UWE Cares Bursary

UWE Cares supports UK undergraduate students who are care leavers, estranged students or carers. Part of the package that UWE Cares provides is financial support.

About the bursary

UWE Cares supports UK undergraduate students who:

  • have experience of living in supported housing, local authority or foster care
  • are permanently estranged or separated from their parents, or whose parents have passed away
  • who care for an ill or disabled family member as a student carer.

We are committed to helping you succeed on your course. Our aim is to help you settle in, make the most of the many opportunities that UWE Bristol has to offer, and provide you with information and support to help overcome challenges or worries you might face.

The value of the UWE Bursary is:

  • £1,500 in each year of your first undergraduate degree course. The bursary is non-repayable and paid to you in three instalments, one in each term
  • a £500 non-repayable graduation bursary to help you launch your life after you graduate.

You must meet certain eligibility to receive the UWE Cares bursary.


Care leavers

You will qualify (whatever your age is now), if you have:

  • been in care for three months between the ages of 11 to 16 and/or
  • lived in supported housing from the ages of 16 to 18 and
  • not returned to live with your parents since.

Estranged students

You will qualify if you:

  • are permanently estranged from your parents (ie you have no contact with them) and can show that this has lasted for at least a year
  • are under 25 years of age.


You will qualify if you provide regular and significant daily care to a disabled or ill family member.

You can still qualify for this bursary even if you move away from home to study at UWE Bristol. We understand that even though you have moved away from your relative, you are still likely to need to travel home regularly.

The person that you provide care for must receive one of the following benefits:

  • Attendance Allowance
  • Council Tax Reduction or Housing Benefit that includes a disability premium as part of the assessment
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Personal Independence Payment
  • Tax Credits that include a disability element.

How to apply

Care leavers

If you indicated that you are a care leaver on your application to Student Finance, you will automatically be considered for the UWE Cares Enhanced Bursary. Please email us at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk if you’d like to discuss this further.

Estranged students

Applicants will usually be assessed by Student Finance as estranged. To do so you will:

  • need to provide evidence that you are permanently estranged from your parents (ie have had no contact with them) and that this has lasted for over a year and
  • be under 25 years of age on 1 September 2018.

You must provide a copy of the evidence that you supplied to Student Finance for your assessment as an independent applicant. This will include a copy of your supporting letter from a third party, eg a teacher.

Please contact us at uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk to discuss the third-party evidence that you can provide to confirm your status. This will be the same evidence that you will need to provide to Student Finance England (SFE) to establish independent status. This is usually a letter from a GP, teacher or other professional.


Carers will need to provide an award notice for the qualifying benefit (dated 2019/20) for the person that you provide care for.

If you are unable to provide this then please provide a letter from your relative confirming that you are providing care, plus a letter from you that details the care you provide.

If you are having any difficulties providing the evidence, or if the relative that you provide care for does not receive one of the benefits, please email us on uwe.bursary@uwe.ac.uk to discuss your situation.


The UWE Cares bursary are paid in three equal instalments.

For September intake these dates are:

  • 16 November 2020
  • 15 February 2021
  • 18 May 2021

For the January/February intake these dates are:

  • 22 February 2021
  • 26 May 2021
  • 30 August 2021

More about UWE Cares

The UWE Cares Bursary is just one of the ways that UWE Cares can support you whilst at university.

Find out more about UWE Cares