Many universities and colleges have initiatives or support programmes in place to help students with care responsibilities. Read the UCAS resource page to find out how universities can help you and the support available.
Not everyone's path is the same. Sometimes traditional routes of education are not the right fit for everyone, especially if you're caring for someone alongside studying. Check out some of the alternatives that might work for you!
Funding Your Education
Money is one of those things that stops a lot of people from going to university because they just don't see how they can do it. But there are options out there to enable you to go to university, or study in other ways.
The Learning and Work Institute has some great resources for Young Adult Carers including some downloadable packs for Young Adult Carers in further education and more. Check it out here!
Uni and studying advice from student YAC Tessa.
Top advice for my fellow young adult carers is to look into it. Never shut the door on university just because you can’t be the standard full-time, away-from-home, #HallsLife student. You can study part time, you can commute, find out about the financial support on offer (because as a carer you’re most likely eligible for certain grants and schemes!) You can get deadline extensions or extenuating circumstances during exam periods when it gets too much, you can access university wellbeing services, you got your student union... many universities have carer societies!
When I didn’t do as well as I wanted in a recent assessment, I spoke to a tutor about it. She asked if everything was okay at home and I said “same old same old.” I then explained my home situation and she had a lot of sympathy for me and made me remember that not every student is dealing with what I’m dealing with. She reminded me to be kinder to myself.
So even if you decide uni isn’t for you, at least you gave it a fair look-in as a viable option, instead of slamming a door that you never knew could lead somewhere!
Read Tessa's story here.