Asylum Seeker Bursary 2018 entry

The University of Surrey is pleased to be offering financial support to those seeking sanctuary in the UK. This award has been developed to provide asylum seeking students with greater access routes to the University.

About the Asylum Seeker Bursary 2018 entry

For 2018/19 tuition fee and maintenance support is available for one undergraduate student and one postgraduate taught student who are asylum seekers or who hold Discretionary Leave to Remain.

Successful applicants will be awarded:

  • A partial tuition fee waiver that will cover the difference between the UK/EU tuition fee and the oversees fee charged (up to £17,500). Under this waiver, students will still be classed as international students but will be able to pay the home rate of fee.
  • A maintenance bursary of up to £1,500 towards set up costs, books, and travel.

The tuition fee waiver is available for each year of study. This is unless, as a result of an asylum application, you (or the person of who you are a dependent of) are granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK. If this happens, you must inform the University and the award will cease from the start of the next academic year, when you would be expected to apply for student finance instead.


£9,250 for UK/EU undergraduate students enrolling at the University in 2018/19. See a full list of postgraduate taught fees.

Eligibility criteria for the Asylum Seeker Bursary 2018 entry

To be considered for the Asylum Seeker Bursary you must:

  • Be an asylum seeker / the dependent of an asylum seeker or been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain (DLR) or be the dependent of someone who has been granted DLR
  • Be unable to access funding through Student Finance England
  • Have firmly accepted a place on an undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of Surrey
  • Not already hold an equivalent or higher level qualification

How to apply for the Asylum Seeker Bursary 2018 entry

The 2018/19 Asylum Seeker Bursary application pack must be completed and submitted by 30 June 2018.

The application pack should include: 

  • An application form to be completed by the applicant
  • A supporting statement from a referee. The referee must provide their contact details and confirm that the school, college, community or voluntary group that they represent wishes to support your application. The supporting statement should be no longer than 500 words
  • All the documentation that you have received from the Home Office in relation to your asylum claim

Please send completed application packs to the University of Surrey Fees and Funding Department:

  • Kate Hedley-Boxall Head of Fees and Funding 5th Floor, Senate House University of Surrey GU2 7XH

2018/19 Asylum Seeker Bursary Application Pack

Contact details

For enquiries regarding this bursary, please contact the Fees and Funding team.

Scholarships and bursaries

There is a range of support available to help finance your studies.