Information for Prospective Students

Access Opportunity Scholarship

UCL is pleased to announce the establishment of a new scholarship scheme for 2017-2018 academic year: the Access Opportunity Scholarship. The intention of the scholarship is to support those, who because of their immigration status are not able to secure student loans for their higher education.

UCL has committed to providing £500,000 in funding over three years for prospective students granted discretionary or limited leave to remain and those who may be seeking asylum. 

Eligibility requirements

Applicants for the scholarship must be:

  • An asylum seeker holding an offer of a place on a UCL undergraduate programme, or/;
  • An offer-holder granted “limited” or “discretionary” leave to remain and;
  • Unable to access student finance (tuition fee or maintenance loan) because of your immigration status;
  • Able to prove your status, under one of the above categories;

Asylum seekers, children of asylum seekers, or unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and who are holding an offer for an undergraduate place at UCL will be eligible.

Selection criteria

We will consider both your financial situation and academic merit and you will need to demonstrate both within your application (see Guidance notes).

Value: benefit and duration

The scholarship will consist of full tuition fees and a living allowance of £10,750 per year for the normal duration of your programme at UCL. 

Annual renewal of the scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progress.

Your scholarship will cease (from the start of the following academic year), if you are granted refugee status or humanitarian protection whilst a student at UCL because you will then have access to UK student loans and you will be expected to apply for available student finance. 

Applications deadline and procedure

The deadline for your application is Friday, 28 July 2017 18:00 (UK time). If we receive an application after this deadline, it will not be eligible.

Application form (.doc)

Reference form (.doc)

Guidance notes (.pdf)

Complete applications and supporting documentations should be submitted by email to: studentfunding@ucl.ac.uk 

Notification of results

Successful candidates can expect to be notified by email in early/mid-September.

If you do not hear from the UCL Student Funding Office by mid-September, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.

Page last modified on 09 mar 17 11:01 by Minesh M Halai


*NOTE: All scholarship and student funding schemes are subject to availability of funds, and details given here are subject to change at any time. Potential applicants are urged to check information regularly to ensure they are aware of current procedures, deadlines etc.

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