Einir, our dedicated contact for care leavers and estranged students, shares more about the support available as we approach the end of the academic year.
I can’t believe we are in the final term already! This academic year has gone so quickly. I hope this year has treated you all well and you are prepared for any assessments that await you this term. Don’t panic if not, there is plenty of time yet, and you can check out our blog page this week for tips and guidance to support you through exams.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of a few things in relation to student support during this time of year.
Reapply for funding
Yes, unfortunately, you do have to reapply for funding each year of your course! If you haven’t already done so, you can log into your online account with Student Finance and reapply. If you are funded by Student Finance Wales you have until 9th June, or if you apply through Student Finance England you have until the 23rd June. If you are a continuing NHS funded student, or a Medicine or Dental Surgery student going into the 5th Year of your course in 2017/18, you will get a reminder about applying for funding for the next year of your course. This should include advice about how to apply and whether this should be done online or via a paper application. If you are a Medicine or Dental Surgery student and you lived in Wales prior to the course, you apply via NHS SAS (Wales) or if you lived in England prior to your course, you apply via NHS Business Services Authority (England). All other healthcare students apply via NHS SAS (Wales). You can apply for your Maintenance Loan now.
If you need advice and assistance with reapplying, please get in touch. If you applied and provided evidence of being a care leaver in your 1st year, you don’t have to prove this every year as long as you still tick to say you are a care leaver. However, if you applied as an estranged student, you need to provide evidence every year to confirm you are still estranged. This is something I can do for you if you have received support from me, so get in touch.
Accommodation over the summer
Remember that Cardiff University provides accommodation to care leavers and estranged students for 52 weeks of the year. If you’re currently living in University Residences, your contract will most probably end on the 12th June. If you would like to extend this and stay on in Halls during the summer, please get in touch with me so I can speak to the Residence Department for you and arrange this.
If you are a care leaver receiving leaving care support from your Local Authority, they should be helping you during the summer in either finding you accommodation or paying for your accommodation in Cardiff. Check with your Personal Adviser on how they will be helping you. Again, if you need me to help you, please get in touch.
Just a quick reminder about our guarantor scheme. If you are still looking for accommodation for the next academic year and want someone to act as your guarantor, Cardiff University might be able to do so. Please see my previous blog about this.
Financial Assistance Programme
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, the University has a fund (with money left in it) to assist students. As care leavers and estranged students, you are given priority when applying. I would encourage you to make an application if you are concerned about how you will support yourself financially over the summer, even if you are in your final year. Further information can be found by logging into the intranet.
A quick reminder that if you experience any personal circumstances that may affect your ability to perform at your usual level, you need to report them before your School deadline. My colleagues wrote an informative blog about this back in January. It’s worth reading if you’re not sure what to do.
Final year students
I can’t believe you are all coming to the end of your course! If you have been receiving a Bursary from us every year of your course, I will be in touch soon to make arrangement for you to come in and collect the last £500 cheque. This money is designed to help you with costs you might incur when you leave university such as paying a bond for a new house.
We have secured a graduation package from Ede and Ravenscroft, the graduation organisers. They will cover the cost of hiring the cap and gown and also provide you with a photo package. I will send all third year students an e-mail with how you apply for this very soon.
If you have been receiving leaving care support from your Local Authority, they should also be supporting you and help you prepare for life after you finish your course. Make sure you contact your Personal Adviser so that you have your final review meeting before you leave your course.
Get in touch!
I work full time at the University, so will be in the Student Support Centre this term. Please get in touch with me if you need anything: via email at EnglandE1@cardiff.ac.uk, or telephone on 029 2087 4787.
I will be working until mid-July and then I will be off for a whole year on maternity leave. I will be sending another blog before I go introducing you to a colleague who will be taking over this role in my absence. But please do get in touch with me if you need any support before July.
Watch our video about support for care leavers and estranged students studying at Cardiff
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Einir, Advice & Money Team.
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