Sutton Trust US Programme

Supporting bright state school students from across the UK to apply to and secure funding at top US universities.

The Sutton Trust US Programme is designed to support high-achieving state school students from 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.

Since the programme started, more than 400 participants have been offered 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 , who are experts in helping UK students study in the US. It is free to take part in the programme.

To be eligible to apply, applicants 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
  • Meet vaccination requirements to be able to enter the United States on a student visa if they decide to pursue an undergraduate degree in the USA, except in circumstances of a medical exemption (for more information please read our )


Applications for the 2024 programme are now closed.

For more information, please visit the .