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UNITE Foundation Scholarship 2022-23

Full cost of en-suite accommodation at a Unite property for a maximum of three years. 

What is the UNITE Foundation Scholarship?

The UNITE Foundation Scholarship scheme offers students the full cost of an en-suite single room at a Unite residence (depending on availability) for a maximum of three years. Accommodation will be covered for a full 52 weeks each year.   

King’s will be offering Unite Scholarships to those successfully applying for entry in September 2022 as well as to existing King's students who will be continuing on their current course in 2022-23.

Applications are open to Home fee status students who meet the eligibility criteria listed below.

These scholarships are intended to support access to higher education for students who have previously been in Local Authority care, or residing in a Foyer or similar residential provision for young homeless adults, and also to students who are formally estranged from their families. 

Am I eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • have ‘firmly’ accepted an offer of a place at King’s on an eligible programme, or be continuing on your existing programme in 2022-23;
  • you should be undertaking your first full-time undergraduate degree;
  • you are NOT an end-on student continuing from a foundation degree or HND to an honours degree;
  • you are NOT repeating a year;
  • you should be a home status undergraduate, aged 25 or under and starting or continuing in September 2022;
  • you have an assessed household income of £25,000 per annum or less each year;
  • you have applied for and taken up your maximum entitlement to UK government help each year with tuition fees and loans/grants for living costs support;
  • you have given Student Finance England ‘consent to share’ your financial information with the College;
  • you have been formally assessed as a Care Leaver, OR be formally estranged from your family. Please refer to page 3 of the Unite Foundation guidance document for definitions of Care Leaver and Estranged.

What accommodation is being offered?

The Unite Foundation Scholarship scheme offers students the full cost of accommodation at Moonraker Point, Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BU.  Alternative Unite properties are also available. 

Successful applicants will be offered a single study en suite bedroom in a shared flat with a communal kitchen. The flats will be shared with a mixture of other King’s students. Your accommodation costs for this room will be fully covered for all 52 weeks of the year, up to a maximum of 3 years, subject to continuing eligibility. 

What conditions are attached to the scholarship scheme?

Whilst receiving this accommodation scholarship, you will be required to sign the normal rental agreement operating for that property in each financial year, and you will be bound by this agreement in the normal way. You will not require a guarantor. If you choose not to take up the offer of free Unite accommodation in the 2nd or 3rd eligible year, no alternative or equivalent accommodation benefit will be offered.   

In certain circumstances, you may be permitted to opt out of the scholarship scheme for an academic year, to return to it in the subsequent year. Permissible conditions may include an approved placement or study abroad year, or personal circumstances which may warrant a temporary break in study. However, any permitted break cannot exceed one year. 

You must successfully progress to the next academic year of your course; repeat years cannot be included in your accommodation provision. The College will use its discretion regarding the timescale for your vacating your accommodation. 

You must continue to meet the student finance loan, grant and household income eligibility criteria listed in the section above. 

In accepting the scholarship, you agree to make available to the donor (Unite) or their representative: 

  • your photograph;
  • your first name or a specified alias;
  • a short 100-150 word profile of yourself

How do I apply?

You are required to complete this online form and upload supporting documentation before the deadline. 

Please read the applicant information & guidance document for 2022/23 and request documentation as early as possible. 

Contact the Student Funding Office at King's to confirm you are submitting an application, by emailing funding@kcl.ac.uk.

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 31 May 2022.

How can King’s support me?

In addition to the Unite scholarship, King’s offers a range of support for Care-experienced and Estranged students pre-entry and on course. For more information, please visit our webpages: 

Offer Holders applying for the scholarship should notify the Widening Participation department at priority-groups@kcl.ac.uk.  

Current King’s Students applying for the scholarship should notify the Faculty Wellbeing and Welfare Team at studentwellbeingandwelfare@kcl.ac.uk.  

Disclaimer

The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2022-23 academic year.

 


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