The transition into higher education can be daunting for anyone, but being a care leaver can present its own set of challenges. Rest assured, there’s lots of support you can access here at Aston University to support your journey into university and beyond.

Support for Care Leavers

We're committed to providing support and advice throughout your university journey via the Student Advice Team at The Hub. We have a range of different ways to support you should you need it whilst studying with us. This could include finance, accommodation, and other support services. You might also be eligible for the Aston Support Scholarship or Moving On grant.

If you apply to Aston and indicate you have experience of being in care on your UCAS form, our team will contact you outlining the support that is available to you. When making your application to any university, we strongly recommend that you tick the box on your UCAS application. This will help identify you to the relevant staff who will then send you information about the support they can offer.

Contact Us

If you have any pre-entry enquiries, please email careleavers or outreach. You can also call the team on 0121 204 4007.

Useful Resources

UCAS Undergraduate Support for Care Leavers

If you are in care, or have experience of being in care in the past, there's lots of support available in higher education to help you with finance, accommodation, and settling in.


Supporting People who are estranged from their family or key family member.

National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL)

Higher Education Activities and Resources for Care Leavers, Children in Care and Those Who Support Them.


Fully searchable website providing care leavers with information on the support available to them from colleges and universities offering higher education courses across the UK.

The Rees Foundation

A lifelong support network that offers help and advice to care experienced individuals about any concerns. Rees run numerous projects to encourage personal development and soft skills, financial support within higher education, and career support. Students can also apply for a free Rees café card to use in West Midlands based cafes e.g. Evolve Birmingham, YMCA West Brom, St Peter and Hub for Grub in Wolverhampton.

Care Leaver Local Offer

You can now search for support offered by individual local authorities at Care Leaver Local Offer.

Coram Voice

Coram Voice will help you get your voice heard, tell you about your rights, and give you support such as access to a social worker