Clarification on the relationship of HE Bursaries and Universal Credit in relation to care experienced and estranged students that have completed their courses.

Reports indicate that some care experienced or estranged students in receipt of a graduation bursary/grant are being penalised when then applying for Universal Credit (UC) on completing their course. The attached briefing note seeks to: 

• Set out the relationship between HE bursaries and Universal Credit
• Identify when a graduation bursary or grant could negatively affect a student’s entitlement to Universal Credit
• Illustrate how HEI can continue to support care experienced and estranged students with issues of post-graduate income and housing fragility. 

Universal Credit and HE Bursaries briefing note
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