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Care Experienced and Estranged Students

If you have spent time in care or do not have contact with your parents, we can provide practical advice, information and support. Please note that any support listed with a * is for undergraduate students, and applies if you are under 25 and are a home student (not EU or international). All other support listed is for all students.

Do you qualify as care experienced? What documents do you need to provide?

We recognise that any time spent in local authority care or, with kinship carers, under a special guardianship order, or being privately fostered can have an impact on educational opportunities, so we will provide support to you.

You will need to provide evidence for any of the above circumstances. This evidence could be a letter from your local council, care authority, a copy of your Adoption Order or Special Guardianship Order or from Student Finance. If your circumstances mean you do not have this evidence, please get in touch with us via the wellbeing email addresses at the bottom of this page and we can advise on alternatives.

Do you qualify as estranged? What documents do you need to provide?

You are classed as an estranged student if you are between 18 and 24 years old and have not had verbal or written contact with both of your biological, adoptive parents or only living parent and this circumstance will not change. If you are unsure if this applies to you, take a look at the Stand Alone Student Guide.

Once you have accepted your place at ULaw, you will need to provide evidence that you are estranged. The easiest way to do this is to fill in the confirmation of estrangement form. You can get this form on your student finance account once you’ve submitted your application.

Otherwise, you can send a letter from your social worker, a doctor or teacher that knows your situation, or from a ‘person of good standing in the community’ (for example a solicitor, religious leader or counsellor) or provide a police report showing any related incidents.

You will only need to provide evidence once, and we encourage you to get this to us as early as possible so we can provide support as soon as we can. Our services can only be provided after receipt of evidence and cannot be back-dated.

If you think or know that you will be unable to provide this evidence, please contact our wellbeing team at your intended campus of study as soon as possible to discuss your individual circumstances.

What support can we offer you?

Lower grade requirements*

We understand that personal circumstances may have an impact on your grades at school or college and may not reflect your true potential.

Therefore, we have lower grade requirements called a contextual offer, where you will be asked to achieve DDD at A Level or equivalent.

This applies to all our undergraduate courses (excluding our foundation degrees and apprenticeships) and is lower than the typical offer shown on the course pages on our website or in our prospectus.

Please indicate any care experience or your estrangement in your application form to the University and ensure that you select the UCAS tick box to indicate these circumstances. You can also put this information in your personal statement or have your applicant referee include this in your reference. Alternatively, you can contact our Admissions team.

Before starting with us

  • We will provide you with a named contact to speak to at the University. You can contact them before you join us and during your studies
  • You are invited to visit your chosen campus for a personalised 1-2-1 experience. To arrange this and discuss what you would like to see, please contact the student information email at your chosen campus

Wellbeing and Employability services

  • Wellbeing can refer to our Employability Service to ensure you receive support within 6 weeks of your course start date. You can also access this service before you start your course, by contacting [email protected]
  • You will be contacted by your campus Wellbeing Advisor within the first month of your course start date, who can also signpost to study skills, the library and disability and inclusion services


You can access our accommodation team for support in seeking accommodation for 52 weeks of the year if needed.

Financial support from us*

  • We will provide a bursary of £2000 per progressive academic year for full-time students (if you are eligible for the full package of maintenance support from Student Finance England (or equivalent for Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland) only)
  • We also offer University bursaries and scholarships, check here to see if you are eligible for any others.
  • You can access advise from the money and housing team about student finance and budgeting
  • You will automatically qualify for financial help with graduation costs, this includes free gown hire, free guest tickets (maximum of 2 per graduand) and a contribution towards travel costs of up to £50

For more information about support whilst doing an apprenticeship visit this page on UCAS.

Lawyers Who Care

Lawyers Who Care (LWC) provide long-term mentorship and community and/or paid work experience opportunities for care-experienced aspiring lawyers. For more on LWC visit their website.


“Thank you very much and I appreciate all the support from yourself and student services. It really keeps me going to know I can come there when I’m overwhelmed. Thank you so much.”



Contact us

Please contact the Welfare team at your campus for further information on our support for care experienced and estranged students.

Find out more about our support for commuter students, BAME students and mature students.