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Care Leavers

Starting university is a major transition and, whilst it can be an exciting time, it can also feel quite overwhelming, so please be aware that there are a range of services available to support you as you settle in.

The Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team, based within Student Life and Wellbeing, is a key point of contact for Care Leavers within the University.  The team offers advice on a range of issues and a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser can double-check that you are accessing all of the funding that you are entitled to and offer advice on student budgeting. We also advise on welfare and health matters and act as a referral point into other support services within the University.

Care Leaver’s Bursary and Access to Learning Fund

Northumbria University has a £2,000 Care Leaver’s Bursary for eligible 'home' students studying on a full-time undergraduate course.  You will need to apply for this.  Your Care Leaver Adviser will send you an application to complete in the Student Portal once you are enrolled at Northumbria. If you are eligible for the Care Leaver’s Bursary, your £2,000 award will be split into two equal payments across the academic year. To prevent a delay to this payment, please provide this evidence before the end of term 1.

For up-to-date eligibility criteria, please refer to the University’s main Undergraduate Funding page. If you have any queries, please contact a Welfare, Immigration and Funding Adviser.

In order to receive the Care Leaver’s Bursary, you will need to provide a letter from your Social Worker to confirm that you meet the criteria. 

You will receive an email regarding the Care Leaver Bursary application during term 1. Please ensure that your evidence is uploaded on to the application form in order that payment can be released as soon as possible. 

In addition, Care Leavers are able to apply for further financial support, if still in hardship.  You can do this by submitting an application, along with evidence, to the Access to Learning (Hardship) Fund, as they are considered a priority group by the University and are therefore, if eligible, more likely to receive a non-repayable award from the fund.

You can find out further information regarding the Hardship Fund from the Welfare, Immigration and Funding Team, who will assess your financial situation.

Northumbria University also offers Care Leavers university accommodation on a 52 week basis at the same cost for the normal letting period for that residence. Please note that this only applies to university owned accommodation. This will not apply to privately provided accommodation or any of our nominated accommodation outlets.

You can also contact us or enquire through your Student Portal if you have any queries - please note that access to the Student Portal is limited until you are enrolled at Northumbria.


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