Higher education (HE) courses include HNC and HND courses, undergraduate degrees (for example, BA, BSc, BEd), and postgraduate degrees (for example, MA, MSc, PhD).
If you are going to start your course on or after 1 August 2021:
If you are going to start your higher education course on or after 1 August 2021, there is a special pdf guide for you, which you should read instead of this page. The only reason you should carry on looking at this page is if you think you will fit one of the following categories, in which case you should open up that category on this page:
- Long residence in the UK (7 years minimum)
- Refugee and family
- Humanitarian protection and family
- Stateless leave and family
- Section 67 leave
- Calais leave
- Bereaved partner
- Domestic violence or domestic abuse
- Discretionary leave and family
The pdf guide you should read if you are going to start your higher education course on or after 1 August 2021 (and you do not fit one of the categories listed above) is here:
pdf guide 'Who pays 'home' fees for higher education in Northern Ireland?'
The pdf guide has been produced because particularly big changes are being made to all the categories except the ones listed above.
If you will start your course before 1 August 2021:
If you will start your course before 1 August 2021, you can carry on reading this web page.
The rules about who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education courses in Northern Ireland are set by the Northern Ireland Assembly (they are not set by UKCISA). They are set out in the following 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 you need to meet, to fit one those categories.
The requirements for each category are explained below. 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).
In some categories in Northern Ireland, some students pay a higher rate of ‘home’ fee than others (for example, it might be £9,250 instead of £4,530 for an undergraduate course). If this applies to a category you are looking at, you will find information about it towards the end of the category. It is not true of all categories.