All young people from care who are under the age of 25 and offered a place at Aston University are contacted with information outlining the support that is available. If we haven't been in contact with you please email the Student Funds Administrator. We are able to identify that you have been in care by using information you have provided to UCAS in your university application. The University is committed to providing support and advice before you come to University in our outreach work with schools and colleges and during your time here.
Pre-entry advice and assistance
Our website GetAhead@Aston is a great source of information and advice. This ranges from academic support you can access at Aston to what it is like attending lectures. You can also listen to Podcasts detailing the experiences of some of our students. Perhaps you would like to visit the University on one of our Open Days to get a real feel of what Aston University can offer.
Support during study
Whilst you are at Aston University studying you may find that you need extra financial support to cover your essential living costs. The Student Funds Administrator in the Hub Advice Zone may be able to offer you help with these costs via the Aston Support Fund. We consider applications from care leavers and students who have lived/do live in temporary accommodation sensitively and will provide assistance in a variety of ways should you need it.
Coming to university should be a rewarding experience and we are here to ensure that financial difficulties do not stop you from successfully completing your degree. Please contact the Funds Administrator Patrick Coughlan in the Hub for further information or Telephone the Hub to make an appointment: 0121 204 4007
Aston Students' Union
Whilst studying you should make time to relax and have fun with people who share similar interests as you do. Aston Students' Union provides many opportunities for this through their student clubs and societies including the Aston LGBT+, Aston Fitness Club and Aston Live Music Society to name just a few. The Union also provide many other support networks and sources of advice and is run by students for students.
Student Finance England (SFE)
This factsheet outlines the SFE financial entitlements young people from care will receive. This repayment calculator indicates what to expect when you graduate and start working.
If you would like help and assistance with your application to Student Finance England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland please telephone the Hub Advice Zone on: 0121 204 4007 to make a confidential appointment with one of our Student Advisers.
When applying to university via UCAS for entry onto a degree you have the opportunity to indicate that you have been in care. If you were in care for any period combination of 13 weeks between the ages of 14 and 16 you will receive an Aspire Scholarship of £3,000. This is awarded as a deduction from the tuition fees over the 4 years of your degree programme. This reduces to £2,000 as a deduction from the tuition fees if you are not taking the placement year and your degree is 3 years in length. We will also consider you fairly for the Aston Excellence Scholarship which is based on your academic achievements.
Support from your Local Authority
You are entitled to a one-off £2,000 Higher Education Bursary from your Local Authority during your first year of study in higher education. This Bursary can be accessed via your Personal Adviser. You may also be able to access a range of other practical support from your adviser and you should keep in touch with them throughout your studies.
If you live in Birmingham the contact details are:
PO Box 16378
Birmingham B2 2AH
Tel: 0121 464 1229
Or search in the Local Authority Directory.
Useful external links
Checked & Updated PJC 12/08/2015