Immigration status affects refugee and asylum seeking youth's access to university. Certain immigration statuses mean that young people are charged the higher overseas rate and are not eligible for student finance. 

What has changed?

Government regulations in England relating to ‘home’ and ‘overseas’ fees at university will change this summer.

From the 1st of August 2019 people with humanitarian protection status will now be categorised as ‘overseas/international’ students in England, for tuition fees purposes, until they have been ordinarily resident in the UK (and Islands) for three years.

Until now, people with humanitarian protection in England already required three years of ‘ordinary residence’ before they could access student finance but were able to pay ‘home’ fees. Now they will need to have three years of ordinary residence before starting their course in order to be considered as ‘home’ students.

Please note that this will only affect those in England and so should not impact anyone in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

What can I do if I am affected?

If these changes affect you or you are unsure what to do next, you can contact us at RSN for advice in the following ways:

By email -

By chatting with us on WhatsApp -  please open this link using your smart phone's internet browser

By phone - 07716 249158

We would also recommend that you follow this advice issued by UKCISA (the UK Council for International Student Affairs). You can also contact UKCISA for advice on +4420 7788 9214.

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