Education Fund


Many young people in education or wishing to return to education encounter a series of obstacles when trying to enrol. Many are not able to afford it because, due to their immigration status, they are not entitled to receive a student loan to pay for their tuition fees.

We aim to support young refugees and asylum seekers complete their education by providing grants to those who have no access to government funds, or to those who are facing extreme financial hardship.

We provide grants for:

  • Tuition fees
  • Exam fees
  • Transport costs
  • Living allowances

We offer help to young people:

  • Up to the age of 30;
  • Who are in or would like to access school, college or university;
  • Up to their first university degree;
  • Who are either not eligible for a student loan (e.g. asylum-seekers and undocumented young people) or cannot meet their financial requirements for accessing or continuing their education. 

We do not provide financial support for postgraduate degrees, international students, private education and those who have exhausted their appeals and are unlikely to remain in the UK to complete their education.

The allocation of funds start on 1st of April on a first come first served basis, until the funds are fully allocated for that year.

We need a referral from education or welfare organisations.  Only in exceptional circumstances, will we consider a self-referral. 

We need proof of your immigration status e.g. Home Office document or a letter from your solicitor.  Your referral will not be considered without this evidence. 

As we are a small charity our funds are limited, therefore we may not be able to fund your tuition fees in full. It is important that you also apply to other charities. As part of your application we require the names of the organisations and amounts you have applied for.

We may contact you and/or your referrer to seek further information or relevant documentation, e.g. attendance records.  The referral will then be considered by Hope for the Young’s designated trustees. Generally it takes no more than six weeks for referrals to to be processed.

To apply, download the referral form below by clicking on “DOWNLOAD REFERRAL FORM”, (if you are having problem downloading the file, right click on the link and choose Save As). Once the file is downloaded to your computer, complete the form, save it, and send it back to us as an attachment to