Information for asylum seekers

We currently offer a partial tuition fee waiver for undergraduate asylum seekers (whose cases haven’t yet been decided) who apply for admission to the University of Exeter. This is administered solely at the discretion of the University of Exeter.

Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who meet the academic programme 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.

Eligibility

  • The partial Tuition Fee Waiver is only available for full-time Undergraduate programmes commencing after 1st September 2014, excluding Medicine and other NHS funded programmes.
  • As long as the stated expiry date of the Discretionary Leave granted, is not before the first day of the first academic year of the course.  (The 1st of September.)
  • Applicants must have applied for asylum in the UK before they have applied to UCAS and be able to evidence proof of application for asylum.

Please note that if an asylum seeker meets the above criteria they will be classified as an ‘International’ student but allowed to pay the ‘Home’ rate of tuition fee, as a partial Tuition Fee Waiver. Other institutions and funding bodies will make their own assessment and may not operate a partial Tuition Fee Waiver. As the student will be classified as an ‘International Student’ under the Home Office regulations, the student may not be eligible for Tuition Fee or Maintenance Loans. We would advise that the student contacts the relevant funding bodies directly with their details to establish their own entitlements. 

However, if their asylum case is decided during their course of study at the University and refugee status or humanitarian protectionis granted, their fee status will change to 'Home' with effect from the following academic year and the  partial tuition fee waiver will therefore cease to apply, if the following condition is met. They become a refugee, or their asylum application is refused but they are granted humanitarian protection, or if this happens to a relevant member of their family and they meet the ‘family condition’ on the date of family member’s asylum application.

If their asylum case is decided during their course of study at the University and refugee status or humanitarian protection is not granted, their fee status will remain as ‘International’ and the partial fee wavier will cease to apply with effect from the following academic year and ‘International’ fee rates will apply. The time limit on any visa or leave to remain will be monitored and applied in line with Home Office regulations.