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LSE launches new award for asylum seekers

AsylumSeekers_140pLSE is set to offer financial support worth up to £20,000 per year for asylum seekers who have been offered a place to study at the School.

From 2015, LSE will offer up to two awards per year for students who are seeking asylum or have been granted limited leave to remain in the UK as the result of an asylum application, and hold an offer of a place on an LSE undergraduate programme.

The means-tested awards will cover £9,000 annual fees and provide up to £11,000 per year for living costs. This will match the combination of Government loans, grants and bursaries available for low-income Home/EU undergraduate students who attend LSE.

Commenting on the awards and the difficulty facing asylum seeking students, Catherine Baldwin, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at LSE, said:

“Asylum seekers do not qualify for home fee status, nor are they entitled to government grants and loans. Most asylum seekers do not have permission to work. We hope that these LSE awards make our degree programmes more accessible to some of the brightest and best students from around the world.”

The LSE awards for asylum seekers form part of the School’s overall undergraduate financial support package of £4 million which is available for UK, EU and Overseas undergraduates from low income backgrounds.

Notes to editors

For more information on the LSE awards for asylum seekers go to http://www.lse.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/Awards-for-asylum-seekers.aspx

Or contact the LSE Press and Information Office on 020 7955 7060 or pressoffice@lse.ac.uk .

For more information about LSE’s financial support undergraduate students please visit: Support for Home UK and EU undergraduates

Posted 18 August 2014