The BU Student Carer’s Bursary supports the needs of students who are carers. A carer is defined as anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.
The scheme provides three opportunities for students who are carers:
- Financial support through a bursary to recognise the increased costs a student carer may encounter
- The opportunity to shape and enhance the support we provide. You will participate in research, where you can share your experience of managing care responsibilities and university study
- Direct referral to apply for student ambassador scheme opportunities.
How much is the BU Student Carer’s Bursary?
The bursary is £600 for your full year of study in 2017-18 and there are 20 awards available. The bursary will be paid in equal instalments throughout the year until June via a pre-paid card. You can claim this bursary as well as the BU Maintenance Bursary. We have put this bursary in place because we recognise the additional costs a student carer encounters.
There will be several opportunities for student carers to share their opinions and experiences during their studies and we aim to make BU a welcoming and understanding environment for students who are juggling study alongside their caring responsibilities. You are invited to take part in these research activities to ensure BU offers support to all student carers who experience any difficulties during their university journey.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for the BU Student Carer’s Bursary you must:
- Be an unpaid carer for a family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without your support
- Be a full or part-time undergraduate student at BU
- Have a family income of £25,000 or below per year (and verified by your relevant funding body, for example Student Finance England or the NHS)
- Have selected BU as your firm or first choice through UCAS.
If you’re an EU national you also need to have been living in the UK for the last three years to be eligible for the bursary.
What evidence is required?
To access the bursary you will need to provide one of these sources of evidence to show that you are a carer:
- A supporting letter from an appropriate professional, for example your GP, other medical professional or manager of a Carers' Centre
- Document evidencing that you are, or have been, in receipt of Carer’s Allowance
- A supporting letter from a local voluntary sector young carers project on their headed paper or via email from the organisation concerned
- A supporting letter from your school or college explaining and confirming your status as a carer for someone with long-term ill-health or disability on their headed paper or via email from the organisation concerned.
- In addition, you will need to provide your award letter from your relevant funding body, for example, Student Finance England or the NHS
How to apply
You must have applied for your Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans by 31 January 2018 and must supply verified evidence from Student Finance England that your household income is £25,000 or below by 24 February 2018 to be eligible for the BU Student Carer’s Bursary.