Young Adult Carers Bursary


National Express Foundation & Aston University Partnership

Applications for the 2018/9 academic year are now closed.

Following a winning bid to the National Express Foundation (NEFB), Aston University has been awarded funding to provide up to thirty £1,000 student bursaries over a four year period, starting with seventeen awards in academic years 2016/17 and 2017/18.

A further seven bursaries are available in 2018/9, and six awards will be made in 2019/20.

The bursaries will provide additional funding for living expenses for young adult carers from our student community who are from low income backgrounds and are studying an undergraduate degree.  We define young adult carers as ‘Young people aged 14-25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction.’ 

To be considered eligible for a National Express Foundation Bursary students must be:

  • an unpaid carer for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction
  • aged 14-25
  • a Home student  with a permanent home address within the UK
  • a current, full time undergraduate Aston University student on an academic year of study or
  • a current undergraduate Aston University student on their placement year where the placement year is unpaid or a study placement
  • from a family with a household income at their permanent address below £25,000 per year (before tax) as confirmed by the Student Loans Company

The bursaries will primarily be awarded to undergraduates whose home address (permanent address) is from one of these geographical areas :

  • The former West Midlands county area including: Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton 
  • The Medway, Gravesend and Longfield areas of Kent (postcodes ME1-12, ME14, DA3, DA11, DA12 and DA13)

Applications from students whose home address is outside these areas may still be considered on a case by case basis, if all other eligibility criteria are met.

Applications from candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be prioritised in the following order:

  • New first-year applicants
  • New applicants from any other undergraduate year of study
  • Previously successful undergraduate applicants

We would not normally accept applications from students who are repeating all or part of an academic year. However where academic failure can be attributed to caring responsibilities, applications may be considered on a case by case basis.

Submission of evidence

As part of the application process you will be required to submit a supporting statement from a professional person such as a GP, Social Worker or former teacher/tutor.

Application Form

Applications for 2018/9 were accepted until 12pm on Thursday 29th November 2018.

The full Policy can be read here.

Please direct any questions to:

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