Remember to tick the box on your UCAS application to let the university or college you're applying to know you have been in care.
Take a look at our Care leavers guide which explains the reasons why we encourage you to tick the box in the care questions on your application.
This is confidential and won't be used against you! It does, however, let the right person at the university or college know that you might need financial or other support, and can help you put that in place before you start your course.
Universities and colleges
To find out what the university or college you're applying to can offer, it's best to contact them directly. There are a number of ways to do this.
Take a look at the information on their website. Try typing into an internet search engine the name of the university + care leaver to help you find pages on their website about what they can offer you.
Visit Become's website Propel.
You'll find general information about moving into higher education from care, alongside specific details about the support individual unis and colleges across the UK offer. Each uni or college has its own page, containing an overview of its courses and the specific support it can give care leavers.
You'll be able to make an informed choice about the right course at the right place for you, and make sure you're aware of all the support you're entitled to.
National Network for the Education of Care Leavers
The NNECL website provides information on events and further resources.
Independent students who have no contact with their family
If you're applying for student finance through Student Finance England or Wales: if you are an independent student and you're estranged from your parents, you can find information about support, financing your studies and accommodation options in the StandAlone student guide.