University of Bath

Students with caring responsibilities

If you are a young adult carer or a student with young children you can find information here on additional support and financial assistance.

Young adult carers

You are classed as a young adult carer if you are a carer between the ages of 18 and 25 who looks after a relative or friend, of any age, due to:

  • disability
  • chronic or terminal illness
  • mental health problems
  • alcohol or drug addiction/dependency

If you are unsure if you qualify as a Young Adult Carer, please get in touch with the key contact below to discuss.

What funding support is available

The University of Bath offers eligible new UK undergraduate students a non-repayable bursary of £500 per academic year.

To apply for the Young Adult Carer's Bursary:

  1. Check you are eligible by reading the terms and conditions.
  2. Download and complete the Young Adult Carer's Bursary application form.

Return the form to:

Ben Goose, Student Retention and Success Adviser Student Services Centre 4 West University of Bath Claverton Down Bath BA2 7AY

Please contact us before or during your studies if you have any queries about the bursary and other support available from the University.

We recognise that there may be particular financial issues associated with being a young adult carer and would also encourage an application to the University Hardship Fund if you find that you are struggling with your finances.

Full-time students are generally not eligible for Carer’s Allowance from the government.

Key contact

Ben Goose Student Retention & Success Adviser, is your key contact within Student Services to help you with any queries you may have and, if necessary, direct you to the appropriate services. Ben 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.

Other resources

We recommend having a Carer’s assessment, provided free by your local council, to see what might make your life easier. They can also take in to consideration how your caring responsibilities change by studying at University and what alternative arrangements the cared for person requires. Contact adult social services at your local council for further information.

University and Young Adult Carers booklet

BANES Carers' Centre

KS2 Bath - a peer support group for carers of people with mental health difficulties

Carers Trust

NUS - Support for Carers

Students with children

If you are a full-time student with dependent children you may be able to claim additional funding.

What funding support is available

Student parents may be entitled to additional statutory funding. This could include the Childcare Grant and Parents' Learning Allowance. We would also encourage an application to the University Hardship Fund if you find that you are struggling with your finances.

Other resources

Student Parents

Bath SU Mature Students Group

Entitlement to benefits

Most students are not entitled to receive benefits unless you meet specific criteria. You may be able to claim certain benefits if you are a lone parent or if your partner is a student, or you have a disability.

You can also speak to Student Money Advice about possible benefit entitlement. If you do claim any benefits please make sure you inform Jobcentre Plus of any changes in your financial circumstances.