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Financial support for Refugees

If you are applying for University and have refugee, asylum seeker, HP or DLR status, there is information about financial and other support here.

Tuition fee status

If you hold UK asylum seeker status the University will charge the Home level of tuition fees instead of the Overseas fee level.


If you become an undergraduate student and you have refugee status or humanitarian protection you will be offered the same means-tested support we offer other financially vulnerable groups. This includes:

  • a guaranteed place in University accommodation for the duration of your course
  • a non-repayable bursary of £1000 per academic year plus £1000 to help with start-up costs and a further £1000 on graduation (a maximum of £7,000 over a 5-year programme including a placement year). Terms and Conditions apply.
  • means-tested bursaries and scholarships including the Gold Scholarship programme, the Bath Bursary and Income Related Scholarships, subject to eligibility criteria being met. One Gold Scholarship will be reserved for refugee applicants.


If you become a postgraduate taught student and you have refugee status you will be eligible for the same support as is provided to Home postgraduate taught students. That is access to government loans and to the Postgraduate Taught Bath Bursary, subject to eligibility criteria being met.

If you are applying for a postgraduate taught programme, the Sanctuary Scholarship is for those coming from UK asylum communities and provides a fee waiver covering the full cost of tuition fees, and a bursary towards living costs.

Who to contact for help and advice

For more information on all the above and other help and advice please contact Ben Goose or Joanna Newman in Student Services. If you are a refugee, asylum seeker, have humanitarian protection and/or Discretionary Leave to Remain, Ben or Joanna will provide personal support throughout your programme and ensure you are aware of the support offered across the University such as from the Skills Centre and Careers Service.

University and Refugees booklet

University of Sanctuary

The University of Bath supports the principles and aims of the City of Sanctuary network. We are currently working towards a University of Sanctuary Award, which would recognise the work that we have done to make our university one that is welcoming and accessible to forced migrants who have sought sanctuary in the UK.

Further resources

Student Action for Refugees (STAR) is a national charity of 26,000 students welcoming refugees to the UK. They volunteer at local refugee projects, campaign to improve the lives of refugees and educate people about refugees and asylum. If you are a current student at the University of Bath then you can join the Bath STAR group. Find out more information via the Students’ Union.

Bath Welcomes Refugees is a charity for refugees and asylum seekers. They provide help with resettlement into the UK including English language classes and interpreters, benefits and budgeting advice, assistance with transport and a monthly social gathering.

The Bristol Refugee Rights Welcome Centre is a support service and social space for asylum seekers as well as new refugees. They provide help with legal matters and the UK asylum process, health and housing advice, English language classes, and interpreters.

The Refugee Support Network is a national charity which helps young refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of trafficking. It offers information and advice in accessing higher education.

The Schwab & Westheimer Trust is a national charity which provides financial assistance towards education for asylum seekers and refugees. This includes scholarships for young asylum seekers to pursue higher education in health and social care, medicine, nursing or other health related professions.

Article 26 promotes access to Higher Education for people who have fled persecution and sought asylum in the UK.

The Let us Learn organisation provides advocacy, support and assistance to young migrants in the UK.

RefuAid is a charity that support access to language tuition, education, finance and meaningful employment for forced migrants.

Trauma Foundation South West provide free psychotherapy and support for those that have suffered through torture, oppression and war.

Refugees at Home is a UK charity which connects those with a spare room in their home to refugees and asylum seekers in need of somewhere to stay.