, or a clash of personality or values. Currently there is not a question on the UCAS application relating to this, however we encourage all applicants in this situation to get in touch with Admissions via the above email address so they can provide advice about applying to Bath. Please also contact Ben and Joanna via studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk for information on additional support and funding advice.

Stand Alone has worked with UCAS to produce guidance for estranged students on how to write their personal statement.

Bursaries for care leavers, Foyer residents & estranged students

The University of Bath offers eligible undergraduate students a non-repayable bursary of £1,000 per academic year plus £1,000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1,000 on graduation – a maximum of £7,000 over a 5-year programme including placement.

To apply for the Care Leaver/Foyer or Estranged Student Bursary:

  1. Check you are eligible by reading the terms and conditions here: Care Leaver/Foyer and Estranged Student.

  2. Complete the Student Services online bursary application form.

If you are not sure if you meet the criteria for these bursaries please contact us via studentsuccess@bath.ac.uk so we can discuss your situation. We want to ensure you receive all possible funding while at Bath.

Key contact

Ben Goose, Student Retention Team Leader, and Joanna Newman are your key contacts within Student Services to help you with any queries you may have and, if necessary, direct you to the appropriate services. Ben and Joanna will be able to provide advice and guidance before you arrive and during your studies, and ensure you are accessing all possible support at the University.

Accommodation

If you are a Care Leaver, former Foyer resident, or estranged student, you are entitled to live in University student accommodation for 365 days a year for the duration of your course. This includes the summer vacations.

You can find out more about arranging this by visiting the West Accommodation centre on campus, or emailing accommodation@bath.ac.uk

Government funding

You should be classed as having independent status and therefore be able to claim the maximum funding from Student Finance, if you think this applies to you please arrange to meet a member of Student Money Advice. You can also be classed as an independent student if you have been self-supporting for three years prior to the start of the course and can evidence this.

Find out more about government funding from:

Other University funding

You may be entitled to support via the Undergraduate Bursary scheme or one of the University's Scholarships. There are eligibility criteria you need to meet, please check our bursaries and fees waivers pages for more information. If you encounter financial difficulties whilst at University you can also apply to the University of Bath Hardship Fund.

Further information for care leavers

Local Authority funding

If you started your university course after September 2008 then your Local Authority is required to pay you a Higher Education Bursary worth £2,000. Please contact your Local Authority Leaving Care Services in order to find out more about the funding they have available for you. If you need assistance doing this please contact Student Money Advice.

The Eagle House Education Trust offers financial help for students who have lived in care in Somerset.

Anyone who is a Curo resident is eligible to apply for the £9,000 Curo University Scholarship. You must apply directly to Curo, further information is available on their website.

University and Leaving Care booklet

Further information for estranged students

UCAS have a hub of resources on their website with information on the process of getting financial assistance, finding suitable accommodation, and understanding the type of support you may be able to access to succeed at university

Buttle UK Support for Young People provide individual grants of up to £2,000 for estranged young people between the ages of 16 and 20. By estranged young people they mean those who are living independently and have no support from their parents, guardians or carers. This package of support will particularly focus on three key areas of need:

  • support in accessing education, employment & training
  • safe and comfortable accommodation
  • maintaining positive emotional and physical wellbeing

The University of Bath demonstrated its ongoing support for estranged students by signing the Stand Alone Pledge in April 2018. Stand Alone is a national charity supporting adults that are estranged and provides additional resources and guidance for students at University.

University and Estranged Students booklet

Find out more about life at Bath from some of our Estranged students.