The guidance below is intended to help you complete the verification for estranged students. It outlines what each section of the form is and details how you can obtain the required supporting documentation.
You can access the King's verification form for care-experienced and estranged students on our online form.
A reminder that on-course verification opens 4th September 2023 and closes 28th June 2024.
Section 1: Personal Details
In this section you will be asked:
- First Name
- Your King’s student ID number
- Your King’s email address
- Your preferred contact telephone number
- Name of your undergraduate course
- Name of your faculty
- Your age when you started your course at King’s
- What year of study you are in
- How many years of study you have remaining.
Section 2: Background
In this section you will be asked:
- Whether you are a care leaver, care-experienced or estranged.
- To provide supporting documentation of your estranged status, or for an explanation of why you are not able to provide this.
- Whether you have applied for student funding, and to upload your notification of entitlement award letter from Student Finance for the current academic year.
The information below should help you in answering these question:
In the form you will be asked if you are estranged. An estranged person is someone who no longer has the support of both their parents (often this involves having no verbal or written contact), due to a breakdown in their relationship which has led to ceased contact and is not set to change in the foreseeable future. This might mean your biological or, if you have been adopted, your adoptive parents – whoever has been responsible for supporting you in the past.
You must be under 25 at the start of your course at King’s and assessed as a home fee payer.
Obtaining the supporting documentation
It is really important that you obtain supporting documentation where possible that shows you are estranged. This helps to ensure we give support to the right people.
What supporting documentation you need to provide
If you are estranged, you will need to provide the letter or email sent to you from Student Finance’s independent team confirming that you have been assessed as an independent student because you are irreconcilably estranged from your parents.
Please note: We do not accept application letters to be assessed as irreconcilably estranged. We only accept the outcome of your estrangement status from the independent team at student finance. To see an example letter confirming estrangement status see our Student Finance England letter of entitlement (pdf).
How to be assessed as estranged
If you have not been assessed as estranged by Student Finance previously, please proceed with the following steps:
1) Check whether you meet our definition of estrangement on this webpage.
2) Check the external Student Finance / UCAS pages to check whether you meet the definition of independent based on estrangement.
3) If you are unsure, contact the King’s Advice team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consultation on whether you would meet the criteria to be assessed by Student Finance England as independent due to estrangement.
4) Complete the Confirmation of Estrangement Form 2023/24 (pdf) and send it to Student Finance.
The form will need to be completed by an independent person of good standing in the community who knows the details of your estrangement from your parent (s). This could be:
- Your university/college – lecturer, personal tutor, student, or welfare adviser
- Your support worker
- Your social worker
- A doctor
- A solicitor
If you need to be reassessed as estranged
If you need to be reassessed by Student Finance as estranged follow steps 1-3 above. Before submitting the form in step 4, contact Student Finance to explain your situation (information can be found on the Student Finance England contact webpage) and that you would like a reassessment due to estrangement from your family. If your situation does not quite meet the definition of estrangement or you are unable to provide the requested supporting documentation in the confirmation of estrangement form, ask to speak to the independent team at Student Finance directly.
If you have been assessed as estranged but are not in possession of the documentation
You will need to send an email to the estrangement team (email@example.com) at Student Finance explaining that you need this information to access additional support at your university. They will usually be able to provide you with this information via email within a couple of days. Please note: King's are unable to access this information on your behalf as they are not allowed to share your information with anyone else.
Difficulties in obtaining the supporting documentation?
When completing the King’s Verification Form for Care-experienced and Estranged Students, if you struggle to obtain the necessary supporting documentation, you can answer ‘no’ to the question, ‘Can you supply evidence that you are a care leaver, care-experienced or estranged.’
You should only answer no to this question after you have attempted to gather supporting documentation from Student Finance England.
You will then be asked to explain why you cannot provide the necessary supporting documentation. Please give as full an answer as possible, explaining the steps you have taken to obtain these documents.
If you are unsure, contact the King’s Advice team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consultation on whether you would meet the criteria to be assessed by Student Finance England as independent due to estrangement.
What if I am both estranged and care-experienced?
If you are both care-experienced and estranged, you can select either of these on the form as the support you receive will be the same. Selecting estranged may be easier for you if you have already been assessed as estranged by student finance. You can read about the supporting documentation you would need to provide to be verified as care-experienced on the support for King's care-experienced and care leavers webpage.
What is the Student Finance Notification of Entitlement Award Letter?
You will be asked to provide your Student Finance Notification of Entitlement award letter. This information is usually sent to you in the post. If you no longer have a copy of the document, you can access a copy of this letter on your online Student Finance account under the tab letter and emails. To see an example letter confirming estrangement status see our Student Finance England letter of entitlement (pdf).
Section 3: Data Sharing
In this section, you will be asked:
- If you agree to a data sharing agreement.
It is important that you read this in detail to ensure you understand how data will be shared across the university. If you do not agree, we will be unable to verify your status as an estranged student. Find out more on our priority groups data collection statement webpage.
Section 4: Next steps
In this section, you are provided with:
- Links, which outline the support you are entitled to if verified as estranged.
Please read this page thoroughly so you understand how King’s can support you through your studies.
You then need to submit your form. We will contact you to inform you of the outcome of the verification process. You can normally expect to hear the outcome within two weeks of your form submission.
If you have any questions about completing this form, please contact us on email@example.com.
If you are unsure if you meet the criteria to be assessed as estranged by Student Finance, contact the King’s Advice and Guidance team (firstname.lastname@example.org) for consultation and support.