If you know you are not eligible for student finance and do not want to wait until you are, a scholarship might be the best answer. Here are three things to think about, before you make your UCAS application:

 

1. Apply to universities that offer scholarships

2. Also look at scholarships aimed at people who have sought asylum

3. Keep up to date with the #younggiftedandblocked campaign

 

 

 

1. Apply to universities that offer scholarships

Look at your options. Your dream university might not have a scholarship for you. You may have a place deferred at a university that has no scholarships at all. You need to think of a Plan B. There are up to date lists of the universities that offer scholarships on the Article 26 and Student Action for Refugees websites.

Make sure you check the eligibility criteria. For example, some scholarships aren’t available for specific courses, others say they are only available for people with certain types of immigration cases. Here are some universities that offer scholarships for people with limited or discretionary leave to remain, where it doesn’t specify that this must have been as a result of an asylum application:

Make sure to note down the scholarship deadline so you don’t miss it. You will have to apply for the scholarship as well as applying for the university. Different scholarships will have different procedures.

 

2. Also look at scholarships aimed at people who have sought asylum

We believe scholarships should be open to anyone who can’t access student finance, regardless of their immigration status. But some scholarships appear to be aimed at specific groups of people.

To complicate things even more, most people find immigration statuses really confusing. From our experience, some universities do not understand the difference between someone who has sought asylum in this country and someone who has been granted leave to remain because they have lived in the UK most of their lives. Lots of people fit into both of these categories by the way, so you can see why it can be tricky.

We know a number of ‘Let Us Learners’ who have accessed scholarships advertised for people seeking asylum, even though they did not themselves seek asylum. We don’t know if this is because the university made an error or if they understood the situation and wanted to offer the scholarship in any case. Confusing, eh?

It is up to you, but you might want to try applying for some of those scholarships and see what happens. You should always be honest about your situation and the university may decide that you do not fit into the category of students that they are trying to support. But it might be worth giving it a go.

 

3. Keep up to date with the #younggiftedandblocked campaign

We launched the #younggiftedandblocked campaign in October 2016  and have been following up with universities since then with those listed above responding positively. We want there to be more scholarships for all the young people who are still not eligible for funding.

Make sure to follow and support the campaign, and keep up to date with our progress and any scholarships that become available to you.

 

Let Us Learn campaigner young person Ruth has limited or discretionary leave to remain and is not eligible for student finance for university

Let Us Learner, Ruth, in the #younggiftedandblocked campaign film