How is my fee status determined?
Fee status is determined before the start of your studies and not during the course.
Your fee status is dependent upon your nationality, your immigration status in the UK, and where you have been living and what you have been doing for the 3 years immediately before the start of your course with us.
The University Student Records Team will assess your fee status by looking at the information you provide on your application and in line with government legislation to assess which rate you should be charged.
The legislation defines who is eligible for Home Fee status, setting out categories of students who are eligible to pay the Home rate of tuition fees. The decision to class a student as a Home or an Overseas student is set out by the government’s The Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendments) Regulations 2021
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) is a national Advisory Body that provides general guidance on international student issues. You can check which fee category applies to you via the UKCISA website.
We may ask you to provide additional information to help us assess your fee status. If this is necessary, we may ask you to complete a Fee Assessment Questionnaire. We will also ask you to provide documents such as your passport or official letters to support the information you give.
If you do not provide the requested documentation, we will assess your fee status on the information provided on your application.
The information below gives you a summary of each category identified in the government regulations:
If you are a UK national, you will pay fees at the Home standard fee rate. However, if you are undertaking another course but already hold a qualification at that level, for example an undergraduate degree qualification, please be aware you may not be eligible to financial support from the Student Finance Company.
Sometimes applicants will mistake their Nationality with their Ethnicity when completing their application. Please note Nationality is your legal status as per your passport or other legal documents, whereas Ethnicity is related to your family cultural origins, for example, you may have a British passport (which would make you a British National) but your ethnicity might be Indian or Pakistani etc.
Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Undergraduate and Postgraduate students meeting the criteria for classification as Home students will be charged the same fee as mainland UK students.
If you are not a UK national and you have not lived in the UK, you will pay the Overseas fee rate. Even if you have been living in the UK, you most likely will not be eligible for Home rates if you have a time-limited visa to live in the UK.
Academic year 2021/22
From 1 August 2021, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members who are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will no longer be eligible for home fee status, for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 or after. Children of Turkish workers arriving in the UK after 31 December 2020 will similarly not be eligible for home fee status and student financial support for courses starting on or after 1 August 2021.
This change will also apply to Further Education funding for those aged 19+, and funding for apprenticeships.
These eligibility changes do not apply to Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
Regulatory amendments will give effect to these changes.
EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals, and their family members who are covered by the Withdrawal Agreements will continue to have access to home fee status and student financial support on broadly the same basis as now. Generally this covers those who:
- are living in the UK by 31 December 2020 having exercised a right to reside under EU law, the EEA Agreement or the Free Movement of Persons Agreement, and;
- continue to live in the UK after 31 December 2020.
Such persons will generally have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021, apart from Irish citizens, who are not required to apply as their rights will be protected as a result of Common Travel Area arrangements.
Those who have been granted settled status under the EUSS will generally be eligible for home fee status, tuition fee and maintenance support if they have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for at least 3 years.
Irish citizens are automatically treated as settled in the UK and do not need to apply to the EUSS to benefit from these rights.
EU nationals, and their family members, will generally be awarded home fee status where the student has pre-settled status and has 3 years’ residence in the UK, Gibraltar, EEA and Switzerland (unless that residence was wholly or mainly for the purpose of education).