If you aren’t eligible for any of the scholarships offered by universities or are in need of additional financial support, there are alternative sources of funding available.
  • Alternative scholarships
  • Grants

These scholarships are offered by organisations and can be used to support study at the university of your choice.

Westheimer Scholarship
Three scholarships for asylum seekers aged 28 or under to pursue an undergraduate degree in social care, medicine, nursing or related professions. Applications are open between April and June each year.

Marks Family Charitable Foundation
A scholarship for students from asylum-seeking backgrounds who are embarking on a postgraduate degree programme. The scholarship covers ‘home’ tuition fees (up to £9500 per year). Applications are open between April and June each year.

The Black Heart Scholarship Programme
The Black Heart Scholarship Programme awards several annual bursaries to qualified candidates to advance their educational goals and life aspirations. The process is open to all stages of education from preparatory education to postgraduate schooling and the bursaries can be applied to the costs of formal (classroom/school) education or experiential education (field/community).

The UNITE Foundation Scholarship
Free university accommodation for care leavers and estranged students aged 25 or under, holding home fee status and undertaking an undergraduate degree.

These organisations offer grants of varying amounts to support educational costs. Make sure to check the criteria and closing dates of each bursary to see if you are eligible for support.

Up to £5,000
  • The Leathersellers’ Company Student Grants Scheme: Grants of up to £5,000 per year for up to 4 years for students who are enrolled on a full-time degree course at a UK university. The scheme is open to students of any nationality who can show a commitment to the UK.
  • Hope for the Young: Grants of up to £4,500 for refugees, asylum-seekers, and undocumented young people who have no access to government funds, or to those who are facing extreme financial hardship. 
  • Lawrence Atwell’s Charity: Grants of up to £1,500 for young people aged 16-26 living in England and Wales from low-income backgrounds, to help them gain vocational, accredited qualifications.
  • The Richard Stapley Educational Trust: Grants of up to £1,300 for postgraduate students aged 24 or over. Applicants should have been accepted on to or applying for a course of study for a degree in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science taken as a second degree, or for a higher degree (master's, PhD, or their equivalent) in any subject.
Up to £1,000
  • The Ruth Hayman Trust: Grants of up to £1,000 to support the education and training of adults who have come to settle in the UK, and whose first language is not English and cannot afford the full fees for their studies.
  • Family Action Educational Grants: Grants of up to £300 for students over the age of 14 who are studying a course (including access and pre-access course) at a Further Education College affiliated to Family Action.
  • Trinity College London Language Access Fund: Grants (up to £250 for individuals or £2,000 for groups) to help cover the costs of Trinity’s language qualifications. Candidates must be nominated by their teacher or tutor, centre staff member or another appropriate person who is familiar with their background.
  • Fund for Human Need: Emergency payments of up to £120, with priority given to those who are destitute or have no income or benefits.
Scotland only
London only
  • The Mary Trevelyan Hardship Fund: Grants or loans of up to £1,000 available to students in London who have found themselves in unexpected financial difficulties during their studies.
  • Sir William Boreman’s Foundation: Grants of up to £3,000 to promote the education of young people under the age of 25 who live in Greenwich and Lewisham, particularly those from a low-income or otherwise disadvantaged background.
  • The Walcot Foundation: Grants of up to £1,500 for non-childcare costs and up to £4,000 for childcare costs to help with the costs of a first degree or a vocational (work related) qualification for individuals living in Lambeth.

Take at look at our Equal Access enquiries form.

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