Support for care leavers

We contact all young people from care under the age of 25 offered a place at Aston with information outlining the support which is available. We are able to identify if you have been in care by using information you have provided to UCAS.

Support during study

The Student Funds Administrator in the Hub may be able to offer you help if you are experiencing difficulties with your finances or are considering leaving Higher Education because you are finding it difficult to budget your day-to-day living costs.

Coming to university should be an enjoyable experience and we are here to ensure that limited finance is not a barrier to your participation and the successful completion of your degree.

Please contact Patrick Coughlan in the Hub for further information by either emailing: p.j.coughlan@aston.ac.uk or by telephoning him direct at: 0121 204 4740.

Student Finance England

The  factsheet here outlines the Student Finance England entitlements young people from care should receive. You will also find useful information about the repayment amounts when you finish your studies.


When applying to university via UCAS for entry onto a degree you now have the opportunity to indicate that you have been in care. If you were in care and meet basic eligibility you will receive a scholarship of £4,000 over the 4 years of your degree programme, this reduces to £3,000 if you are not taking the placement year.

These scholarships are available to home (UK) students who are receiving financial support from Student Finance England and whose household income is up to and including £25,000 per year (2014 entry).

Finance assistance

Care Leavers are a priority for financial assistance via the Access to Learning Fund and you should submit a completed application form as soon as possible following enrollment. We may also be able to assist you over the summer vacation period when you are not attending lectures.

Higher Education Bursary

Young people from care who are entering university from September 2009 and onward will be entitled to apply for a one-off £2,000 Care Leavers Bursary from their Local Authority. This Bursary can be accessed via your social worker/personal adviser.

If you live in Birmingham the contact details are:

18+ Service
PO Box 16378
Birmingham B2 2AH
Tel: 0121 464 1229

The Care Leavers Foundation - Grants scheme

The Care Leavers Foundation offer small grants to care leavers aged up to 29.

Apply for scheme

Checked & Updated 22/01/2015 PJC



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