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Loughborough University

Student Advice and Support Service

Finance

Care Experienced, Carers and Estranged Students

Some students don’t receive as much financial, practical and emotional support from family as others do. Students who fall into certain categories may be eligible for additional support.

Care Experienced Students

Care experienced students are defined differently by Local Authorities, Student Finance and the University.

Depending upon your individual circumstance you may be eligible for financial support from your home local authority. Speak to your local authority about this. There is also a wealth of information on the Become charity website. 

There is a special package of support for care experienced students available from Loughborough University including the Care Leavers Bursary. 

Please note: Only students enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme (including Foundation Studies) can be eligible for the Care Leavers Bursary. This does not include the Art & Design Foundation programme or students on postgraduate courses.

To apply for this bursary you will need to complete the application below by clicking the link. 

Care Leaver Bursary Application

Care leavers Bursary 2019-20

You only need to complete the application once to establish entitlement for the whole of your course (note that the Bursary is not paid during a placement year). If you need help with the application form please contact Careleavers@lboro.ac.uk.

You will have been asked to declare your care leaver status on your UCAS form and student finance application. If you didn’t declare at this stage, you may still be eligible for support if you let the University know that you have experience of care.

For the purposes of the Care Leavers’ Bursary, a Care Leaver is defined as a young person who has been in care of the local authority and/or Health & Social Care Trust for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14. Care Leavers who have subsequently been adopted, or are the subject of a Special Guardianship Order, will not automatically be eligible for this enhanced financial award. Detailed eligibility information is set out in the Bursary Terms and Conditions

Financial assistance may be granted from the Hardship Fund Summer Scheme if students are living independently over the summer, possibly due to being a care leaver, estranged from their family, prevented from supporting themselves due to caring responsibilities or other family, personal or health difficulties which make it necessary to stay in Loughborough. It is expected that students will attempt to find paid work or other means of supporting themselves over the summer but should explain if they have reasonable grounds for not doing so.

If you need support as a care experienced student, you can contact careleavers@lboro.ac.uk. If you need support with money and housing related matters you can make an appointment with the Student Advice and Support Service.

Student Carers

Loughborough University Student Carer Statement of Intent:

  • Loughborough University defines Student Carers as anyone who cares for a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and could not cope without your support. This definition does not include student parents caring for their children. 
  • We value our diverse student body and are committed to providing opportunities and improving support for students from widening participation groups. We recognise that student carers are one of those groups and may require additional support across the four stages of the student lifecycle: Access, Continuation, Attainment and Progression.
  • We are committed to working with student carers to improve the support offered and to ensure they feel heard and can identify as part of the Loughborough University community. We will listen to student carer voices and provide opportunities for students and staff to share ideas and bring about positive change.

Accessing support as a student carer

You can access support as a student carer by completing the form below and providing details of your caring responsibilities and the impact you think they might have on your studies.

Click on the image below to request support as a student carer
   

Once you have submitted the student carer support form, a wellbeing adviser will contact you on your university email address to arrange an appointment. 

You may face additional expenses as a carer, for example if you have to travel home more frequently. The University Hardship Fund may be able to help with this. You can make an appointment with the Student Advice and Support Service if you would like help with the application.

Financial assistance may be granted from the Hardship Fund Summer Scheme if students are living independently over the summer, possibly due to being a care leaver, estranged from their family, prevented from supporting themselves due to caring responsibilities or other family, personal or health difficulties which make it necessary to stay in Loughborough. It is expected that students will attempt to find paid work or other means of supporting themselves over the summer but should explain if they have reasonable grounds for not doing so.

You can read more about support services available to Loughborough students who are carers here.

Estranged students

Students are defined as estranged when their relationship with their parents has irrevocably broken down.

Depending upon whether the estrangement has been disclosed, and whether sufficient evidence has been provided, you may be classed as “estranged” by Student Finance and be assessed for maintenance support as an independent student i.e. based upon your own income rather than your parents’.

If you are treated as an independent student by Student Finance, you will be more likely to receive the maximum funding including the Loughborough University Bursary.

Evidencing your estrangement can be complicated so please visit the Student Advice and Support Service for more help.

You can also visit Stand Alone for more information.

Financial assistance may be granted from the Hardship Fund Summer Scheme if students are living independently over the summer, possibly due to being a care leaver, estranged from their family, prevented from supporting themselves due to caring responsibilities or other family, personal or health difficulties which make it necessary to stay in Loughborough. It is expected that students will attempt to find paid work or other means of supporting themselves over the summer but should explain if they have reasonable grounds for not doing so.

Students lacking support for other reasons

Some students may not fall into the above categories but may lack support for a number of other reasons. You may not be a care leaver, young adult carer or estranged but nonetheless have difficult relationships with your parents.

This may be due to:

  • Family breakdown
  • Parental mental health issues
  • A mismatch in expectations and the student's life choices

Parents may in some circumstances have withdrawn their cooperation with Student Finance means-testing, leaving you with the minimum amount of funding. If you are in this situation, book an appointment with the Student Advice and Support Service. An Adviser can help you to understand your options and maximise your income.  

Financial assistance may be granted from the Hardship Fund Summer Scheme if students are living independently over the summer, possibly due to being a care leaver, estranged from their family, prevented from supporting themselves due to caring responsibilities or other family, personal or health difficulties which make it necessary to stay in Loughborough. It is expected that students will attempt to find paid work or other means of supporting themselves over the summer but should explain if they have reasonable grounds for not doing so.