Support for asylum and sanctuary seekers
We currently offer a tuition fee concession to asylum seekers. This is administered solely at the discretion of the University.
Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who meet the academic course requirements, and the criteria shown below, will be eligible to pay the home rate of tuition fee while their application is under consideration by the Home Office, provided they have proof that an application for asylum in the UK has been made. This is normally the original Standard Acknowledgement Letter or a NASS card issued by the Home Office.
Eligibility and deadlines
- Full-time undergraduate applicants are eligible
- MBChB and BDS courses are ineligible
- You must have applied to UCAS before the deadline of 15 January in the year you intend to commence your studies
- You must have applied for asylum in the UK before you applied to UCAS
- Full-time, non-clinical postgraduate applicants (taught and research) are eligible from 2018/19
- You must have applied for asylum in the UK before you applied to study at The University of Manchester
Assessments of eligibility for a concession will be conducted by our Fee Assessment Team, located in our Student Services Centre.
- Download our Tuition Fee Assessment Form (Word document)
Please note that if you meet the above criteria, you will be classified as an international student but allowed to pay the home rate of fee.
Changes in fee status
If your asylum case is decided during your course of study at the University, your fee status will change to 'home' with effect from the following academic year and the tuition fee concession will cease if:
- you (or your parents or your spouse/civil partner) are recognised as a refugee by the UK Government and are granted indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK since you/they were granted this immigration status (spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date on which the application was made, while children/step-children of a refugee/person with leave to remain/enter must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made);
- as a result of an asylum application, you (or your parents or your spouse/civil partner) are granted Humanitarian Protection in the UK and you/they have been ordinarily resident in the UK since you/they were granted this immigration status (spouses/civil partners must have been the spouse/civil partner on the date on which the application was made, while children/step-children of a person with Humanitarian Protection in the UK must have been aged under 18 on the date on which the asylum application was made).
If you are granted some other form of immigration system as a result of the case decision, your international fee status will not change, but your home tuition fee bursary will stop.
Article 26 Scholarships
For 2019 entry, the University is offering five Article 26 Scholarships for undergraduate study. This applies to all undergraduate courses except Medicine and Dentistry. The scholarship is intended to help those who have sought refuge in the UK to progress into higher education. The scholarship includes:
- full cost of tuition;
- £5,000 a year living cost bursary
- free accommodation in one of the University’s Halls of Residence for the duration of study.