Care Leavers Bursary

Loughborough welcomes students who are leaving care to study at the University.

We believe anyone with the potential to study at university should have the opportunity to do so, and we provide a range of support for care leavers as a result. This includes the Care Leavers’ Bursary.

For the purposes of the Care Leavers’ Bursary, a Care Leaver is defined as a young person (who does not meet the definition of a Mature student) who has been in care 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.

The Care Leavers’ Bursary is not means-tested and therefore once a student has been assessed as eligible, they will not need to re—apply in future years.

To apply for this bursary, students should complete an application form which will be available on this webpage at the beginning of the Autumn term. Students should complete the form by the last day of the summer term of the 2021/22 academic year to be considered for the Care Leavers’ Bursary. Full terms and conditions can be found here. For help with the application form, please contact Careleavers@lboro.ac.uk.

In addition to the Care Leavers’ Bursary, care leavers are usually considered as independent students for the purpose of student finance and are often therefore eligible for the highest levels of financial support. Further information about undergraduate student funding can be found on the Student Advice and Support Service webpages.

In addition, students may also be eligible for financial support through their local authority so should explore this directly. There is also a wealth of information on the Become charity website.

Care Leavers Bursary (2021)

The table below details the financial support available to full-time undergraduate care leavers starting in 2021.

Care leavers
£2,700 bursary / £3,000 tuition fee waiver across each year of a standard 3-year degree course (plus additional for foundation excluding Art & Design / extended Master's courses + £500 placement year start up grant)