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Postgraduate Admissions

 

Your fee status will influence the level of fees you are charged, and also the type of financial aid available to you. If you are made an offer of admission to the University, your offer will state what we believe your fee status to be, based on the information you have provided in your application form, and according to the relevant UK legislation. We are not able to make assessments of fee status prior to an offer of admission.
All students who are not classified as Home will be classified as Overseas. If you believe that we have misclassified you please read the page on Fee Reassessment.

The Universities Minister for England announced on 23 June 2020 that EU nationals (except Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland), and other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status for courses starting in academic year 2021/22 unless they are benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

Students commencing their course in Lent Term 2021 or Easter Term 2021 are not affected by these changes.

Criteria for classification as Home (for students commencing their course from August 2021)

There are a number of requirements which must be met in order for you to be eligible for Home fees. The details of the government legislation defining eligibility for Home fees can be found here:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/127/pdfs/uksi_20210127_en.pdf

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/127/pdfs/uksiem_20210127_en.pdf

The guidance is complex and therefore institutions and students generally refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for explanations of the fee regulations. Explanation for the requirements for entry in 2021/22 is not yet available on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website and therefore we may not be able to fully assess your fee status until this is published.

However, students must normally meet both the following two main requirements in the first instance:

1.Settled status/nationality

This means that students must be nationals of the UK or have indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK (ie they must not be subject under immigration laws to any restriction on the period for which they may stay in the UK).

The Government have announced that EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals who wish to commence courses in England in the academic year starting from September 2021 will need to be benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively to be eligible for Home fees. Such persons will generally have applied for pre-settled or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) before 30 June 2021.

Generally this covers those who also:

  • were 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;
  • continued to live in the UK after 31 December 2020.

Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement and will also be eligible for Home fees.

2. Ordinary residence

Generally UK nationals must usually have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EEA for the three years prior to the relevant start date of the course for which they are applying (1st September, 1st January or 1st April)*. EEA nationals will be subject to further residency requirements stipulating that they should have been in the UK continuously since at least 31 December 2020. Residence should not have been wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving education. Being absent from the UK due to study abroad is usually considered a temporary absence and does not affect ordinary residence if the home/permanent address is within the UK. All information is subject to further government confirmation.

*For Irish nationals this ordinary residence must be in the UK or Ireland.

Exceptions

This is a very general summary of the main criteria for Home fee status classification, but there are exceptions, as well as other requirements, which must be taken into account. There are also other categories of students who might also be eligible for Home fees, for example, refugees.

Fee Reassessments

If you have already been admitted as a graduate or postgraduate student, and disagree with the fee status you are assigned in your offer of admission, you may request a fee reassessment from the Postgraduate Admissions Office who will consult the UKCISA guidelines before making a decision. Please see Fee Reassessment for details. Decisions on fee reassessment will be based on the evidence that you have submitted; if you have any further, or new, information please submit this as soon after the decision as possible.