Care leavers and Estranged Students

Care Leavers and Estranged Students

If you are student who is estranged from your parents or guardians and are concerned about studying without the support of a family network please come to speak to or contact Student Funding Advice in Student Support. They can offer advice and guidance for applying for independent status from Student Finance England, assess whether you might be eligible for a Care Leavers Bursary  or Estranged Student Bursary and help with other financial concerns.  You may also wish to visit which is a charity that offers support and guidance for estrangement.

Support at Marjon:

Student funding advice

The University can provide the following support:

  • Campus accommodation 365 days of the year for the duration of your studies
  • A university bursary of £2,000 per annum for Care Leavers and £1,000 per annum for Estranged Students
  • Help with getting employment (part-time and when you graduate)

For more information on any of the above, please contact Debra Smitham, Student Funding Adviser E-mail: or telephone: 01752 636891

Or contact: Accommodation or read through the Accommodation FAQs.

Useful Links:

Propel: This is a fantastic website to help you decide whether studying at university or college is right for you. It includes general information about moving into higher education from care, stories of care leavers who have studied at university, a university and course search, and detailed information about the support offered to care leavers by each college and university.

UCAS: As well as being the place to search and apply for university courses, the UCAS website also contains videos of care leavers’ experiences of university and explains why it’s important to tick the care leavers box on your application form.

The National Network for the Education of Care Leavers (NNECL): This website lists events and resources specifically for children in care and care leavers.

Local Authority Support:

In addition to Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans, and any bursaries or scholarships offered by your university, as a care leaver you will also be entitled to support (including financial help) from your Local Authority. Use the links below to find out more about the support your Local Authority offers.