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Care Leavers Bursary

If you are a student either in care, or who has left care, you may be eligible for our Care Leavers Bursary.


To be eligible students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • a full-time undergraduate
  • under 25 when you started your course
  • eligible for funding as a 'home' student
  • be a care leaver.

A care leaver is a young person who has been in the care of, or has been given accommodation by, their local authority (LA) for a period of at least 13 weeks after the age of 14. They must also not have reconciled with their parents between leaving care and starting their course. Students who have been adopted will not be eligible for the bursary.

Amount awarded

Up to £3,000. This payment may be paid in addition to the Cardiff University Bursary.

How to apply

If you have specified on your UCAS application that you are a care leaver, we will invite you to apply for this bursary if you meet the terms and conditions. Alternatively, you may download and complete an application form from the student intranet after enrolment.

Find out more

For more details about this award, please contact the Bursaries and Scholarships team.

Bursaries and Scholarships