Friday, June 01, 2018

More Equal Access scholarships than ever before

There are lots of scholarships available, here’s how asylum seekers can apply for them.

There are now 58 univeristies across the UK offering scholarships or fee waivers for refugees and asylum seekers. This equates to nearly 200 free university places, with many of these including living expenses and study grants.

This means there are more opportunities than ever before for asylum seekers to continue on to higher education.

Many of these scholarships have come about due to the tireless work of STAR students campaigning for Equal Access on their campus. Equal Access is our campaign in partnership with NUS, to campaign for scholarships and fee waivers for asylum seekers to join us at university as equals. 58 Find out more about the campaign and get in touch with us if you want to run it on your campus.

I am an asylum seeker and would like to go to university

To apply for an undergraduate course, you usually have to apply though UCAS. Unfortunately the deadline for this (15th January) has already passed.

However, you may still be able to apply to a university directly through the admissions department. Contact the university’s admissions department to explain your situations and enquire if this is an option. We have seen some examples of universities accepting admissions directly.

If you are an asylum seeker, make sure you apply to one of the 58 universities that now offer scholarships or fee waivers to asylum seekers, otherwise you may have to pay international fees and won’t be able to get a student loan.

To apply for a postgraduate degree you will also apply directly through the university’s website for the course you want to study. Whilst there isn’t usually a deadline for postgraduate applications, it’s better to apply early to ensure there is time to apply for the scholarship.

Once you have been offered a place at university, you can then apply for the scholarship. All the scholarships are slightly different so make sure you check the eligibility criteria carefully. Some of them include refugees, people with limited leave to remain or humanitarian protection as well as asylum seekers. Get in touch with the university if you are uncertain of the eligibility criteria.

Each university has their own guidance on how to apply for the scholarship so make sure you follow that. Give yourself enough time to complete your application so you aren’t rushing. Lots of scholarships have their deadlines in the next few months!

Where can I find further information

  • For information on how to get international qualifications recognised and compared to UK qualifications, look at UK NARIC.

Where can I get further support

STAR is continuing to campaign for more scholarships across the UK, but cannot offer advice on how to get to university. For more advice and support please see the links below.

  • For advice and guidance on going to university, you can contact Refugee Support Network’s higher education advice line for young refugees and migrants.
  • If you are not a UK national but have lived in the UK for most of your life, get in touch with Let Us Learn for advice and information on the ‘Long Residence’’ category for Student finance.
  • Cambridge English provide a free online course called ‘Aim Higher: Access to Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers’

Posted by STAR team on 01/06/2018 at 02:14 PM