Care experienced/leaver students

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At Perth College UHI we are committed to supporting care experience students. This includes care-leavers and looked-after students aged 16 upwards.

Our Named Contact is Student Support Worker, Apryll Mackie and she is on hand to give advice and support during your studies.

Don't forget to tell us you're Care Experienced on your application, so that we can make contact with you.

To help you make that important decision the charity BECOME. have created Propel, an exciting new website giving you information about what colleges and universities across the UK offer to students leaving care. The site also has loads of other useful info - like an overview of student funding, specific advice for care leavers and inspirational stories from Care Experienced students about how it was for them. To start your journey into higher education today, visit the Propel website and get inspired.

Student Support worker, Apryll Mackie

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At Perth College UHI we are committed to supporting Care Experience students. This includes care-leavers and looked-after students aged 16 upwards.

It is important that you disclose at the point of application so that you can receive the support you’re entitled to.  Your college experience will be the same as all other students, but you will be offered some extra support to allow you to get the very best from your time here.

We can offer you tailored support including:

  • A pre-entry course which will offer you guidance and practical advice to help you settle into College.
  • Emotional support and wellbeing if you are experiencing stress or difficulty in or outside of College offered via a daily drop-in service.
  • Support on a range of welfare, financial and education issues.
  • Help through all information and procedures.
  • Someone to talk to who understands your individual situation and needs.
  • Careers advice, travel, childcare, accommodation, counselling, additional learning support if applicable.

Funding

FE

  • Care Experienced Bursary of £202.50 per week year 2019/20 for students who are Care Experienced under the terms of the relevant Acts.
  • Parental household income is disregarded when assessing the CE Bursary.
  • Funding Team can provide help and guidance with funding applications and evidence requirements if needed.
  • Reasonable adjustments to absence criteria if needed, to take into account students’ individual circumstances.
  • Discretionary and Childcare Funds available if needed.

HE

  • £8,100 SAAS Care Experienced Students Bursary replaces Student Loan.
  • SAAS Care Experienced Accommodation Grant year 2019/20 of £105 per week during the summer holiday between years of course.
  • Parental household income is disregarded when SAAS assess the funding application.
  • See SAAS for more information.
  • Discretionary and Childcare Funds available if needed.

Contact:

Apryll Mackie
Student Support Worker
07385 029889
studentsupport.perth@uhi.ac.uk