Care Leavers Award for Students Starting in 2018 (2018)

The award will be paid in three instalments per year, £1,000 per term in September, January and March. Students in their first year of study will receive an additional £500 in the first term.

Year Abroad
If you choose to study abroad for a year as part of your course and your household income is assessed by the Student Loans Company as being £42,875 or below, you will receive £2,000 in addition to your Care Leaver Award. This will be paid to you in two £1,000 instalments in September and March.

Exit Award
Once you have completed your degree and the result has been published a £1,000 exit award will be made.

To receive this award, you will need to have made contact with the University's Care Leaver Coordinator.

Type of award



£3,000 per year with an additional £500 in your first year of study.


To be eligible for the award you need to:

  • have been in care for at least 13 weeks since your 14th birthday
  • be under 25 when you start the course
  • have ticked the 'in care' box on your UCAS form

How to apply

The University's Care Leaver Coordinator will contact you with a short questionnaire you need to return to enable us to check your eligibility for the award.

If you are eligible the award will be paid automatically and you will not need to apply.


Please contact the University's Care Leaver Coordinator.

Contact us

Karen Tucker
Care Leaver Coordinator
University of Sussex

Tel: 01273 872792


The payments will be made at the start of each term: September, January and March.


At level(s):


The award is available to people from the following country: