There are an increasing number of students with caring responsibilities attending College. The commitment and resilience required is not to be underestimated but for many the overall benefits to them and their families outweighs the pressures of juggling family and study.
Support for Families and Carers at King’s College London
The Family Society at King’s is a society for students with additional family responsibilities. It welcomes parents, carers, and those who have a more family oriented mind-set. Student parents can also seek advice on a wide range of financial and funding issues by contacting Student Advice Services. You can attend a drop-in or request an appointment with the Specialist Student Parent Advisor; please see the website for full details: www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/services/student-advice-support/how/parents/childcare.aspx.
KCL is committed to providing rest, breastfeeding/expressing, and changing facilities at all of our campuses. Find out more here: www.kcl.ac.uk/hr/diversity/parenting/rooms.aspx.
There are studios and flats available in university halls of residence, housing associations, and privately run halls that offer family accommodation, as well as private rented accommodation. Your choice depends on your budget and your personal preference. The Following links may be helpful in finding the right accommodation for you:
Funding and Postgraduate Loans
Home and EU* students starting a full or part-time master;s course after 1st August 2016 can apply for a Post-Graduate Loan. You may be able to borrow up to £10,000, paid in a series of installments, to cover fees and help with living costs. Eligibility depends on previous study of a post-graduate course, the type and length of the course as well as your age, nationality and residency status. You can find out more by visiting: www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.
King’s College offers a wide range of scholarships and funding opportunities for all students on both taught masters and research degrees which may contribute towards tuition fees, living costs, or both. Information and application details can be found at the Student Funding Office and Graduate Funding database:
Depending on your personal circumstances, you or your partner may be able to apply for additional, means tested government support. The Student Advice Team can advise on your eligibility for welfare benefits and help if you need to make a claim of challenge a decision. For an overview of the financial help available when having a baby and raising a child: www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/categories/having-a-baby. For further information see: www.gov.uk/benefits-calculator.
Further Support and Advice
(*This information was correct as of March 2017)