An estranged student is under the age of 25 at the time of enrolment, and has experienced an irrevocable breakdown in their relationship with both of their biological or adoptive parents and often their wider family, for a significant period of time (usually 12 months). This includes students who have been living in foyer or hostel accommodation, have been disowned and/or are estranged from their parent/guardian.
Estranged students who enrol at Kingston University and have been assessed as 'home' for fee purposes are eligible to receive a non-repayable KU Cares bursary of £1500 per progressive year of study, as well as priority for the Kingston Bursary if all of the criteria are met.
Estranged Students are given priority for a place in halls and access to 365-day accommodation is available on request. We can also provide support if you wish to live in private accommodation and signpost you to appropriate services for comprehensive housing advice.
Our dedicated and experienced KU Cares team will be available to support you through your application, enrolment, your time at University and beyond. As well as a designated member of staff, the KU Cares team can advocate on your behalf throughout the University and within your external support network. We also signpost students to other opportunities to earn money and enhance your CV:
We support estranged students at graduation, by providing free gown hire, a free photography package and 2 free guest tickets. We also host a dinner to celebrate the successes of our students, and award a £1,000 graduation bursary upon successful completion of your degree and following an 'outduction' meeting with the KU Cares team.
In order to be eligible for this support you will need to register your interest to join KU Cares (see below) and provide us with evidence that you have been estranged from both parents for a significant amount of time. This evidence can be in the form of a letter from a professional person that can confirm that you have no contact with your family, e.g. a teacher, lawyer, doctor, social worker or key worker. We can also take evidence that you have been assessed as 'independent' for Student Finance purposes.
Two Government Ministers have praised Kingston University for its sector-leading work helping students who are care leavers or estranged from their families move on to higher education and get the opportunity to complete a degree.