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What does King's College London mean by estranged?

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At King’s College London we recognise that being estranged can have a significant impact on educational opportunities and outcomes. Therefore we provide pre-entry and on-course support to students who have lost family contact and are no longer supported by their families.

Our definition of an estranged person is someone who no longer has the support of 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 the course and assessed as a home fee payer

 

Verification Process: Enrolment

At King’s College London we recognise that being estranged from your parents can have a significant impact on educational opportunities and outcomes. Therefore we provide pre-entry and on-course support to students who have lost family contact and are no longer supported by their families. This support includes additional financial support and advice on accommodation, finances, and academic matters.

If you have been directed to this page after completing the care-based questions as part of your enrolment or re-enrolment, the below has instructions on how you can verify your estranged status with us. You will be required to complete an online form and upload documentation.

If you have already been verified by King's as Estranged, you don't need to complete this task. Please note, this process is only applicable for current King's students.  

Our definitions

In the form you will be asked if you are estranged. An estranged person is someone who no longer has the support of 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 the course and assessed as a home fee payer. 

Evidence needed

You will be required to submit evidence to show that you meet this status. The below outlines what you will need to complete this process. 

Evidence (letter or email) from the independent team at student finance confirming that you have been assessed as an independent student because you're irreconcilably estranged from your parents.

You will also be asked to provide your notification of entitlement letter from student finance. This will help us ensure you are receiving the correct amount of maintenance loan.  

If you need more information about applying for student finance as an estranged student, Standalone have produced the following guidance.

Next steps

  1. Read this guidance prior to completing the online form
  2. Complete this online form.

After you have completed the online form, you will be notified with whether your status has been verified. 

If you are unsure about whether you meet the definition for estranged, please contact us to discuss this via advice@kcl.ac.uk, putting 'verification' in the subject header.

 

Disclosing your estranged status when applying to King's

Disclosing estrangement can provide context when making admissions decisions but also ensures we provide the right financial, academic, and personal support.  We do not need to know why a student has been estranged or any other detail and we do understand that some students see university as a new start and may be reluctant to let the university know. We would like to reassure students that this information will never be used against them, but we cannot help if we do not know.   

To disclose their estranged status students should do the following if relevant:  

  • Say they are estranged from their family on their personal statement  

  • Ensure the teacher reference gives additional information and provides context  

There are more details on applying to university as an estranged student on the UCAS webpages.  

Additional admissions consideration for estranged applicants

If you are estranged and applying to study at King’s, we strongly advise you to disclose this directly to us. This will allow admissions staff to take your circumstances into consideration and will not have a negative impact on your application.  

We use this data to holistically assess an applicant’s future potential to succeed and to differentiate between similar highly qualified candidates.  

As an estranged, you will receive additional consideration. Examples of the ways in which additional consideration is given are described below: 

  • Students whose predicted grades are marginally lower than that required for the course may be given an offer. 

  • Students whose application is considered as being close to the standard required to gain an interview may be offered an interview. 

  • Students whose admissions test score is considered as being close to the required standard might be given an offer or interview. 

  • Students who narrowly fail to meet their conditional offer will be given additional consideration as to whether their place should be confirmed. 

 

 


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