Student carers

UWE Cares eligibility for student carers and how to get assessed for support. Student carers are students who provide care for an ill or disabled family member.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    Please refer to our application guidance if you need help.

  2. Step 2

    If you are a student carer, it's important that you let UWE Cares know you are coming to study with us at UWE Bristol. This helps us make sure you have all the info you need to access support and events when you begin your course.

  3. Step 3

    The quicker you apply for student finance the better. This will help UWE Bristol to assess your eligibility for our UWE Cares bursary and for deposit waivers in UWE Bristol accommodation.

    Checklist for applying to student finance

    • You must be eligible for and taking out both the full tuition fee loan and full maintenance loan from Student Finance England, Student Finance NI or Student Finance Wales to be eligible for the UWE Cares bursary.
    • You must be income assessed by your student finance body, and have a household income of under £25,000 to be eligible for the UWE Cares bursary.
    • You must tick the box that consents to share your information with UWE Bristol, otherwise we will not be able to assess you for our UWE Cares bursary.

    You can apply for financial support from your funding body:

    Student finance bodies don't treat student carers differently to other students. The funding your student finance body offers you will be assessed according to your household income and your parent/s' income will be assessed if you're under 25.

    Please see below for more information about the evidence we need to see from student carers in order to assess your eligibility for the UWE Cares bursary and deposit waivers in UWE Bristol Accommodation options.

  4. Step 4

    When you choose UWE Bristol as your firm choice on UCAS, you’ll receive an email from our Admissions team inviting you to apply for student accommodation.

    Accommodation opens at the end of March. The sooner you apply, the better.

    If you want to view the choices of student accommodation, please look at UWE Bristol’s accommodation options.

  5. Step 5

    We'll need to assess your eligibility and see that you're a student carer for you to access the UWE Cares bursary and deposit waiver in UWE Bristol accommodation.

    We'll contact you by email to explain the evidence we need from you.

    Pastoral support

    If you provide regular care to an ill or disabled family member, you’re eligible to access the UWE Cares pastoral support package. This includes a designated point of contact for queries, information and help to access specialist support services like wellbeing, careers and study support, events, opportunities and our regular newsletter.

    UWE Cares Bursary and 365-day accommodation

    You may be eligible for the UWE Cares bursary and a deposit waiver in UWE Bristol accommodation if you meet the above criteria.

    To see that you are a student carer, UWE Cares will need you to send us either:

    • a copy of your latest Carer’s Award letter if you receive Carer’s Allowance, or
    • a copy of an award letter showing that the person you care for is in receipt of one of the following:
      • 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 (PIP)
      • Universal Credit.

    You must also:

    • be entering year one of your first undergraduate degree, studying at least 30 credits per year
    • be assessed by student finance as having a household annual income of under £25,000
    • not be in receipt of a full or part sponsorship (for example from an employer) for your tuition fees.

    There is no age limit, so carers of any age can apply for the UWE Cares bursary and deposit waiver in UWE Bristol accommodation if you meet the above eligibility.

How we can help

Find out about the ways that UWE Cares can support you, from careers and social events to finance.

Types of support

If you don't meet the criteria

If you have questions about our support or how to evidence that you are a student carer, please contact UWE Cares by emailing UWECares@uwe.ac.uk.