England: fee status

Last modified: 30 July 2019

Please read the information on Home or Overseas fees? before looking at our explanations of the fees regulations, and guidance, below. Remember that, in the context of these regulations/guidance, certain terms mean what is explained for them in the Definitions (at the bottom of this page) and not what you might interpret from an ‘everyday’ understanding of the words.

Higher Education

Last modified: 25 March 2019

There are two relevant sets of fees regulations in England, both of which have been amended several times by subsequent regulations:

The 'Fees and Awards' regulations provide for students on postgraduate courses.

The 'Qualifying Courses and Persons' regulations provide mainly for undergraduate courses, where students are on ‘qualifying courses’ funded by the funding council in England (the regulations still refer to the 'Higher Education Funding Council for England' [HEFCE], but this body has now been replaced by the Office for Students). The ‘Qualifying Courses and Persons’ regulations will be replaced by The Higher Education (Fee Limit Condition) (England) Regulations 2017, as amended, on 1 August 2019.

The information, below, explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a higher education (HE) course in England. If you meet all the criteria required by any one category, including any residence requirements, your institution must charge you a 'home' fee rate.

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

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

3. EU nationals, and family

4. ‘EU Nationals in the UK’

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

6. EEA/Swiss workers, and family

7. Child of a Swiss National

8. Child of a Turkish worker

9. Refugees, and family

10. Those granted humanitarian protection, and family

11. Those granted stateless leave, and family

12. Long Residence

13. Those with section 67 leave

Further Education for 16-18s

Last modified: 30 July 2019

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2019-20 academic year onwards if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying a FE course (which is not an Apprenticeship course) in England; and
  • aged 16-18 years on 31 August in the funding year in which you start your course.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on their funding criteria can be found here.

1. EEA citizens (including British Citizens)

2. People with Right of Abode in the UK

3. People with no restrictions on working in the UK (eg people with Indefinite Leave)

4. People accompanying/joining specified family members in the UK

5. Children of diplomats

6: Asylum seekers or those under the care of a local authority

7. People with Refugee status, and specified family members

8. People with Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary/Exceptional Leave in the UK, and specified family members

9. Recently settled

10. Children of Turkish Workers

11. People granted leave under the ‘Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act

12. Apprenticeship students

13. Exceptional circumstances

14. Calais leave

Further Education for 19 and older

Last modified: 30 July 2019

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2019-20 academic year onwards if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying a FE course (which is not an Apprenticeship course) in England; and
  • aged 19 years or over on 31 August in the funding year in which you start your course.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on the ESFA's funding criteria can be found here.

1. EEA nationals with three years' ordinary residence in the EEA

2. Family of EEA nationals, with three years' ordinary residence in the EEA

3. Family of EEA/EU nationals, who have not been ordinarily resident in the EEA

4. People with Right of Abode in the UK

5. People with Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK, and family

6. People with Refugee Status, and family

7. People with Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary / Exceptional Leave, Leave Outside the Rules, and family

8. Non-EEA citizens with three years' ordinary residence in the UK

9. Asylum seekers

10. Stateless leave, and family

11. Child of a Turkish worker

12. Apprenticeship students

13. 'Dubs' amendment leave, and family

14. Calais leave, and family

15. Armed forces personnel

Further Education: Apprenticeship courses

Last modified: 30 July 2019

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2019-20 academic year onwards if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying an Apprenticeship course in England; and
  • aged 16 years or over.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on their funding criteria can be found here.

1. EEA nationals with three years' ordinary residence in the EEA

2. Family of EEA nationals, with three years' ordinary residence in the EEA

3. Family of EEA/EU nationals, who have not been ordinarily resident in the EEA

4. People with Right of Abode in the UK

5. People with Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK, and family

6. People with Refugee Status, and family

7. People with Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary / Exceptional Leave (including Calais Leave), Leave Outside the Rules, and family

8. People granted leave under the ‘Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act, and family

9. Non-EEA citizens with three years' ordinary residence in the UK

10. Asylum seekers

11. Child of a Turkish worker

12. Stateless leave, and family

13. Students aged 16-18 years

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 16 November 2018

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

Relevant family members of EEA workers

Relevant family members of Swiss workers

Meaning of 'child'


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