Care Leaver Bursaries

A range of support is available to assist students who have experienced Local Authority Care for a period of at least 3 months during the 10 years prior to entering Newcastle University.

If you're a care leaver you may be eligible to receive the Care Leaver Bursary. You'll only receive the bursary if you meet the eligibility criteria below and you do not receive an Opportunity Scholarship - you can't receive both awards. If you've applied for income assessed student finance we'll automatically assess you for the Opportunity Scholarship before considering you for the Care Leavers Bursary.


£2,000 per year of study

Eligiblity Criteria

To eligible for the bursary you must:

  • register as a student of Newcastle University for the academic year in which we consider you for the bursary;
  • be a full-time undergraduate student;
  • not be in receipt of an Opportunity Scholarship;
  • have been in care, or under a Care Order, for at least three months during the 10 years before starting your course;
  • not have been living independently for longer than five years prior to starting university;
  • have applied for the maximum statutory funding from the Student Loans Company unless supported by other public funds for these costs (e.g. fees);
  • have a household income of £42,600 or less as assessed by Student Finance England (or equivalent);
  • include in your application a copy of all pages of your funding entitlement letter from Student Finance England (or equivalent) for the year in which you apply for the bursary;

The University base these criteria on their experience and on consultation with colleagues in other universities and Local Authority Leaving Care Teams.


If you have not already been sent a copy of the application form you can print a copy here (PDF: 200KB).


For more information contact the University's care leaver contact :

Anna Jenner
Student Recruitment Manager
Marketing and Communications Directorate Newcastle University
King's Gate
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Telephone: 0191 208 8855