Support from your local authority
You may be eligible for some support from your local authority, the council covering the area where you live.
Coram Voice's guide can help you to understand the support you can expect from your local authority or contact your local authority Leaving Care Team directly. You can also search for support offered by individual local authorities at Care Leaver Local Offer.
In addition to the support available from Student Finance England and your local authority, LSE provides several bursaries and scholarships for which care-experienced students are eligible to apply. These include the following:
- LSE Care Experienced and Estranged Student Bursary: When you complete your UCAS application form, you will have the opportunity to share with your chosen universities whether you have been in care or are estranged from your parents or carers. The question for care experienced students is ‘Have you been in care?’ and for estranged students ‘Would you consider yourself estranged from your parents?’ The LEAPS website contains video guides to locating completing both the care experienced and estranged student declarations. If you answer ‘Yes’ to either of these questions, the information will be shared with LSE and you will automatically receive the Care Experienced and Estranged Student Bursary when you enrol at LSE. Find out more on our Care Experienced and Estranged Student Bursary webpage.
- LSE Undergraduate Bursary Scheme: If you apply for a means-tested loan via Student Finance England, they'll share your information with LSE. Bursaries are automatically awarded to any UK undergraduate student with a household income of up to £42,875. Find out more on our LSE Bursaries webpage.
- LSE Scholarships: We offer a range of different scholarships for students from different backgrounds, including some which prioritise applications from care experienced students such as the Uggla Family Scholars programme, and we encourage all offer holders to apply. To be considered, you need to complete and submit an Undergraduate Scholarship Application Form by the deadline of 31 May 2024. You can let our scholarship assessors know about your care experience by ticking the box in Section 1.11. You should then provide further details in Section 9.2, ‘Your Future Plans’, as part of your personal statement.
Uggla Family Scholarship
LSE awards seven Uggla Family Scholarships each year to undergraduate students from the UK and care experienced students are especially encouraged to apply. The total scholarship for 2023 entry for UK Uggla Family Scholars was £21,200. Alongside receiving financial support, the Uggla Family Scholarship Programme will provide comprehensive support, coaching and mentoring throughout the duration of your studies. You can find out more by visiting our Uggla Family Scholarship webpage.
Please note that the deadline for the receipt of LSE Undergraduate Scholarship Applications for offer holders with Home fee status is: 31 May 2024. All scholarship decisions will be made and communicated by the end of August 2024.
More information about all of LSE’s undergraduate funding options can be found on the LSE fees and funding webpage.
Student Support and LSE Access Funding
LSE’s In-Course Financial Support provides further financial support to students when they are enrolled at LSE. This funding includes the LSE Access Fund, which is available to some groups of students who require assistance with general living costs, and the Student Support Fund, which supports students at all levels of study facing unforeseen financial hardship.
LSE Students' Union Hardship Fund
In addition to the above, the LSE Students’ Union has a hardship fund which provides students with short-term funding to cover basic living expenses in the event of unexpected circumstances.
University of London and the Unite Foundation Scholarship
For students who are care leavers, care experienced (Scotland), or estranged from their family who met outlined eligibility criteria found on the UoL Scholarships for Intercollegiate Halls webpage, this scholarship provides, free of charge, a catered standard single study bedroom at Nutford House or a catered en-suite room at College Hall, commencing the start of the 2023-2024 academic year, for up to 12 full-time students, registered at included University of London Member Institutions, including LSE. For more information, visit the UoL Scholarships for Intercollegiate Halls webpage.
In addition to the UK Government postgraduate loans, as a care-experienced student, you're also eligible to apply for a number of LSE awards and scholarships.