Why would a university or college want to know if I am a refugee or have some other similar status?

Knowing about your circumstances will help the university or college admissions staff understand your achievements in context, and allow them to connect you to the right support and information for your needs. This information will not reflect negatively on your application but instead will enable admissions staff to form a more complete picture of you as an individual, and your potential, even if your circumstances have affected your attainment (e.g. exam grades). 

The university or college may also get in touch with you to share details about the support they offer to ensure you make a smooth transition and succeed with your ongoing studies. You may find there are challenges to adjusting to life at university, or in a different country, or you might need practical support with day-to-day issues. Many universities and colleges provide additional support with issues such as academic skills, finances, and managing your health and wellbeing, so they may contact you for more information about how they can help you. 

Note: This information is not used to set your fee status. Your course provider will contact you for more information about your circumstances to make this decision.

For more information about tuition fee status, visit the UKCISA website.

We recommend you contact the university or college before you apply to discuss your circumstances, and let them know immediately if your status changes. They'll be able to provide you more information and advice about how they can support you. Remember any support provided is designed to ensure you have a fair chance to succeed in your studies.

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