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Fee classification

Find out whether you qualify to pay fees at the Home/ROI rate for some or all of your course. For further information, please visit the UKCISA website.

Information for applicants from the EU, EEA and Switzerland

Please note that 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 continue to be charged fees at the ‘Home’ rate for the duration of their course. At present we are awaiting clarification from the UK Government in relation to some of the rules and criteria for granting ‘Home’ fee status to certain EU nationals who qualify for ‘Settled Status’ under UK law, and for clarity in relation to other EEA nationals who may qualify for Home fees in certain circumstances - we will update the webpages when we have further information. For the time being, we have removed information that could potentially cause confusion.

People who may qualify to pay the Home/ROI fee rate

UK nationals and those with indefinite leave to remain in the UK (ILR)

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of the first academic year of their course:

  1. is settled in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971; and
  2. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  3. has not been ordinarily resident as above for the main purpose of receiving full-time education at any point during the past three years.

It is not possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of a course.

Refugees

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. is a refugee recognised by the UK Government; or
  2. is the spouse/civil partner of such a refugee and was the spouse or civil partner of that person on the date of their asylum application to the Home Office; or
  3. is the child of such a refugee or that refugee's spouse or civil partner, and was the child of that refugee etc on the date of their asylum application to the Home Office; and
  4. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  5. has not ceased to be ordinarily resident in the UK since the date that they were recognised as a refugee; or
  6. has not ceased to be ordinarily resident in the UK since the date that they were given leave to remain in the UK, if they are the spouse/civil partner or child etc of a refugee.

For the purposes of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 at the time of the principal’s asylum application to the Home Office and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild.

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of any year of the course.

Persons granted Humanitarian Protection, and family

Changes to the Government regulations on fees from 1 August 2019 mean that students in this category will now have to demonstrate ordinary residence in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. has been granted Humanitarian Protection as a result of an application for asylum; and
  2. has been granted leave to enter or remain accordingly; and
  3. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and has been ordinarily resident throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
  4. is the spouse/civil partner or child of such a person, and was such at the time of their asylum application to the Home Office; and
  5. was ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and has been ordinarily resident throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course.

For the purpose of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 at the time of the principal’s asylum application to the Home Office and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild. 

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions at the start of any year of the course.

Persons granted Stateless Leave to Remain, and family

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, whose course began after 1 August 2018, and who on the first day of an academic year of their course:

  1. has extant leave to remain as a stateless person under the Immigration Act 1971, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since they were granted such leave; or
  2. is the spouse/civil partner or child of such a person, and was such on the date of application for this leave; and
  3. is or was ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  4. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course.

For the purpose of this section ‘child’ refers to a person who was under 18 on the date of the principal’s application to the Home Office for stateless leave to remain and includes a person adopted in pursuance of adoption proceedings and a stepchild. 

It may be possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions at the start of any year of the course.

Long residence

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation: the student, whose course began after 1 August 2016, and who on the first day of the first academic year of their course:

  1. is under the age of 18 and has lived in the UK throughout the seven-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course; or
  2. is aged 18 years old or above and, preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course, has lived in the UK throughout either half their life, or a period of twenty years; and
  3. is ordinarily resident in the UK; and
  4. has been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of their course; and
  5. has not been ordinarily resident as above for the main purpose of receiving full-time education at any point during the said three year period.

It is not possible to become eligible for Home fee status by meeting these conditions after the start of a course.

Section 67 leave

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2019.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

  1. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  2. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  3. on the first day of an academic year of the course, you must be either: a) a person with Section 67 leave (it doesn’t matter if the Section 67 leave is for a limited period, or an indefinite period); or b) a dependent child of a person with Section 67 leave, who has been granted leave for the same period; and
  4. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands throughout the period since being granted your leave.

Person granted Indefinite Leave as a victim of domestic violence or abuse

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2020.

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

1. you must be a person who has been granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK under any of the following provisions of the immigration rules, as defined in section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971(4)

(i) paragraph 289B (victims of domestic violence);

(ii) paragraph D-DVILR.1.1. of Appendix FM (victims of domestic abuse); or

(iii) paragraph 40 of Appendix Armed Forces (victims of domestic violence: partners of members of the armed forces);

2. you must have been ordinary resident in the UK and Islands since you were granted such leave; and

3. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

Persons granted Calais leave to remain

This category is only for students who are starting a course on/after 1 August 2020. 

The following criteria must be met to be eligible to pay the Home/ROI fee rate under this regulation:

1. you must be a person granted Calais leave, which means “a person who has extant leave to remain in the UK under paragraph 352J, 352K, 352L or 352T (Calais leave and “leave in line” granted by virtue of being a dependent child of a person granted Calais leave) of the immigration rules, as defined in section 33(1) of the Immigration Act 1971”;

2. you must have been ordinary resident in the UK and Islands since you were granted such leave; and

3. you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

4. you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course.

The First Day of the Academic Year

In the information provided above, the terms 'first day of an academic year of the course' and 'first day of the first academic year of the course' have a particular meaning defined by the government. These dates are different from the Oxford term dates. The ‘first day’ is 1 September, 1 January, 1 April, 1 July closest to the beginning of the first term of the first academic year of the person's course (or the first term of an academic year, where relevant).

Ordinary Residence 

According to UKCISA, a person is ordinarily resident in the relevant residence area (which depends on the category and its qualifying conditions) if he or she has habitually, normally and lawfully resided in that area from choice.

Temporary Absence 

A person shall be treated as ordinarily resident in the relevant area if he or she would have been so resident at the relevant time but for the fact that a spouse or civil partner, parent, guardian, or any other person having parental responsibility for him or her, is or was temporarily employed outside the area in question. For these purposes, temporary employment includes any period a member of the regular armed forces of a relevant country serves outside of the relevant area as a member of such forces.

Further Information

Please direct any questions about fee status to the Student Fees Team.