Support for Care Leavers

Falmouth is committed to supporting students who are care leavers.

We are committed to offering as much or as little support as is needed and have many ways that we can help.

People who can help

Will Wears
Bursaries Adviser
Tel: 01326 213744

Michelle Lewis
Living Support Manager
Tel: 01326 370460

Accommodation Office
Penryn Campus
Tel: 01326 253639/213805/370436

Richard Wilkins
Private Sector Accommodation Liaison Officer
Tel: 01326 253741

FXU Students' Union

FXU Advice Service
01326 255861

FXU Welfare Officer


The University offers support with accommodation and can help you to secure 365-day-a-year accommodation in campus halls of residence or in the private sector. Please call the Accommodation Office on 01326 253639 explaining your situation and they will do all they can to help.

Help and advice

We also offer help and advice in dealing with your local authority, social services, and any other outside agencies you are in contact with.

The money

Most local authorities support their care leavers through financial support for accommodation and travel costs to and from the University on a daily basis. Some provide for books and equipment, such as a laptop and other essentials. You will need to find out from either your leaving care team, case worker, Connexions adviser, or other contact within the local authority in which you were in care.

An example would be Cornwall Council who offer:

Local authority

  • £2,000 a year plus money for equipment, ie laptop
  • Money for travel to and from interviews
  • Pay your UCAS application fee
  • £1,500 course costs
  • Other local initiatives run by the council, ie Fab16+ grant for books (£250)

Falmouth University

  • £2,000 a year National Scholarship Award
  • £1,000 a year Care Leaver's Bursary
  • Up to £250 Access to Learning Fund (discretionary)


Falmouth has a bursary available to care leaver students, so please make sure you tick and sign the bursary consent statement in Section 13 of your PN1 Local Authority Student Finance Application Pack. If you have not done this, or your case is more complex, such as estrangement or if you are an asylum seeker, then please contact our Bursaries team on 01326 213744 or

You may be entitled to other awards and bursaries, such as the National Scholarship Award and the Cornwall Award, so do take the time to speak to the Bursaries team.

Student loan

The majority of local authorities will pay for living costs and course fees. However, if they do not, there is also the non-repayable maintenance grant, the tuition fee loan, as well as your student loan (available from Student Finance England to all students), accessed by filling in your PN1 Local Education Authority Student Finance Application Pack. Most local authorities will pay for UCAS application fees and travel to and from interview.

All of this means that financial support from your local authority can continue until you are 24 years old, providing you embarked on a course of study at college prior to the age of 21. This and further topics about Higher Education are usually discussed and agreed with your service manager/leaving care team when devising your Pathway Plan.

When applying for any student finance, please ensure that you read all of the forms carefully and tick all of the relevant boxes. If you need any support, please contact our Students' Union financial advisor on 01326 213742 or 01326 211460, or our Bursaries team on 01326 213744. Remember, all the information you give is confidential and is only seen by the people trying to help you get the maximum finance available.

If you have started at Falmouth University and are having financial problems you can apply to the Access to Learning Fund (ALF). This is a non-repayable grant to help students who face severe financial problems, or higher costs than expected, during their course. Application forms can be collected from Student Support Services or the FXU.