England: HE fee status

Last modified: 02 August 2022
Before you look at this page, you should read our introductory information about Home or Overseas fees: the basics and find out if your course is higher education (HE) or further education (FE). If your course is further education, read England: FE fee status instead of this page. 
 
On this page special definitions are used for some words. They don't have the meanings used in everyday life, because they are the definitions used in regulations. Look at the Definitions section (at the bottom of this page) to find out about them.
 
 

Higher Education

Last modified: 02 August 2022

Higher education (HE) courses include HNC and HND courses, undergraduate degrees (for example, BA, BSc, BEd), and postgraduate degrees (for example, MA, MSc, PhD).

The rules about who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education courses in England are set by the Government’s Department for Education (they are not set by UKCISA). They are set out in the following sets of regulations:

The regulations identify all the different ‘categories’ of student who can insist on paying the ‘home’ rate of fee. They set out all the requirements a student needs to meet, to fit one those categories.

If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you the ‘home’ fee rate. You only need to find one category that you fit into (if you fit more than one, that is not a problem).

The regulations can be difficult to understand, so UKCISA has provided this information to help you. 

There are lots of different categories to look at. Most of them are described in this pdf guide: 


The remaining categories are described below, numbered 1 to 10 - open up the section if you think one of them might apply to you.

1. Long Residence

2. Refugees, and family

3. Those granted humanitarian protection, and family

4. Those granted stateless leave, and family

5. Those with section 67 leave

6. Persons granted Calais leave to remain

7. Person granted indefinite leave as a victim of domestic violence or abuse

8. Those with indefinite leave as a bereaved partner

9. Persons granted leave under the Afghan Schemes

10. Evacuated or assisted British nationals from Afghanistan

11. Persons granted leave under the Ukraine Schemes




If you started your course before 1 August 2021:

If you started your course before 1 August 2021, you have more options available to you. All the categories described below (at letters A to I) are open to you, as well as the categories described in the pdf guide, and the categories described earlier on this web page (numbered 1 to 10).

So if you started your course before 1 August 2021, you have potential to use any of the following categories (if you meet every requirement listed for the particular category):

  • the categories described below (at letters A-I)
  • the categories described in the pdf guide
  • the categories described earlier on this web page (numbered 1 to 10)

You have to meet every requirement that is listed for the category you want to use. If there is a requirement listed that says you must start your course after a particular date, check if you meet it.  

A. Those who are 'settled' in the UK and meet the main residence requirements

B. Those who are 'settled' in the UK and have exercised a ‘right of residence’ in the EEA/Switzerland

C. EU nationals (or British Citizens), and family

D. ‘EU Nationals in the UK’

E. Those with the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK

F. EEA/Swiss workers, and family

G. Child of a former EEA migrant worker

H. Child of a Swiss National

I. Child of a Turkish worker

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 02 August 2022

This section has explanations about words and terms which occur in the information, above. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combined with the appropriate fee status category.

Dependent

European Economic Area (EEA)

European Union (EU)

First day of the academic year

Ordinary residence

Overseas Territories

Settled

UK and Islands

Relevant family members of EU nationals or British Citizens

Relevant family members of EEA workers

Relevant family members of Swiss workers

Meaning of 'child'

 

18 December 2020
Changes to reflect the end of the Brexit implementation period (January 2021) were made to categories 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8, and to the following definitions: 'European Union', 'Overseas Territories', 'Settled - Republic of Ireland citizen', 'Settled - Right of permanent residence in the UK' and 'Relevant family members of EU nationals'. 

19 December 2020
Heading of category 3 changed from 'EU nationals, and family' to 'EU nationals (or British Citizens), and family', for clarity. 

10 May 2021
Changes throughout to reflect widespread changes to categories from 1 August 2021. 

28 June 2021
Link to pdf guide made more prominent.

25 September 2021
Version 3 of pdf guide (25 September 2021) uploaded, to replace version 2 (28 May 2021). 

8 October 2021
Version 4 of pdf guide (8 October 2021) uploaded, to replace version 3 (25 September 2021). 

24 October 2021
Version 5 of pdf guide (24 October 2021) uploaded, to replace version 4 (8 October 2021). 

21 December 2021
Version 6 of pdf guide (21 December 2021) uploaded, to replace version 5 (24 October 2021). 

7 April 2022
Information on category 16, 'Persons granted leave under the Afghan Schemes' included.

3 May 2022
Layout of page adjusted for clarity.

6 May 2022
Information on category 8, 'Those with indefinite leave as a bereaved partner' included. Notes about expiring leave, and becoming eligible, added to the special status categories.  

19 May 2022
Full information on category 11, 'Persons granted leave under the Ukraine Schemes' added. Information on category 10, 'Evacuated or assisted British nationals from Afghanistan' added.

2 August 2022
Information on category 11, 'Persons granted leave under the Ukraine Schemes' amended, to delete requirement (c). 


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