Students already enrolled and those starting in September 2021 should refer to the CDD Fees and Finance webpages for information about bursaries being awarded for the 2021-22 Academic Year.
Students studying from September 2022 onwards will be awarded bursaries under the new NSCD Bursary Award Scheme for the year 2022-23. The NSCD Bursary Award Scheme will also apply to continuing students.
|Award||Who is eligible?||How it is allocated||How to apply||Value||Bursary type|
|NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship||Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE||Household income £25,000 or less||Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD||£1,000 per year for each year of training||Cash bursary|
|NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship
|Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE||Household income £25,001 – £35,000||Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD||£750 per year for each year of training||Cash bursary|
|NSCD Income Assessed Scholarship||Home Fees undergraduates students who are new to HE||Household income £35,001 – £42,875||Income assessment through Student Finance or through NSCD||£500 per year for each year of training||Cash bursary|
|Care Leaver and Estranged Students Bursary||Home Fees students on all undergraduate programmes who meet the definition of a care leaver or estranged student||Awarded to all eligible students||Self-identify as a care leaver or estranged student and then a formal assessment will take place through NSCD||£1,000 per year for each year of training (in addition to any other awards)||Cash bursary|
NSCD supports applications from estranged students with bursaries for undergraduate students up to £1,000 and in exceptional circumstances for postgraduate students in the form of a means tested fee waiver up to £500. We have provided some useful information below to help you to prepare your application to either Student Finance England (undergraduate applicants) or to NSCD (postgraduate applicants).
Estranged student applications (definition) (from standalone organisation)
Estranged students are young people studying without the support and approval of their parents due to a breakdown in their relationship – this might be their biological, step or adoptive parents, and sometimes their wider family members. Estranged students are often similar to care leavers, but have removed themselves without the intervention of the local authority system. These students are reviewed by the Student Loans Company on a case-by-case basis, and the background of each student is carefully examined with references sought from trusted, independent individuals.
Who is not considered ‘estranged’ by the Student Loans Company
Students choosing to live independently where family contact and support may be available is not the same as being estranged. Student Finance England note that you will not be considered estranged simply on the basis that you live separately from your parents, have recently fallen out with your parents, or your parents are unwilling to complete income assessment forms or contribute towards your student finance.
What do I need to provide in order to gain estranged student status?
Going to university as an independent student can be an intimidating process if you are estranged from your parents. This guide put together by the Stand Alone organisation provides information on how your Student Finance application is assessed as an estranged student. It details the supporting documents you will need to send to Student Finance England to confirm your irreconcilable estrangement from your family.
The types of documentation applicants have provided include any of the following: