Student Finance

Financial Support for Student Care Leavers

The University of Kent is committed to offering support to all of its students, especially students in vulnerable groups, such as Care Leavers, who are coming to University.

The University has identified that two key areas of concern for young people leaving care include the level of financial support available and the availability of out of term time accommodation.

The Kent Care Leavers Pack has been designed with these areas of concern in mind.

With the exception of the guaranteed access to accommodation, the Care Leavers Package is delivered in a student's first year only.

The Kent Care Leavers Pack includes:

  • Guaranteed access to accommodation for the duration of their course, including the summer vacation, subject to remaining in good financial standing with the University.
  • A one-off, £600 cash bursary towards the costs of starting life at University.
  • A one-off payment of £100 towards graduation costs for students who attend their graduation ceremony.
  • We may be able to provide provision for travel in advance to attend University interviews. (This must be applied for at least one week in advance)

You may apply for the support package if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a new, undergraduate student
  • You are a UK home fee paying student
  • You are under 25 years of age
  • You have spent a minimum of 13 weeks in the care of a UK local authority with at least one day being since the age of 14, including on or after your 16th birthday.
  • You can provide written documentation from your personal adviser or social worker to support your status

To make an application you can complete a Careleaver Application Form and forward it to the Financial Aid Office. Applications for the 2020/2021 academic year can be submitted from 13th August 2020. Applications must be received by 18th June 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: In view of the current Coronavirus situation all applications and queries should be made by email to

If you would like to apply for provision for travel to attend an interview please email your details to at least one week prior to your interview date.

Other funding you may be eligible for

The Kent Care Leavers Pack is available to students in addition to any other support you may receive from other sources:

Student Loans

Student Loans

Full-time undergraduate students are able to apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of study and a maintenance loan for general living costs.

As a care leaver you are likely to be asked to provide a letter from your local authority to confirm your previous care arrangements.

Part-time undergraduate students starting from 2012 to 2017 are able to apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of study only. Part-time undergraduate students who started from 2018 onwards are able to apply to Student Finance England for a tuition fee loan to cover the costs of study and a maintenance loan for general living costs.

For further information, click on the Undergraduate links to the left, or visit the Student Finance England web pages


Access to Learning Fund

Access to Learning Fund

This fund is available to students throughout their time of study, to provide additional support to help them remain in higher education.

The fund is discretionary, so we cannot guarantee that you will receive an award, but if you are experiencing financial difficulty, speak to an adviser in the Kent Union Advice Centre, who can help you apply.

For more information, go to our Access to Learning Fund pages.


Disabled Students Allowances

Disabled Students Allowances

If you have a disability you may be entitled to extra financial help towards the costs of the following:

  • specialist equipment
  • non-medical helpers
  • extra travel costs
  • other extra course-related costs due to your disability

Disabilities covered include long-term illnesses, mental-health conditions or specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

If you qualify for Disabled Students’ Allowances, they’re paid on top of any standard student support you get. They are not affected by your household income, and you don’t have to pay them back.

For further information see


Kent Financial Support Package 2020

Kent Financial Support Package 2020

At Kent, we believe that all students who have the academic potential to benefit from our courses should have the opportunity to come to the University and we have established one of the most generous financial support schemes in the UK.

For 2020, Kent has a £4,500* financial support package for eligible students across three (or four where applicable) stages of study:

  • Stage 1: £1,500 (cash payment)
  • Stage 2: £1,500 (cash payment)
  • Stage 3: £1,500 (cash payment)

*Based on a full-time undergraduate three year degree programme. Students studying a four year programme will receive a further cash bursary of £1,500 for the fourth stage.

For further information see KFSP 2020



Useful Links

For further information about funding, grants, benefits and advice, the following sites and organisations may be of use to you:


Finance Department, The Registry, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ

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Last Updated: 17/09/2020