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Understanding your tuition fee status

How the University determines your fee status and how this affects the tuition fees you pay.

What 'fee status' means

Your fee status depends on your nationality, where you live, and how long you have lived there. The University decides your fee status based on the information you give us. We will let you know your fee status in your offer letter if we can, but we might need to ask additional questions.

If you know your fee status, you can work out how much you will pay for your course tuition fees.

Home and Island students pay lower fees than Overseas students. This is because the University receives some additional funding to support teaching from the Office for Students (OfS).

The UK Government has announced that the tuition fee arrangements for EU students will change for students entering in 2021/22 onwards as a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union. The 2021/22 academic year begins on 1 August 2021, and these changes will impact students who start their studies on or after this date.

Fee status in England is governed by government regulations and any subsequent amendments:

Home fee status

If you have Home fee status, you will be charged fees based on the UK government’s fee level for the year. If you are applying for an undergraduate or taught postgraduate course, you may also be able to apply for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

You are likely to have Home status if:

  • you are a British or Irish citizen who has lived in the UK for three full years immediately before the first day of your course (except if you have lived there mainly for full-time education)
  • you have indefinite leave to remain or indefinite leave to enter and have lived in the UK for three full years immediately before the first day of your course (except if you have lived there mainly for full-time education) you have been granted refugee status or have humanitarian protection in the UK
  • you have been granted refugee status or have humanitarian protection in the UK
  • you live in the UK, you are the spouse, civil partner, or child of a British citizen and you have lived in the UK for three full years immediately before the first day of your course (except if you have lived there mainly for full-time education)
  • you have been living legally in the UK for an extended period (usually half your life)

You may also qualify for Home fee status if you would have met one of these criteria but:

  • you have been living outside the UK because you or your parent, spouse or guardian is temporarily employed abroad
  • you are a British citizen who has been living in an EEA member state or in Switzerland for three full years immediately before the first day of your course (except if you have lived there mainly for full-time education)

EU, EEA and Swiss citizens eligible for Home fee status

If you start your course during or before the 2020/21 academic year, you may be eligible for Home fees if:

  • you are an EU citizen who has lived in the UK, an EEA member state, or Switzerland for three full years immediately before the first day of your course (except if you have lived there mainly for full-time education)
  • you, or your parent, guardian, or spouse is a non-UK EEA or Swiss national who is living in the UK as a worker, and you have lived in the UK, an EEA member state, or Switzerland for three full years immediately before the first day of your course

Students eligible for Home fees under these criteria will remain eligible for the whole duration of their course.

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, if you start your course on or after the 1 August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for Home fees under these criteria.

If you are a citizen of an EU or EEA member state who have applied and been granted settled or pre-settled status (or the child, spouse, or civil partner of such a person), you may remain eligible for Home fees as part of the UK Government’s arrangements under the Withdrawal Agreement. The details of the eligibility criteria, in this case, have yet to be confirmed by the UK Government.

You can find detailed guidance on Home status from UKCISA, including explanations of the legal terms used in fee regulations.

Island fee status

If you have Island fee status, you will be charged fees based on the UK government’s fee level for the year.

You are likely to have Island fee status if:

  • you have been living in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man before the first day of your course, even if you are a British citizen
  • you have been living in the UK for full-time education for three full years before the first day of your course having moved there from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

If you have lived in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man but moved to the UK before the start of your course to work (or for your parent, guardian or spouse's work) then you may qualify for Home fee status.

Overseas fee status

If you do not have Home or Island fee staus you will have Overseas fee status. This is likely if:

  • you have not lived in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands for three full years immediately before the first day of your course
  • you live in the UK but have immigration restrictions about how long you can stay
  • you have lived in the UK but at any point in the three years immediately before the first day of your course your residency was mainly so you can receive full-time education

We may ask you in advance for written evidence that you, your family or sponsor can pay the tuition fees. You must make sure that you have sufficient resources to cover tuition as well as living expenses before you accept any offer we make to you. If you need further advice on how to fund your studies, contact Student Funding or the International Office.

Changing your fee status after accepting your offer

We will let you know what your status is in your offer letter. In some cases, we may ask you for additional information or ask you to fill in a Fee Status Questionnaire before we make a decision. It is very important that you provide us with full information before you become a registered student.

You can't change your fee status after you have accepted the terms of your offer, except under exceptional circumstances relating to your immigration status. For example, if you have been granted refugee status, or citizenship of the UK or another EU country, we may be able to consider changing your fee status, but you will need to provide the relevant admissions team with evidence of this change.

In most circumstances, you still need to meet any rules regarding where you have lived by the time you start your course regardless of any changes to nationality.