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Fee status

Course fees are charged at one of three rates depending on your fee status. From 2021/22 these fee statuses will be: Home/Republic of Ireland (Home/ROI), Islands and Overseas.

Information for applicants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Following an announcement by the Universities Minister on 23 June 2020, EU fee status students starting a course in 2021/22 will no longer be eligible to pay fees at the ‘Home’ rate and will instead be charged the higher ‘Overseas’ rate. This change will not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, who will be charged fees at the ‘Home/ROI’ rate for the duration of their course.

Please note that the University is still awaiting clarification on the status of EU nationals who are granted Settled Status under the EU Settlement Scheme and of EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefiting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. This page will be updated as soon as more information is provided. For more information on Brexit please refer to the Oxford and the EU web page.

How is my fee status decided?

Which rate you are charged depends on your nationality, your immigration status in the UK, where you have been living and what you have been doing for the three years prior to the start of your course.

The University applies government regulations to assess which rate a student should be charged. The same regulations are applied at all English universities (other UK universities use similar regulations) but each institution is expected to make its own assessment, which cannot be influenced by the decision of another institution.

The information provided here is intended as a guide only. Assessments of fee status are carried out on an individual basis and take into account the circumstances of each applicant. Assessments cannot be carried out until an application for admission has been made. The definitions adopted by the University to classify students as 'Home/Republic of Ireland' for fees purposes can be found on the fee classification page, which you can access from the right-hand side of this page.

UKCISA is a national advisory body that provides general guidance on international student issues. More information about fee status assessment is available on the UKCISA websitePlease note that UKCISA does not carry out assessments of individual circumstances.

The table below gives a summary of each classification:

Home/Republic of Ireland (standard)

Generally speaking, if you are a UK or Irish national and you have lived all of your life in the UK or Republic of Ireland, you will pay fees at either the Home/ROI (standard) or Home/ROI (ELQ) fee rate. If you are reading for your first qualification at your intended level of study, then you will pay fees at the Home/ROI (standard) rate.

Islands

If you are a UK national who is normally resident in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man you will be assessed as an Islands student. For new entrants, Islands fees are aligned with the Home/EU rate for your course, with the exception of Clinical Medicine and all Year 2 onwards of Graduate Entry Medicine, which charge significantly higher fees.

Overseas

Generally speaking, if you are not an EU national and you have not lived in the EU, you will pay fees at the Overseas fee rate. Even if you have been living in the EU, it is unlikely that you will pay fees at one of the Home/EU rates if you need a time-limited visa to live in the UK.

Can my fee status change?

It is not usually possible for your fee status to change once your course has started, except in certain specific circumstances allowed under the government legislation. These circumstances include if you or a relevant family member is recognised as a refugee or is granted humanitarian protection (and you can meet the residency requirement). Further guidance is available on the UKCISA website or from the Student Fees Team. A change in fee status is not automatic and you should contact the Student Fees Team if you think you might be eligible. 

Unless you meet the circumstances above, it is not usually possible for your fee status to change for Year 4 of an integrated Master's qualification (for example, MMath) or for the clinical part of the BM BCh qualification.

If you start a new course, then your fee status is re-assessed. If your circumstances have changed since you started your previous course, it may be possible for your fee status to change, although this is not automatic.

Equivalent and Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee

If you started your course before August 2012 and would otherwise have met the criteria for Home/EU fees but already hold a qualification at an equivalent or higher level to the qualification you are studying for, then you may pay fees at the ELQ rate if there is a separate ELQ rate for your course. Special ELQ fees do not apply to any student commencing their studies after August 2012.

Example situations

I am a dual UK/Canadian national, but I've never lived in the UK. Can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, fee status is based on your nationality and where you were living for the three years immediately before the start of your course. Although you are a UK national, you have never lived in the UK so you do not qualify to pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate.

I'm in the UK on a visa; can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, you have a time limit on the length of time you can stay in the UK. You need to have indefinite leave to remain in the UK (no restrictions on your residence in the UK), and have been in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of your course not for the main purpose of education to be considered for Home/Republic of Ireland fee status. The exception to this is if you meet the criteria for Long Residence, details of which can be found on the UKCISA website. Please note that the University is still awaiting clarification on the status of EU nationals who are granted 'Settled Status' under the EU Settlement Scheme.

I'm a French national and I have lived in France throughout most of my life. Can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, as an EU national living in the EU you would not be entitled to pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland (ROI) rate. Once the government provides further guidance on which categories of students can be charged Home/ROI fees, some EU, EEA and Swiss students living in the UK may qualify for Home/ROI fees but this would not affect students who do not live in the UK.

I'm an Irish national living in the Republic of Ireland. What level of fees will I pay?

Irish students who have lived in the Republic of Ireland for at least three years before the start of their course are charged fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate due to the Common Trade Agreement between the UK and the Republic of Ireland which has been formed following the UK exit from the EU.

I am a dual UK/Canadian national, but I've never lived in the UK. Can I pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate?

No, fee status is based on your nationality and where you were living for the three years immediately before the start of your course. Although you are a UK national, you have never lived in the UK so you do not qualify to pay fees at the Home/Republic of Ireland rate.

More information

If you have received an offer of a place, have read all the information here and on the UKCISA website, but are still not sure what fees you are likely to pay, or if you are a current student and would like a re-assessment of your status, complete the fee questionnaire and contact the Student Fees Team for an assessment.

We do not normally carry out assessments if you have not yet received an offer of a place from the University.