6 January 2017
SOAS University of London has created a new five-year scheme to help improve access to higher education for people displaced from their home country who do not have access to Student Finance.
The SOAS Student Sanctuary Scheme will provide six undergraduate fee waivers and one postgraduate fee waiver. Successful students will not have to pay tuition fees for the duration of their programme of study.
The Scheme will typically be available for people who are in the process of seeking asylum, have discretionary leave to remain, humanitarian protection or people with limited leave to remain. The eligibility criteria is available here.
Professor Richard Black, Pro-Director for Research and Enterprise at SOAS, said: “The tragedy of global forced displacement should lead all of us to think how we can make a difference. In the university sector, a concrete way we can help is by ensuring that a generation of people does not miss out on higher education. That's why I'm delighted we are offering this path-breaking sanctuary scheme to students who most need our help and support. University education is truly liberating - and holds out hope for a better future."
Applications for undergraduate study will be prioritised. Limited additional support for study and living costs will also be made available to successful SOAS Sanctuary Scheme applicants, depending on individual circumstances. Full details are available here on the SOAS scholarship website pages.