Local authority support
If you're a care leaver entering higher education on or after 1
September 2008, and you're starting a course before your 25th birthday, you may
be entitled to a non-taxable £2,000 bursary from your local authority.
In England, local authorities have a duty to pay the bursary if you're a
care leaver pursuing a course of higher education according to your pathway
plan. The study can be either full or part time.
You're entitled to this support if you're a care leaver up to the age of 21.
If you're over 21 but under 25 you could also be entitled, if on reaching the
age of 21, you're still being helped by your local authority with an agreed
programme of education or training.
This is not part of the student finance package provided by Student Finance
England and it's disregarded when calculating entitlement to student grants and
loans. Any care leaver bursaries available from universities are in addition
to local authority support.
To apply, you should contact your pathway planner at your local authority. Or
we can ask on your behalf. You should ask about the bursary and also whether
there is any additional support for care leavers from your local authority. If
you're eligible, make sure you have this agreed in writing as soon as possible.
We can help if you need support with this.
For more information on what each local authority provides to care leavers progressing to higher education take a look at our local authority support information and this flow chart from the National Care Leavers Association is useful to check whether you are eligible.