Care Leavers

What is a Care Leaver?

“The legal definition of a care leaver is a person who has been in care for at least 13 weeks since the age of 14, including some point at the age of 16 or 17.
Most institutions offer support for care leavers, but some institutions also offer support to ‘care-experienced’ students who have experience of care but who are not covered by this definition.”

(quoted from

Care Leavers experiences of University

Watch the videos below to hear about different Care Leavers experiences of University:

Uni Connect Role Models Video - Care Experienced Students
(approx. 4.5 mins long
Exeter University
(approx. 2.5 mins long)
Cambridge University
(approx. 5.5 mins long)

Supporting your Young Person

How to Inspire and Encourage Care Leavers to Consider College or University as an Option:
A Guide for Teachers, Parents and Carers

How Foster Carers can raise Ambitions:
Talking about HE and the Future

How Foster Carers can support their young person:
Supporting Care Leavers in HE

Older woman giving cookies and tea to younger person, doing homework at home


Financial Support

Care Leavers are eligible for extra financial support from Universities, which is usually non-repayable in the form of a grant. Your child should check with their University choices to find out more.