Find out about the support that's available when you apply for university, and what you can do to give yourself the best chance of success...
This will allow universities to let you know about any extra support that they can offer you.
They can also take it into account when deciding whether to give you a place, but only if it will benefit you. For example, you might get a lower conditional offer to compensate for disruption caused by moving schools.
You don't have to tick the box, but it won't disadvantage you if you do: the universities you apply to won't pass on the information to anyone, and it's illegal for them to discriminate against you based on it.
- Some universities will also offer help if you are applying for a place with them. Propel can help you to find which universities offer this.
- If you are applying through a school or college, you can ask your teacher or tutor for advice. If you have left, you may still be able to ask them, especially if they are being your referee.
- If you know people who have been to university, you can ask them to help with your application - remember that everyone's application is different and what worked for them may not be best for you.
- Anyone who knows you well can be a useful person to ask: they will give you a new perspective and may think of things that you didn't.
Things like extracurricular activities and work experience can be valuable on a personal statement, but you can also write about challenges or difficulties you have overcome. These demonstrate your dedication and resilience, which make you a good candidate.
Find out the essentials of writing your personal statement.
You might have to provide evidence that you are a care leaver. A letter from a social worker or support worker is normally enough for this, but it's important to make sure that your evidence has been received and was correct, since part of your loan could be delayed if there is a mistake.
Find out more about financial support for care leavers.