University of Bath

Financial support for Refugees

If you are applying for University and have refugee, asylum seeker, HP+3 or DLR status, there is information about financial and other support here.

Tuition fee status

If you hold UK asylum seeker status you will be classified as a home student for fee purposes.


If you become an undergraduate student and you have refugee status or humanitarian protection with three years of ordinary status 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 in Student Services. If you are a refugee, asylum seeker, have humanitarian protection + 3 and/or Discretionary Leave to Remain, Ben 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.

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.

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.

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.