Support for Young Adult Carers

A Young Adult Carer is a person aged 25 and under at enrolment who has significant unpaid caring responsibilities for a family member or close friend who has a long-term or terminal illness, disability, mental health condition, is elderly or frail, or who struggles with addiction or substance misuse.

Financial support

Young Adult Carers who enrol at Kingston University and have been assessed as a home student by student finance are eligible to receive a Young Adult Carer bursary of between £500-£1000 depending on your household income. The bursary is per progressive year of study, Young Adult Carers are given priority for the Kingston University Bursary if all the criteria are met.


Young Adult Carers will be given priority for accommodation, where available, in our Halls of Residence and can be accommodated short or long term giving flexibility around their needs.

Graduation and outduction

We support Young Adult Carers at graduation, by providing free gown hire, a photography package and two guest tickets. Young Adult Carers can attend an 'outduction' meeting with the KU Cares team to help you plan your next steps after university.

Verification and eligibility

To be eligible for support as a Young Adult Carer, you will need to be:

  • 25 or under at the time of enrolment
  • Assessed as a ‘home' student by the university
  • Enrolled on an undergraduate course or a PGCE
  • Eligible for a maintenance loan from Student Finance

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will need to provide us with evidence that you are a Young Adult Carer. This evidence can be in the form of a letter from one of the following: a carers network, local authority, a professional such as a GP or teacher. If you have questions about this please contact us for support.

How do I apply for support?

  • Email with your evidence or any questions you have, and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Specialist support for Young Adult Carers

Our dedicated and experienced KU Cares team will be able to support you throughout your student journey, from application and enrolment to graduation.

The team are a single point of contact, and can provide you with opportunities at the University that will fit around your studies and caring responsibilities. These currently include placements at the University and paid work via our Student Ambassador scheme.