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Support for asylum seekers

We offer support to asylum seekers through a specialist advisor to help asylum seekers during their studies.

Support is offered through the following schemes:

Tuition fee waiver


You must:

  • be an asylum seeker or child of an asylum seeker
  • meet the academic programme requirements
  • study on a full-time undergraduate course, excluding Medicine and Dentistry and NHS funded courses
  • provide proof that an application for asylum in the UK has been made before you applied to UCAS.

Assessment procedure

Assessments for eligibility will be undertaken by the University’s Admissions team. Completion of a fee assessment questionnaire is required, which must be returned with evidence of the application for asylum and confirmation that the asylum claim is still undecided.

Please note that if as an asylum seeker, you meet the above criteria you will be classified as an ‘international’ student but allowed to pay the ‘home’ rate of tuition fee, as a tuition fee waiver. Other institutions and funding bodies will make their own assessment and may not operate a tuition fee waiver. As you will be classified as an ‘international student’ under the fees regulations, you may not be eligible for tuition fee or maintenance loans. We would advise that you contact the relevant funding bodies directly with your details to establish your own entitlements.

Effect of Home Office decisions during your course

If your asylum case is decided during your course of study at the University and you are granted:

  • refugee status or,
  • humanitarian protection or
  • discretionary leave is granted,
  • or your parents, spouse or civil partner are recognised as a refugee by the UK Government,
  • or their asylum application is refused but they are granted humanitarian protection
  • or discretionary leave and you meet the ‘family condition’ on the date of the family member’s asylum application.

Please refer to the UKCISA website for full details of the conditions to be satisfied.

Your fee status will change to 'home' with effect from the following academic year and the tuition fee waiver will therefore cease to apply.

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

The Fee Waiver Scheme is administered at the sole discretion of Cardiff University.