Estranged students

UWE Cares eligibility for estranged students and how to get assessed for support. Estranged students are permanently separated from their parents or have parents who passed away.

What you need to do

  1. Step 1

    Please refer to our application guidance if you need help.

  2. Step 2

    If you are an estranged student, 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 for student finance

    • You need to be assessed by student finance as an 'independent student' on the basis of being permanently estranged from both of your parents. 
    • 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:

    Please read the StandAlone Student Finance Guide for advice about applying for student finance as an estranged student, including guidance about the supporting documents or evidence you need to share with student finance to show that you are estranged. You can also contact the Independent Students Team at Student Loans Company at independent_student_enquiries@slc.co.uk for specialist advice. 

    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. If you don't meet this criteria from student finance bodies, please email UWECares@uwe.ac.uk. We can look at cases on an individual basis.

  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 an estranged student for you to access financial and 365-accommodation support. 

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

    Pastoral

    If you’ve had little or no contact or support from both 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, information and help to access specialist support services like wellbeing, careers and study support, events, opportunities and our regular newsletter.

    Finance and accommodation

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

    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.

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 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 can look at cases on an individual basis.