Targeted support

Funding for UK undergraduates who are care-experienced or estranged from their family

We are committed to supporting students from a care background and estranged students who do not have the support or approval of their families. We aim to ensure that you receive the help you need in order to have a successful university experience-

Care-experienced students

If you are a first-degree UK undergraduate from a care background, the following financial support may be available to you, in addition to any funding provided by your college:

Government support for Independent undergraduates in conjunction with Student Finance

If you have not been reconciled with your parents between leaving care and starting your course, you are eligible to be assessed for government support through Student Finance as an Independent student. This means that only your income will be taken into account when your student finance entitlement is calculated. If you have queries about this or require assistance with your application, you can contact your college finance office or the University’s Student Fees and Funding team at student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford’s bursary support for undergraduates with an assessed household income of £42,875 or less

If you have a household income of £27,500 or less in your first year, you will be eligible for a Crankstart Scholarship and invited to join the programme. If your household income is less than £42,875, you will be eligible for an Oxford Bursary. These schemes provide funding levels of between £200 and £5,000 p.a. to help with the cost of living. The level of support and your entitlement depends on your year of entry and on your household income, which is reassessed annually.

Additional financial support from Oxford for undergraduates who have been in care for 3 months or more

You can apply for a non-repayable care leaver bursary of up to £1,500 per year for students who started their course in or before 2019/20 and up to £3,000 for students who started their course in 2020/21 to help towards financial shortfalls relating to your circumstances. New applications must be from those who were under 25 on the first day of their course. If you are also holding a Crankstart Scholarship and started your course in 2020/21, you would be eligible for a total maximum annual bursary of £7,200. Before applying, students must have taken out the full government support available to them, unless there is a good reason why this is not the case.

Using information on your student record, we will contact you automatically at the start of the academic year and invite you to apply for this funding. If you believe you may be eligible to receive this support, but have not been contacted by Week 2 of Michaelmas term, please contact the Student Fees and Funding team at student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk to discuss your situation.  Please note that this support is available to both new undergraduates (2020 entrants) and those continuing on an undergraduate course in 2020/21.

Hardship funding from Oxford for students who require financial assistance

If you are experiencing financial difficulties whilst on course, the University and its colleges have a number of funds available to support students. Visit our hardship funding pages for details of other available funding.

For more details about the range of support that Oxford offers to care-experienced students, visit ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/careleavers.

Estranged students

If you are a first-degree UK undergraduate and studying without the support of your family, the following financial support may be available to you, in addition to any funding provided by your college:

Government support for Independent students in conjunction with Student Finance

If you are legally estranged from your parent(s), you are eligible to be assessed for government support through Student Finance without the income of your parent(s) being considered, i.e. as an Independent student. Please refer to the following guide, which has been compiled by Stand Alone in consultation with Student Finance, https://www.standalone.org.uk/guides/student-guide/ and provides details of the assessment and validation process. If you have any queries or require assistance with your application, you can contact your college finance office or the University’s Student Fees and Funding team at student.funding@admin.ox.ac.uk.

Oxford’s bursary support for students with an assessed household income of £42,875 or less

If you have a household income of £27,500 or less in your first year, you will be eligible for a Crankstart Scholarship and invited to join the programme. If your household income is less than £42,875, you will be eligible for an Oxford Bursary. These schemes provide funding levels of between £200 and £5,000 p.a. to help with the cost of living. The level of support and your entitlement depends on your year of entry and your household income, which is reassessed annually.

Additional financial support from Oxford for estranged undergraduates who are studying without the support and approval of their family

You can apply for a non-repayable estranged student bursary of up to £1,500 per year for students who started their course in or before 2019/20 and up to £3,000 for students who started their course in 2020/21 to help towards financial shortfalls relating to your circumstances. New applications must be from those who were under 25 on the first day of their course. If you started your course in 2020/21 and are also holding a Crankstart Scholarship, you would be eligible for a total maximum annual bursary of £7,200. Before applying, students must have taken out the full government support available to them, unless there is a good reason why this is not the case.

Students can obtain a copy of the estranged student bursary application form and guidance notes through their college office or from Student Fees and Funding from week 0 of Michaelmas term. Please note that this support is available to both new undergraduates (2020 entrants) and those continuing on a course in 2020/21. You do not have to be legally estranged from your parent(s) (as defined by Student Finance) in order to apply, however we will seek to verify your circumstances as part of the application process.

Hardship funding from Oxford for undergraduates who require financial assistance

If you are experiencing financial difficulties whilst on course, the University and its colleges have a number of funds available to support students. Visit our hardship funding pages for details of other available funding.

For more details about the range of support that Oxford offers to estranged students, visit ox.ac.uk/students/welfare/estranged-students.

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