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City Cares Bursary

The City Cares Bursary is for Home/UK undergraduates ordinarily resident in England who have experience of being in local authority care, are irreconcilably estranged from their family or have unpaid caring responsibilities.

Eligibility criteria

Students should be either:

  • New Home/UK undergraduates starting in 2020/21 who can demonstrate that they live or have lived in care and still receive support from their local authority.


  • New Home/ UK undergraduates starting in 2020/21 who can demonstrate that they are irreconcilably estranged from their parents (as assessed by Student Finance England).


  • New Home/ UK undergraduates starting in 2020/21 who can demonstrate that they have unpaid caring responsibilities.

In all cases, students must also be:

  • Ordinarily resident in England
  • Have residual household income of £25,000 a year or less as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) by 31st October 2020
  • Aged 25 years old or younger on the 1st September 2020.


  • £3,500 per progressive academic year, for a maximum of three years.

How to apply

There is no application form for this bursary. Eligible candidates will be contacted by the Designated Member of Staff (DMS) in October 2020. Receipt of the bursary is dependent upon students attending an Induction meeting with the DMS, and submitting relevant evidence before January 2021.

If you think you may meet the criteria for this bursary, and have not disclosed potential eligibility to UCAS or the university, or if you have questions about appropriate evidence, please contact the Designated Member of Staff, Natasha Mutch-Vidal.

When applying for student finance through Student Finance England (SFE) please give your consent to share your financial information with City, please follow the steps below:

Step 1. Apply for Student Finance through Student Finance England (SFE)

Step 2. Provide your household income to Student Finance England, please visit this website for further information.

Step 3. Both you and your sponsors/parents/partner/guardians must give consent to share your household income with City, University of London. Your consent must be activated on your Student Finance England account before/on 31st October 2020. For any queries on giving your consent please contact Student Finance England directly on 0300 100 0607.

When your offer to City becomes Unconditional (i.e. after you receive your results), you will be contacted asking for evidence of your care leaver/ estrangement status. You will then automatically be considered for an award (provided you meet the eligibility criteria listed above). For more information about the Widening Participation and Outreach Team and the work they do, email or read about the range of available support on our Care Leaver Support page or our Young Estranged Students page.

Notification and payment

Eligible students will be contacted in January 2021 by their City email address. Payments will be made in two equal instalments in January and April each year.

Important: students given the City Cares Award maybe be eligible for The Lord Mayor of London Scholarship for Academic Excellence but not the City Education Grant or Sanctuary Scholarship.

City Cares Award- 2020/21 Entry – Terms & Conditions

  1. Eligible students must be registered at City by 31st October 2020. You must also have had your household income assessed by Student Finance England by this date, otherwise we cannot count it as part of our assessment, and you will not be considered for an award.
  2. Eligible students must attend an Induction with, and submit evidence to, the DMS by January 2021.
  3. Students must be new entrants to Higher Education (i.e. have not previously studied part or all of an undergraduate degree programme before).
  4. Students must be starting the first year of their degree as a new student (i.e. those starting in Year 2, Year 3 and Year 4 are not eligible).
  5. The award is available to undergraduate students who are ordinarily resident in England. Students who normally live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland are not eligible.
  6. Students whose tuition fee status’ are reassessed in the middle of their degree or who restart a degree will not be eligible.
  7. Students awarded the City Cares Award are not eligible for Sanctuary Scholarship or the City Education Grant.
  8. Awards do not need to be repaid.
  9. The award is payable for a maximum of three years and will be paid in two instalments in January and April each academic year. You must be enrolled full-time to receive the grant in 2020/21 and each subsequent year. In each subsequent academic year your household income as assessed by Student Finance England (SFE) must remain within the eligible threshold which is £0 to £25,000 to retain the grant in subsequent academic years.
  10. The award will not be paid during part-time or full-time repeat academic years, during any dormant/suspended periods, during a placement year or study aboard year.
  11. The following categories of students are not eligible:
  • students directly continuing from one course to another (for example, from a foundation degree or HND on to the final year of an honours degree);
  • students transferring in from another institution;
  • students undertaking a postgraduate qualification;
  • part-time students studying at less than 25 per cent intensity of the full-time equivalent course;
  • any other students whose fees are paid or part-paid through a sponsorship arrangement.