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Your fee status will influence the level of tuition fees you are charged, and also the type of financial aid available to you including bursaries and other support.

If you are made an offer of admission to the University, your offer will state what we believe your fee status to be. This will be based on the information you have provided in your application form, and according to the relevant UK legislation, regulations and guidance published by the UK Government. We are not able to make assessments of fee status prior to an offer of admission. Guidance for the requirements for entry for students commencing their course from August 2021 is now available here: UKCISA- England Fee Status: Higher Education.

All students who are not classified as ‘home’ fee status will be classified as ‘overseas’. If you believe that we have misclassified your fee status please read the page on Fee Reassessment.

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 classified for ‘home’ fee status. The relevant UK legislation and regulations are the Education (Fees and Awards)(England) Regulations 2007 (as amended).

The legislation is complex and therefore institutions and students are generally referred to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for explanations of the relevant UK legislation and regulations.

Guidance for the requirements for entry for students commencing their course from August 2021 is now available here: UKCISA- England Fee Status: Higher Education.

If you are unsure what your fee status is, we advise that you consult the UKCISA guidance in the first instance.

1.Settled / Pre-settled status or British nationality

In order to be eligible for ‘home’ fee status, students usually must:

  • be nationals of the UK or have indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK i.e. have settled or pre-settled status and not be subject to any restriction under UK immigration laws on the period for which they may stay in the UK; and
  • have met the ordinary residency requirements in the UK as set out below.

2. Ordinary residency requirements

Students eligible for ‘home’ fee status must usually have been ordinarily resident in the relevant residency area being the UK/EEA/Switzerland/Overseas territories (depending on the category) on:
a. the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
b. for three years prior to the first day of the first academic year of the course for which they are applying (1st September, 1st January or 1st April as per the UKCISA guidance).

Residence within the three years should not have been wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving full-time education.

Being temporarily absent from the relevant residency area due to employment or study abroad would not usually affect where you claim ordinary residence, if you can show that you would have continued to remain in the relevant residency area but for the temporary absence.

This requirement will be specific to your individual circumstances. You may be required to provide evidence as part of your fee status application to show that you were ordinarily resident in the relevant residency area and/or evidence of your temporary absence in order to be classified for ‘home’ fee status.  

UKCISA provides further information on the meaning of ‘ordinary residency’ here.

Fee status for EU, EEA and Swiss students

Most EU, EEA and Swiss students commencing their studies from October 2021 will now be classified with ‘overseas’ fee status. This follows the UK Government’s amendment of the relevant UK legislation and regulations relating to fee status.

There are some exceptions to this, subject to satisfying the legislative requirements (including residency requirements), for example, Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will usually still qualify for 'home' fee status.

UKCISA guidance on the new eligibility rules sets out a complete list of categories of students (grouped by theme) here.

UK Government Guidance along with information on the EU Settlement Scheme (which ended 30th June 2021) can be found here.

Tuition fee status for students living in the Crown Dependencies (Islands)

From October 2021, new and continuing students from the Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) who meet the ordinary residence requirements above, will be eligible for ‘home’ fee status.

Students who may also qualify for ‘home’ fee status

This is a general summary of the main criteria for ‘home’ fee status classification, but there are many other categories of students who would also qualify for ‘home’ fee status which are not covered here.

All students should consult the UK government guidance and UKCISA websites for information on the eligibility criteria applicable to them, this can be found here.

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.

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.

Disclaimer

The information above is intended to be a general guide to tuition fee status. The decision made by the University in respect of a student’s fee status will be subject to the relevant UK legislation and guidance in force at the time of the student’s application to study at the University. This advice above may therefore be subject to change.

Students should be aware that being classified for ‘home’ fee status does not mean you will be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England. You should consult the guidance provided by Student Finance England on whether you qualify for student finance support for your course.”