Care Leaver Bursary

The Care Leaver Bursary is worth £1,500 per year of your course. That's a total of £4,500 if you study a three-year degree or £6,000 if you study a four-year extended degree.

This support is available to care leavers in addition to the London Met Bursary (2017-18 applicants only), or our extended degree bursaries (2017-18 applicants only) or financial support for students choosing extended degrees (applicants from 2018-19).

For more information about the support we offer care leavers, and a definition of the term, see the information about care leaver support offered by our Widening Participation team and Student Services, and our Unite Foundation Scholarship Scheme.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must have been looked after by a local authority throughout any three-month period ending on or after the date on which you reached the age of 16 and before the first day of the first academic year of your course.
  • You must be a permanent resident in the UK and a home student for fee purposes.
  • You will need proof of having been in care from an official source, such as a local authority.
  • You must be maximum of 24 years of age on 1 October when you've enrolled on your first year of study.
  • You must be a new full-time student (not already holding a first degree or higher qualification) entering Year 0 or Year 1 of your course.
  • You must be in receipt of the maximum Maintenance Loan as assessed by the Student Loans Company.
  • You must have a household income of £25,000 or less.
  • Continued eligibility for this award is dependant on an attendance rate of 75% (this will be monitored throughout the academic year). 
  • You must have successfully progressed onto the next year of study to be eligible for the award so students in a repeat year of study would not receive the award. 

If you start your course in September you need to meet your eligibility criteria by the last Friday of March in the following calendar year. If you start your course in January you need to meet all eligibility criteria by the last Friday of July in the same calendar year. The deadline for all assessments is 31 May.

Restrictions and exemptions

This bursary only applies to London Met on-campus courses. For courses offered at our partner institutions, please speak directly to the college admissions teams for fee and bursary information. 

How to apply

If you satisfy the definition of a Care Leaver for Student Support, you will automatically receive the bursary through the Student Loans Company. This bursary is paid in three instalments: £500 per term provided you meet the University's attendance criteria. We will also help to check if you are eligible for other financial help from external sources and help with budgeting.

Any queries regarding the bursary should be sent to:

  • 020 7133 7002 (Aldgate campus) / 020 7133 7001 (Holloway campus)
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At a glance

Maximum value: £4,500 (£6,000 for students on extended degree programs)
Open to: UK full-time students
Studying at level: Undergraduate
The information on this page applies to students starting courses in these academic years (as indicated):