Equal Access Campaign and Scholarships

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STAR, in partnership with the National Union of Students (NUS), has run its Equal Access Campaign since 2008. Along with several other organisations it provides support and campaigns for the provision of scholarships for refugees and asylum seekers denied access to higher education in the UK. STAR’s Equal Access Campaign aims to create scholarship pathways to provide higher education to refugees and asylum seekers in the UK. STAR itself does not administer any funding through scholarships but is a support group which signposts this information on our website.

People who have sought refuge in the UK do not have equal access to university; most are classed as international students which mean they are charged higher fees. On top of this most cannot get a student loan and do not have the right to work to earn money to pay their fees and living costs.
The table below broadly explains the situation some refugees and asylum seekers face in accessing higher education across UK regions.
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For information on access to higher education in the Republic of Ireland, information can be found on Irish Refugee Council website and in this short guide issued by the IRC: IRC_access_to_further_education_in_Ireland.pdf