Leaving care and entering higher education can be a challenge. We’re here to support you all the way, from applying through to graduation and finding a job.

Helping care leavers to apply

Here are just some of the ways we can help.

  • Application: we offer support for your UCAS application, including personal statements. We can also help you improve your interview skills.
  • Finance: we can get support from other organisations, such as securing benefits available to you.
  • Attend events: we help you attend our Care Leaver Summer School and subject-specific taster days. We can also help with the cost of attending an Open Day and/or interview if you're from Kent, Medway or Greater London.
  • Answer your questions: we can answer your questions about the transition from school or college into higher education.

On-course support for care leavers

Once you become a student, how do we support you?

  • Attend events: we help you to attend our Care Leaver Summer School and subject-specific taster days.
  • Bursaries: we offer a Care Leaver Bursary (subject to terms).
  • Mentor: your undergraduate mentor provides confidential support and guidance and answers your questions.
  • Support from our Care Leaver Coordinator helps you to succeed in your studies.
  • Year-round accommodation: you are welcome to stay over university holidays. While some accommodation is used for events during the summer, you'll be able to live somewhere that isn't used or move to different accommodation.

According to The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, a care leaver is someone who has been in the care of the local authority for at least 13 weeks since the age of 16.

Financial support

What sources of financial support are available for care leavers?

Local authority bursary and support

A local authority bursary of £2,000 is available for all eligible care leavers entering higher education. Your local authority may pay this in a lump sum or in instalments.

Local authorities must also support you with accommodation and other costs related to entering higher education. You can discuss with your local authority what they offer alongside the bursary.

Undergraduate loans

Full-time undergraduate students can apply to Student Finance for a tuition fee loan and a maintenance loan for general living costs. You will be required to provide a letter from your local authority to confirm your care leaver status in order to qualify for the maximum maintenance loan.

Care Leaver Bursary

The University of Greenwich provides young care leavers with a bursary of £1,500 a year for up to three or four years (depending on the length of your course) plus £200 towards the cost of graduation. This bursary is not means-tested, but you must be in receipt of full student support. See eligibility criteria.

You may also be entitled to a number of additional awards.

The Greenwich Bursary

This bursary is worth £700 for new undergraduate students with a low household income and is paid in two instalments. The bursary is assessed and awarded automatically by the Student Fees and Funding Team.

More about eligibility and how the fund is paid.

Care Leaver Covenant

The University of Greenwich has signed up to the Department for Education's Care Leaver Covenant. We have committed to a range of support measures to enhance the recruitment, retention, success and progression of care leavers who study with us. See our covenant.

A range of organisations have committed to supporting care leavers with their own covenant. View a full list.