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 students: UK domiciled with Home fee status
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


Eligible candidates must:

  • be domiciled in the UK with Home 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
  • not have 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 2023/24 intake or currently be 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 £200 to help with transition costs.


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

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

How to apply

The Care Leaver Bursary is one of the schemes that make up the Undergraduate Funding and Access Awards (UGFA) and students are encouraged to apply for the bursary through this route. Further information can be found on the UGFA webpage.

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

Currently enrolled students who wish to be considered for the Estranged Student Bursary, or prospective students who have missed the deadline for UGFA, should contact the Student Funding Office via AskUCL