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Care Experienced Students’ Grant

At the University of Bradford, we are fully committed to supporting students who have previously been in care. Care experienced students (including care leavers) studying at the University of Bradford are eligible to receive a grant of £1,000 for each year of study.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for the grant if you have previously been in the care of a local authority as a child – this can be for any period of time. You must be classed as a Home student and have a household income of less than £30,000 per year. You must also be fully enrolled at the University and be attending your course during the 19/20 academic year. The grant is open to students at all levels of study, including Foundation years, Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Degree Apprenticeships.

For part-time students, you will receive the same equivalent grant amount as a full-time student, but payments each year will be based on your course intensity. For example, if you study a 3 year full-time course over 6 years (50% intensity), we will pay you a £500 grant per year.

How do I apply?

You will need to complete the application from in full and provide evidence that you were in care from your local authority. You will also need to provide evidence of your household income. The application form will tell you what evidence you need to provide.

You can email your application and your evidence to careexperienced@bradford.ac.uk. Digital scans and photos of evidence are accepted.

We cannot unfortunately process your application if you do not send us all the required evidence.

Care Experienced Students' Grant Application Form

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to re-apply every year?

No. You only need to apply once. We will keep your details on our system and we will contact you in May each year to re-confirm your household income and confirm your bank details for payment.

If you are applying for the grant for the first time and you are not in your first year, we can only pay you your grant for this academic year. We cannot pay you for any previous academic years before 2019/20.

What supporting evidence do I need to provide?

We need to see evidence from your local authority that you were in care – this should be in the form of a letter from your Social Worker or Social Services, addressed to the University of Bradford. We will also need to see evidence that your household income is less than £30,000 per year.

What happens if I don’t provide all the requested evidence?

Then we will not be able to process your application. Make sure you check you have submitted the correct documents, as otherwise your application will be delayed.

How will I know if I am successful?

We will send an email to your student email address to make you aware of our decision.

When will I be paid?

You will be paid the grant annually at the end of May for each academic year.

Why is the grant paid at the end of May?

Feedback from current care experienced students has told us that they find the summer holidays to be the best time to receive the grant, as they do not receive any Student Finance over this period. However depending on your circumstances, we can consider an alternative individualised plan to meet your needs, on a case-by-case basis. Please email careexperienced@bradford.ac.uk for more information.

I need additional financial support…

As a care experienced student, you have access to a dedicated Money Adviser, to help you with your finances and funding throughout your time at Bradford.

You may be eligible for additional financial help from the University’s Student Support Fund (SSF) which can award grants of up to £2,000 a year, depending on your circumstances. Care experienced students have priority access to the SSF and can access support all year round.

Please email careexperienced@bradford.ac.uk to see what additional support might be available.