Estranged students

UWE Cares eligibility for estranged students 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

    The quicker you apply for student finance the better. This will help UWE Bristol to assess your eligibility for financial and accommodation support.You can apply for financial support from your funding body:

    Please read the StandAlone Student Finance Guide. You want to be assessed as an independent student. You can contact the Student Finance Estrangement Team at estranged@slc.co.uk for specialist advice from them.

    Student finance bodies will define you as estranged if:

    • you’re under 25
    • you’ve had little or no contact with both parents and you receive no physical or financial support from them
    • your estrangement is permanent and has lasted at least 12 months at the time of application.

    Student finance may ask some students to supply evidence of estrangement every year of their course.

  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

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

    You don’t need to apply for the UWE Cares Bursary. The University will assess you and contact you by email if you need to send us any information.

    Pastoral

    If you’ve had little or no contact or support from your parents for a year, 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.

    Finance and accommodation

    You may be eligible for financial and accommodation support if:

    • you’re under 25 on the first day of your course
    • you’ve had little or no contact with both parents and you receive no physical or financial support from them
    • your estrangement is permanent and has lasted at least 12 months before the start of your course.

    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.

How we can help

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

Types of support

If you don't meet the criteria

If you don’t meet the above criteria or are over 25 but feel you are estranged, contact UWE Cares by emailing UWECares@uwe.ac.uk. We look at cases on an individual basis.