Grants and Advocacy

Please note, applications for the current academic year are now closed.
Applications for the academic year 2021/22 will open in January 2021 and reviewed from 1st April 2021.


Many young people seeking asylum in the UK and 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.

Even when a young person can access education, there are still many obstacles to reaching their full potential during their course. This can range from language difficulties, further financial problems, isolation, mental health needs, or a general lack of support to address the specific challenges facing those going through a complex immigration process.


We aim to support refugees, asylum-seekers, and undocumented young people to complete their education by providing grants of up to £4,500 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


Young people who receive a grant will also have the opportunity to access tailored advice and one-to-one support from our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator throughout their studies.

We will work with successful applicants by offering advocacy, signposting, and practical support tailored to the young person’s needs to help them not only access, but succeed, and move successfully beyond education.

We offer help to young people:

  • between the ages of 16 – 28;
  • 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 have been granted leave to remain in the UK but cannot meet their financial requirements for accessing or continuing their education. 

We do not provide financial support for:

  • postgraduate degrees
  • international students
  • private education
  • those who have exhausted their appeals and are unlikely to remain in the UK to complete their education.

We need a referral from education or welfare organisations (e.g. your Teacher or Support Worker). 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. Our maximum grant is £4,500, therefore, we will not be able to fund university 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.

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

Please submit your application to us by the 1st April. Any new applications received after this date will be held and reviewed subject to available funds.

For further details about the Grants and Advocacy Programme, please contact our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator via Email: or Telephone: 07448 155126 (please note, their working hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am – 5.30pm.)


  • We will email you to let you know we’ve received your application and supporting documents
  • Our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator might get in touch with you and/or your referrer to ask for more information or relevant documentation
  • We will assess your application and decide whether we can support you – our finding panel aim to meet and make a final decision within 6 weeks.
  • The allocation of funds starts on 1st of April each year and continues until the funds are fully allocated for that year.

  • We will get in touch to inform you that your application has been successful, subject to your college/university place being accepted and/or you have raised the additional funds required.
  • We will agree the payment and plans for future communications with you and/or your referrer/education institute and will ask you to sign and return a grant agreement.
  • The money will then be transferred in line with the agreement – (tuition fees are paid directly to the college/university. Other payments are paid monthly, and continuation of grants payments are conditional on good attendance).
  • You will be required to attend an introductory meeting with our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator who will welcome you to Hope for the Young and explain how we can further support you with your goals (this could be in person or online).
  • Our Grants and Advocacy Coordinator will be there during your studies to answer questions, signpost you to opportunities and services, and advocate on your behalf if you are facing difficulties. They will also discuss ways in which you can support Hope for the Young’s work.
  • At the end of the year we will ask you to complete an evaluation form to help us learn from your experiences and understand the impact the Grants and Advocacy Programme has had.
  • We aim to support you until you have completed your first degree subject to any change in your personal circumstances and the availability of funds.