Higher education is an inclusive environment where support can be provided to help you study. Find out more.
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Disabled students

Course providers welcome almost 30,000 disabled students each year, meaning there’s already lots of on-campus support available.

If you have an impairment, mental health condition, or learning difficulty, it's a good idea to contact course providers to discuss what you might need as early as possible – even before sending your application.

Care leavers

There’s plenty of support in higher education for care leavers – with finances and accommodation, as well as help with settling in to your new surroundings.

Students with caring or parenting responsibilities

Higher education can give students with caring or parenting responsibilities the independence and skills they need for their chosen career.

Students not supported by their family (estranged)

Support is available for students who no longer have a relationship with their family and are not supported by them. This can include help with accommodation and finances, as well as health and wellbeing.

More about support for estranged students

Making your application

When you apply through UCAS, there are options to declare that you have an impairment or you’re a care leaver.
  • Doing so means your chosen course provider can start to put the right support in place for you. This can include extra equipment, a scribe or support worker, and adaptations to living arrangements.
  • Don’t worry about confidentiality – your information won’t be passed on without your permission.
  • Although if you’d rather not disclose at this stage, you can always tell your chosen course providers about your situation once you’re accepted – after your welcome email arrives – but check what support they have on offer first.

Financial support

One of the key factors for all students when making the decision to go to university is money, and if you have individual needs, there may be additional costs involved in accessing the equipment and support you need to succeed with your studies. Knowing what different funding streams are available and how to apply for them will help prevent delays and ensure you make a smooth transition.

In addition to a student finance tuition fee loan and maintenance loan, below is a brief overview of the extra support you may be eligible for, depending on your circumstances and where you live.

Find out more about financial support

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