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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’s Sanctuary award - students seeking asylum

Our Sanctuary Award offers a full tuition fee waiver to one student per year who is:

  • Seeking asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK, or a dependent or partner of someone seeking asylum
  • A dependent or partner of someone who has been granted limited 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 to the Sanctuary Award will need to:

  • 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. 
  • Be unable to access UK Government Student Finance (tuition fee loans or maintenance loans/grants) by virtue of their immigration status
  • Be able to provide evidence that their asylum application is under consideration by the Home Office
  • Be able to provide evidence that they are eligible to work (this is required to undertake the compulsory work-related elements that are incorporated into all undergraduate programmes of study)

Priority will be given to applicants who already 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 2020-21 Applications

To apply for this award, please complete the application form below and read the guidance notes.  Applications are open until the 29th May 2020, applications recieved after this date will not be considered.

To find out more please contact Sandra Hughes (