UCL Scholarships and funding


Care Leaver Bursary

The aim of the Care Leaver Bursary is to enable and encourage students who live in or have lived in care to pursue their undergraduate studies at UCL.

Key information

Value: £1,000 (per year)
Available to: Prospective and current students
Eligible fee status: UK
Eligible programmes: All full-time undergraduate programmes 
Additional eligibility criteria: be aged under 25 on the day your course starts and have previously been in the care of their local authority
Deadline: Friday, 3 July 2020 (if applying through UGFA)


Eligible candidates must:

  • hold UK fee status;
  • be aged under 25 on the day your course starts and have been in the care of, or been given accommodation by, their local authority (LA) for a period of at least 13 weeks before the age of 16, and
  • hasn't reconciled with their parents between leaving care and starting their course;
  • hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time undergraduate degree for the 2020/21 intake (commencing in September 2020); or
  • currently studying a full-time undergraduate degree at UCL.

Value, benefits, and duration

The award will be £1,000 per year for the duration of the programme and is subject to satisfactory academic progress. The bursary is awarded to cover maintenance costs.

Awardees can request for an advance payment of £100 to help with transition costs.


Students are required to apply for their full student support entitlement and will be asked to provide evidence that they meet the eligibility requirements.

Students might be identified by the UCL Widening Participation and Student Funding Office on the basis of their application through UCAS.

Students cannot be considered for the Estranged Student Bursary if they are eligible for the Care Leaver Bursary. 

Current students still wishing to be considered for the Care Leaver Bursary for 2019/20, please contact Student Funding Office.

How to apply

The Care Leaver Bursary is one of the schemes that make up the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards (UGFA).

To be considered for a Care Leaver Bursary, please follow the procedure on the UGFA webpage.


The UGFAs will be awarded by recommendation by a panel composed of UCL staff. The successful candidates will be notified as soon as decisions are made by mid-September. If you have not heard from us by Friday 18 September 2020, you may assume your application was unsuccessful.