The information on this page was last updated on 14 April 2021.
The details of support available can change, so before you apply it's best to speak to the named contact to check exactly what they offer.
Susan McGuire is the the Care Experience Co-ordinator for Fife College. Her role within Fife College is to provide extra support for Care Experienced students and to liaise with support workers, Carers and agencies to make sure we are providing our Care Experienced students with the best service we can.
Susan can provide one to one support, tours ,signpost and is available to answer any queries that relate to being Care Experienced whilst helping students throughout their Fife College journey.
There is information on the We Care Facebook page. Information is also sent out from the WeCare@fife.ac.uk email address if there is anything you should be aware of, or to let you know about specific events or activities.
While you study with us, you will have a member of the guidance team to offer support, and also a course tutor to make sure that if you ever need help with your course there are people to ask.
Support we offer?
- A named contact
- Outreach sessions or activities
- Pre-application help
- Guidance for offer holders
- A web page for care leavers
- Careers advice and support after graduation
Accommodation we offer?
- A place to live all year round
- If not, help finding somewhere to live for the whole year
Funding support we offer?
- Specific funding that's just for care leavers
- Additional funding available (such as bursaries and grants)
- Support for students seeking asylum
- Support for those with discretionary leave to remain
- Financial advice
Care Experienced students are eligible for the Care Experience Bursary. We work with our care-experienced students to ensure their funding is in place, and continues as smoothly as possible throughout the year.
The college is committed to providing an inclusive education, and we know that sometimes allowances are needed when students experience hardship due to housing, attendance and personal or family issues.
If you are a student seeking asylum in the UK, Fife College will work with you to determine whether there is financial support you could receive. Each case is looked at individually to see the type of leave to remain printed on your entry clearance certificate, and whether you have any recourse to public funds.
One possible scenario could be help with full-time fees for ESOL courses, or part-time fees for other further education and higher education courses. This would depend on evidence you have received from the Home Office.