UCL Scholarships and funding


Estranged Student Bursary

The aim of the Estranged Student Bursary is to enable and encourage UK students who meet the definition of estrangement from their family 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 and have been classified as an independent student on the grounds of estrangement


Eligible candidates must:

  • be domiciled in the UK with Home fee status;
  • be aged under 25 and have been classified as an independent student on the grounds of estrangement by Student Finance;
  • hold an offer of admission to UCL to study a full-time undergraduate degree for the 2024/25 intake or be 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, subject to student remaining under the age of 25. 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 prove their status as an independent student based on estrangement for the purposes of Student Finance

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

How to apply

You do not have to complete a separate application for the UCL Estranged Student Bursary.

Once you have applied to study an undergraduate course at UCL, you should make an application for student finance with your Regional Funding Authority* - for further information please visit the Government website.

You should then fill out a Confirmation Of Estrangement Form for the academic year.

Student Finance will then assess you and you will be granted the status of Independent for reasons of Estrangement. 

UCL will then receive your status confirmation from your Regional Funding Authority*, and you will be automatically assessed for the bursary.

*Regional Funding Authorities


We will then contact you by October of your academic year, with confirmation of the bursary payment.


There is no deadline for the Estranged Student Bursary. If you are applying for student finance after your academic year has already started, and think you are eligible for the Bursary, please contact us on studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk to let us know.

Additionally, if your estrangement occurs within the academic year, please contact us and we will see what support we can offer for you.