Student carers

UWE Cares eligibility for student carers and how to get assessed for support.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    Please refer to our application guidance if you need help.

  2. Step 2

    You can apply for financial support from your funding body:

    The quicker you apply for your student finance the better, as this will help us assess your eligibility for financial support through the UWE Cares bursary and 365 accommodation.

    Student finance for student carers

    • Student finance bodies don’t treat student carers differently to other students. Your loans will be assessed according to your household income and your parent/s’ income will be assessed if you’re under 25.
  3. Step 3

    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.

  4. Step 4

    Please contact us at UWECares@uwe.ac.uk to find out more about the evidence you’ll need to provide so we can assess your eligibility as a student carer for financial and 365-accommodation.

  5. Step 5

    We’ll need to assess your eligibility and see that you're a student carer for you to access financial and 365-accommodation support.

    We'll contact you by email if you need to send us any information.

    Pastoral support

    If you provide regular daily care to a disabled or ill family member, you’re eligible to access the UWE Cares pastoral support package. This includes a designated point of contact for queries, help to access other services like health and wellbeing, careers and study support, social events, drop-ins and our monthly newsletter.

    UWE Cares Bursary and 365-day accommodation

    You may be eligible for financial and accommodation support if:

    • you’ve been providing significant daily care to a disabled or ill family member up to the start of your course
    • you’ve lived at the same address as the person you care for before coming to study at UWE Bristol
    • the person you care for receives 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 or Tax Credits that include a disability element.

    You must also:

    • be entering year one of an undergraduate degree, studying at least 30 credits per year
    • be entitled to funding for fees and living costs from Student Finance England, Wales, or Northern Ireland
    • be entitled to and be taking out the full tuition fee loan or comparable funding
    • 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 365-day 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 mentoring to finance.

Types of support