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Sutton Trust US Programme

Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers

Applications for the Sutton Trust US Programme for Sixth Formers - two weeks left to apply!

The Sutton Trust US Programme

What is it?

The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support students from state schools across the UK to explore US study and access leading universities.

It includes two residentials in the UK before all students spend a week in the US staying on campus at a leading US university and visiting a variety of other American universities.

An optional second year of the programme supports students to apply to US universities alongside their UCAS options.

In the past eight years, we have helped more than 400 British students get places and funding at top US universities.
The programme is founded and funded by the Sutton Trust, the UK’s leading social mobility charity, and delivered in partnership with the Fulbright Commission, who are experts in helping UK students study in the US.

How much does it cost for students?

The programme is free for students. All costs are covered by the programme – including travel, food, accommodation, admissions test preparation and more.

Who are we looking for?

 To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • Currently be in Year 12 in England and Wales, S5 in Scotland or Year 13 in Northern Ireland
  • Attend, and have always attended, a state-funded school or college i.e. non-fee paying
  • Not hold US citizenship
  • Be from a low or middle income family (generally, this will mean a household earning £45,000 or less)
  • Be interested in US culture and higher education

In addition, we are looking for students who: 

  • Would be the first generation of their family to attend university
  • Have been eligible for Free School Meals
  • Attend a school or college with a below-average A Level or Higher point score and/or a low rate of progression into higher education
  • Have attended schools with a lower than average progression to higher education, or a higher than average proportion of students who qualify for Free School Meals
  • Live in a neighbourhood with a low rate of progression into higher education and/or a high level of socio-economic deprivation
  • Have excellent GCSEs or S4 qualifications. This means you have achieved at or close to the following: In England and Northern Ireland: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or 7 or above, or near this level. In Wales: at least eight GCSEs at grade A or above, or near this level. In Scotland: at least six B passes at National 5 or above, or near this level.

The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to get a place on the programme.

When is the deadline for students to apply?

Students must submit their application by 19 January 2020 and we strongly advise they gets started straight away as the application form requires some thinking! 

Where can I find out more and apply?

There’s lots more information on our website: and the application form can also be found there.

For student videos about their US week:

I am interested in learning more about US study, where can I find out more?

Beyond the Sutton Trust US Programme, Fulbright offers advice and support for students, teachers and parents looking at US universities. Check out our guide to US study and also USA College Day in September 2020