King’s offers a number of bursaries which estranged young people from the UK are eligible for:
The Care Leavers and Estranged Students Bursary, worth up to £1,000 per year, is available for students who are under 25 when enrolling and have experience of local authoirty care or are estranged.
The King’s Living Bursary scheme is open to every full-time home first degree student who has been means-tested with a final income assessment of £42,641. The bursary is worth up to £1,600 a year.
King's Hardship Fund: this support is a limited discretionary fund to assist students on low incomes who may need extra financial support for their course and to stay in higher education. To check if you are eligible to apply, please visit our Hardship Fund page.
KCL Accommodation: We appreciate that accommodation is often a concern for many students who have been in care and so we offer 52-week lets (all year round, including summer months) accommodation for all care leavers. For more information on accommodation at King's College London visit the Student Residences homepage. We can provide year-round accommodation at Wolfson House but you need to let us know as soon as possible. For more information please visit the residences page .
Care experienced and estranged students are also eligible for the King’s Affordable Accommodation Scheme (KAAS) in which accommodation is up to £155/ week. For more information on KAAS, visit this rents and affordability page.
UNITE Accommodation Bursary: The UNITE Accommodation & Access Bursary, which is available to students undertaking an undergraduate degree, offers the full cost of accommodation in a student residence for up to three years. Accommodation will be covered for a full 52 weeks each year. To check your eligibility, find out more information, and see how to apply, please visit our Unite Scholarship page.
For all inquiries about financial support, contact either Jack Mollart-Solity or the Student Funding Department for more information. Email: email@example.com Telephone: 020 7843 2581
"Applying to university was a hard decision because whether I studied or not depended highly on what kind of support my prospective university gave me. Anne-Marie contacted me after I had an offer and since then the whole process of moving in to halls and starting my course was really smooth. When I made my application, I was not sure whether I would be able to afford university education or not but the Widening Participation staff were very helpful and supported me.
They told me about the scholarships and finance options I had. I was guaranteed 52 weeks accommodation for the duration of my course, and this was a huge relief since I did not have to look for guarantor-based accommodation. Anne-Marie also guided me about student ambassador jobs which would further support me not only for my finances but also improve my confidence.
Something I would recommend is to let their tutors, widening participation or hall wardens know about your situation, and you will be able to get the best possible support from all sides. King’s has supported me in every way it possibly could have! All you need to do is ASK!!"