Financial support for asylum seekers and refugees applying for universitites

Many universities in the UK offer scholarships (sometimes called bursaries) to help students with their tuition fees and cost of living. Refugees in the UK are treated as home students and they may be eligible to apply for these scholarships.

To apply we advise you to take the following steps:

  1. Check your eligibility for student finance: Most refugees who have not undertaken a university degree in the past are eligible for student finance
  2. Check which universities offer scholarships: We have included below a list of universities and their scholarships for your information
  3. Check your eligibility for the scholarship: This varies between universities
  4. Apply for the course: Our educational team is dedicated to support all refugees who would like to apply for university degrees, both undergraduate and postgraduate
  5. Apply for the scholarship

 

Universities who offer financial support:

University Offering UG/PG Details and Links
Birckbeck Scholarship UG/PG 20 fully funded places for asylum seekers on any undergraduate or postgraduate certificate course.

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Birmingham Scholarship UG One scholarship for an asylum seeker to do an undergraduate degree.

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Bradford Tuition Fee Waiver UG/PG Tuition fee waiver and course costs bursary of £500 for both asylum seekers and refugees who cannot access Student Finance.

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Brighton Fee Waiver and Bursaries PG Tuition fee waiver and living costs bursary of up to £15,000 for postgraduate study.

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Canterbury Christchurch Bursaries UG One award available per year for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver plus £1,000 bursary).

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Cardiff Home Fees and Scholarships UG Asylum seekers charged home fees. 2 scholarships for asylum seekers and children of asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver and £4,000 per year).

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You can also apply for Cardiff Education Trust Fund.

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Chester Fee Waivers UG One award available per year for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver).

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City, University of London Fee Waiver and Grant UG Three full tuition fee waivers available per year for asylum seekers including a £12,102 grant to cover living costs.

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De Montfort Scholarships UG 4 people will receive a full tuition fee waiver, and 1 person will also get a £3,000 UNITE foundation bursary and free accommodation in a UNITE hall). This scholarship includes NHS funded courses.

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Edge Hill Scholarships UG One award available for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver and £800 scholarship for cost of books and travel). And all asylum seekers pay home fees.

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Edinburgh Scholarships UG/PG Five scholarships for asylum seekers.

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Essex Bursary UG/PG Refugee students are eligible for a £1000 bursary.

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Exeter Home Fees UG Home Fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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Glasgow Fee waiver and bursaries UG/PG ‘Humanitarian Scholarships’ – Tuition fee waiver, £5000 stipend and accommodation fee waiver for undergraduate and postgraduate asylum seekers.

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Goldsmiths Fee waiver and bursaries UG/PG ‘International Response Scholarship’ – Tuition fee waiver and and accommodation fee waiver for undergraduate (link) and postgraduate (link) refugees or asylum seekers who cannot access Student Finance
Keele Fee Waivers and Scholarships UG One award available (full tuition fee waiver for one student per year).

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Kent Fee Waiver UG 4 full fee waivers for undergraduate asylum seeking students.

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Kings College London Fee Waiver and Bursary UG Two awards available per year for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver plus £11,000 bursary).

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Kingston University Bursaries UG Four bursaries every year available for asylum seekers, their partners and dependants asylum seekers who have been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or some other form of temporary status (full fee waivers and an annual £3,000 bursary).

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Leeds Trinity College Fee waiver UG ‘Sanctuary Scholarships’ – a fee waiver for one asylum seeking student a year.

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Liverpool Home Fees UG Home fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and people with Discretionary Leave to Remain.

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London Metropolitan Home Fees UG/PG Asylum seekers pay home fees.

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London School of Economics Scholarships UG/PG Two awards for asylum seekers and people who have been granted limited leave as the result of an asylum application and their children – partial tuition fee waiver (equating to home fees plus means tested bursaries of up to £11,000).

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In addition to ten fully funded scholarships for postgraduates who are asylum seekers or refugees.

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Manchester Home Fees and Scholarship UG Home fees for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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In addition to one full fee waiver including £600 grant.

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Newcastle Home Fees UG Limited number of tuition fee reductions for asylum seekers, making the fee equivalent to home fees.

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Newman University College (Birmingham) Scholarships UG One award for: Asylum seekers and their dependents and partners People seeking asylum who are granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status and their dependents and partners (full fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses).

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Nottingham Trent Scholarships UG Two ‘Article 26 Scholarships’ available per year (full tuition fee waiver and a £500 award towards course and travel costs for each year).

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Oxford, Balliol College Scholarship UG A full scholarship and living costs allowance for a refugee or asylum seeker to study an undergraduate degree.

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Queen Mary’s Home Fees and Bursaries UG Up to 4 bursaries for asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers and those holding Discretionary Leave to Remain (full tuition fee waivers and grant equivalent to student finance maintenance loan (£11,002 in 2016-17) and a bursary of £1,571.

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Queen’s University, Belfast Fee waiver and Bursary UG 2 full fee waivers and £8000 bursary for asylum seekers.

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Royal Holloway Fee Waivers UG One scholarship for people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or other temporary status and their dependents (full tuition fee waiver).

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Salford Scholarships UG Three scholarships for asylum seekers (full tuition fee waiver and limited additional financial support to assist with study and travel expenses) including NHS funded courses.

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Sheffield Scholarships UG/PG Five scholarships for people seeking asylum or with Discretionary Leave to Remain or limited leave to remain and their dependents and partners (full fee waivers and £9,840 to support living costs for each year of study).

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There are also scholarships for English language courses.

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SOAS Fee Waivers UG/PG 6 undergraduate and 1 master scholarships for asylum seekers, humanitarian protection, discretionary leave to remain.

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Strathclyde Scholarships UG/PG A limited number of scholarships for undergraduates and postgraduates available (full tuition fee waiver plus financial support for study-related expenditure).

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St Marys Twickenham Fee Waiver UG/ One full tuition fee waiver for and limited financial support for an asylum seeker or someone granted limited leave as a result of an asylum claim.

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Surrey Home Fees UG/PG Partial fee waiver bringing the cost to the ‘home fee’ rate and a bursary up to £1500 for asylum seekers.

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Sussex Scholarships UG Fee waiver and £3000 for people with Leave to Remain but no access to Student Finance.

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There are also 50 English language scholarships for Syrian refugees.

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Warwick Scholarships UG/PG Two fully funded scholarships for undergraduate asylum seeking students and up to 3 fully funded scholarships for postgraduate taught and research students.

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Westminster Scholarships UG One scholarship for people with Discretionary Leave to Remain who are under 25 years of age.

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Winchester Fee Waivers UG Full tuition fee waiver for asylum seekers or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted limited leave to remain or some other form of temporary status (full tuition fee waiver for two students per year).

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York Scholarships UG Fee waiver and £10,660 grant for 2 asylum seeking students.

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York S. John Fee waiver UG 1 fee waiver and £1000 per year of study for an asylum seeker.

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For further advice and information about university applications and available funds for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK please contact us


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