The University of Exeter

Natalie Bracher

Natalie Bracher

Outreach and Success Officer
01392 724043

The information on this page was last updated on 8 January 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.

The University of Exeter is committed to supporting young people in care and care leavers to realise their full potential through higher education study.

The University of Exeter sets out its commitment to care-experienced children as described on our website:

The University of Exeter provides:

  • full fee waiver for UK undergraduates and PGCE students
  • a designated contact for care leaver applicants
  • 365-day accommodation should this be required
  • special consideration in the admissions process.

You are provided with a wealth of support, from careers advice to disability and additional needs support, to counselling and advice on your student finances. Please contact us to find out more.

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

Fee waiver

Care leavers starting undergraduate or PGCE courses at the University of Exeter will not have to pay tuition fees. If you have identified yourself as someone who has been in care on your UCAS application, the University of Exeter will contact you asking for further information.

Care leaver's bursary

The bursary is intended to help with the cost of accommodation during the summer vacation period, after your first and subsequent years of study (but not final year). The bursary amount is not fixed, but is decided by taking into account the additional cost of your accommodation needs.

Access to Exeter bursary

UK students who meet certain criteria may be eligible for the Access to Exeter bursary of £2,100 for the first year of your studies, and £1,550 from the second year onwards, for the duration of your undergraduate studies. For more information, please contact

Unite Foundation scholarship scheme (Streatham & St Luke's Campuses)

The Unite Foundation offers generous scholarships for care leavers and/or estranged students. Each scholar currently receives free accommodation for three years in a Unite student building, and the award is complemented by access to activities and opportunities that support scholar employability. Scholarships are awarded annually. To download an application form, visit the Unite Foundation website at

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