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Financial Support for Visiting the University

The University would like to encourage all prospective students to visit our campus and to see our facilities, but we recognise that the financial cost of visiting universities can be a concern for many students. 

We would therefore like to offer support with the travel costs associated with visiting the University of Suffolk, for prospective students who travel a significant distance (more than 150 miles) or meet widening participation criteria (as defined below):

  • First generation to HE (parents did not go to university)
  • From a household income below £42,600
  • From a military family
  • Are or have been in local authority care
  • Have a specific learning difficulty or disability
  • Are from an ethnic minority group

Prospective students and applicants who meet the above criteria and/or travel more than 150 miles will be eligible to apply for reimbursement of up to £50 against their travel costs. We will normally consider students who are attending an Open Event, Interview/Portfolio Review, or a Post-Application Visit (including course-specific 'Meet the Team' events). 

Students will be required to pay for their travel costs upfront themselves and then submit an application form as well as proof of cost (in the form of relevant receipts/booking confirmations). Assessments for eligibility will be made by the Admissions Manager and Head of Student Recruitment.

Individuals wishing to claim this support should make sure they meet all relevant criteria and then request a paper expenses form from the Student Centre on the day of their interview or visit to the University, and submit this (on the same day) alongside relevant receipts confirming the cost of travel.

Requests can only be submitted on the day of your visit.

Mileage will be paid at the rate 45p per mile for the 2022 application cycle.

Payments will normally be made directly to the applicants bank account within 2 weeks of submission. Please contact Karen Hinton, Head of Student Recruitment, on k.hinton@uos.ac.uk if you would like to check your eligibility for this support.