Support for Asylum Seekers

The University of Chester aims to make higher education a reality for one student per year who is seeking sanctuary in the UK.

University of Chester 'Sanctuary Award'

The University of Chester offers a 100% tuition fee waiver for one student per year who is:

  • seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum
  • seeking asylum in the UK, or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum who has been granted Discretionary Leave to Remain or some other form of temporary status

Please note: Spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date which the asylum application was made. Children/step-children must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made.

Applicants must:

  • have been offered a place (conditional or unconditional) on an undergraduate programme at the University of Chester (with the exception of NHS funded programmes which are not eligible for this award) BEFORE applying for the Sanctuary Award
  • by virtue of their immigration status, be unable to access UK Government Student Finance (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans/grants)
  • be able to provide evidence that they sought asylum on arrival in the UK and that their asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office

Priority will be given to applicants who live within easy commuting distance of the University of Chester.

The Sanctuary Award is payable in each academic year of the course. This is unless, as a result of an asylum application, you (or your parents or spouse/civil partner) are granted indefinite leave to enter/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.

Sanctuary Award 2017-18 Applications

Applications for the 2017-18 'Sanctuary Award' are now invited.  Please see links to the right for application and guidance notes.  

To find out more please contact Sandra Hughes (hughes.sandra@chester.ac.uk)