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At the University of Cumbria we want to ensure that all students, who wish to, are able to access higher education and that they can participate effectively in all areas of university life.

The University of Cumbria offers dedicated support to students estranged from their family including:

Dedicated support contacts

We will support you through both your entry into university and during your time with us.

  • Pre-entry advice and guidance on applying for university and completing personal statements. This can be offered by email or telephone. Contact to ask for help or to arrange a telephone appointment.
  • Once you are here (post-entry) there is a wide range of additional support available to you, as outlined below. Contact if you have any questions after you arrive.


Am I eligible for support?

  • You will be contacted about our support package if you declare, via Student Finance, that you are estranged from your parents. Please visit the "Stand Alone" website for more information about your status as an "independent student" and how it relates to Student Finance 

 Available support

Additional financial support / Money Advice Service

  • As a student who is estranged from their family, you will have an opportunity to be considered for access to the Cumbria Bursary which could be up to £1000 per year for each year of a three-year full time degree.

    To be eligible, for consideration, you must have agreed to share details from your Student Finance application which must have been assessed prior to the 1st of September in the year you start your course.

  • You will also be able to access pre-entry information regarding extra funding you may be eligible for, budgeting techniques and any other queries you may have. More information can be found on the Money Advice Service webpages and the Money Advice FAQs.

  • The University offers discretionary financial support to students who are in evidenced hardship through the Hardship Fund. This opens to all registered students from the beginning of the first term in September, offering small interest-free loans to those whose funding has been delayed.

    Later in the term (usually in October) we then open the Fund to applications to assist those who are struggling due to wider financial hardship. Each application is assessed based on the real and current financial circumstances of the applicant through the submission of such evidence as bank statements, rent agreements, childcare costs etc.


  • We have a wide range of accommodation available across our campuses and rooms are available for the whole year (365 days) at Carlisle, Lancaster and Ambleside. See to find out more. 

 Academic support

  •  Head Start is a short online course designed to bridge the gap into higher education. It introduces you to:
    • Effective learning approaches
    • Accessing and evaluating information
    • Academic writing
    • Referencing

You will be invited to join Head Start before you arrive at university. See Head Start for more information.

  • Skills@Cumbria is an online academic skills platform which is supplemented by specialist Academic Skills Advisers who can support you with your studies.


Help is at Hand

  • We believe in supporting our students in every way possible. Help is at Hand is a hub of information, and a series of events designed to help you get the best out of your University experience. See Help is at Hand for more information.
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