Care leavers/estranged students bursary

This award offers a non-repayable bursary of £1000 per year to undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who have left the care of their local authority or are irreconcilably estranged from their families and meet the relevant eligibility criteria. In addition to the annual bursary, recipients receive an award of £500 upon graduation.

This bursary will be awarded in addition to any other financial support or awards that students are entitled to from the University or your Local Authority.

Eligibility

A bursary of £1,000 a year and £500 on graduation is available for all undergraduate and postgraduate taught students who:

  • Commence their undergraduate or postgraduate taught master’s degree at Keele in September 2018 
  • Are classed as a ‘home’ student for fee status purposes. 
  • Are under the age of 25 at the start of their course at Keele.

AND

  • Have spent at least 13 weeks in care (e.g. foster care or children’s home) since the age of 14 and were in care on their 16th birthday

OR

  • Were privately fostered until the age of 16 or were 'looked after' until they were subject to a Special Guardianship Order.

OR

  • Have been assessed as independent by Student Finance England or other local authority, because they are estranged from their parents or guardian. Postgraduate students must provide evidence from a professional person who can confirm their estrangement.

Exceptions

Students studying on a part time basis or a professional postgraduate course are eligible for a pro-rata award

In order to be eligible at postgraduate level you must be studying a miniumum of a Master's qualification; modular courses and the Postgraduate Certificate/Postgraduate Diploma are not eligible.

How to Apply

In order to access the bursary students will need to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria.

For care leavers this may be from a key worker or social worker from the local authority or other professional person who can confirm their care leaver status.

Estranged students will need to provide evidence from a professional person that they are irreconcilably estranged from their parent or guardian and evidence that they have been assessed as independent from Student Finance.

Estranged students will need to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility criteria at the beginning of each year of study in order to receive the bursary.

Estranged students will need to meet with the dedicated contact each year they are eligible for the bursary to confirm that they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. Further evidence may be requested if required.

Evidence can be sent to the dedicated contact in Student Services at the following address:

Kate Mayer
Student Services Centre, Tawney Building,
Keele University,
Keele,
ST5 5BG

OR email to student.services@keele.ac.uk

Other funding and support opportunities

If you are eligible for this scholarship you may also qualify for the Keele Bursary of £1000 per year. That’s an additional £1000 on top of the Care leaver/Estranged student bursary available to undergraduate students.

If you receive at least AAA (or equivalent) at A Level you may also be eligible for up to £1,000 in your first year of study via the Keele Excellence Scholarship for undergraduate students.

For more information about support available for care leavers and estranged students at Keele please visit our Student Support pages.