Asylum Seekers and those staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds because of their immigration status are not supported through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) which funds most Scottish students.
However, there is other support available such as scholarships and from other organisations who support asylum seeker students or those without immigration status.
Scholarships meet the cost of tuition fees and include an allowance for essential study-related expenditure. In seeking entry to a university on a scholarship basis, applicants should apply for their preferred course through UCAS.
Universities look at scholarship applications from potential students who:
Applications will also be considered from students who have already started their course of study but have subsequently applied for asylum and can no longer access their original funding. In these cases, it will be necessary to establish that the original funding for study is no longer available and applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence.
More detail on this scholarship can be found on the University of Strathclyde website.
More detail on this scholarship can be found on the Glasgow University website.
The Carnegie Trust is also a potential funding source for prospective students who have lived in Scotland for a while. The Carnegie Trust can help with fees if a university has agreed to consider granting home fees on an exceptional basis.
Glasgow University also helps asylum seekers through a group called GRAMNet.
Or write to: 11 The Square, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, G12 8QQ
Advice on these matters and referrals for legal advice are available from the Scottish Refugee Council and/or appropriate UK agencies.