England: fee status

Last modified: 11 February 2021
This page provides explanations of the fees regulations and guidance which underpin fee status assessment in England for the 2020/21 academic year.
 
This information only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students starting courses from 1 August 2021 onwards, which the Government published on 8 February 2021. Those new regulations are long and complex, and the Government has not yet issued important guidance on how they should be interpreted. It will therefore be a few weeks before UKCISA is able to update the information on this page. In particular, there will be significant changes to categories 1 to 8 for students starting courses from 1 August 2021 onwards. There will be no changes to categories 9 to 15. For some background information on the announcements the Government made in the lead up to releasing the new regulations, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.
 
Before you look at this page, you should also read our introductory info about 'Home' and 'Overseas' fees and find out if your course is in higher education (HE) or further education (FE).
 
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: 19 December 2020

This information only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students starting courses from 1 August 2021 onwards, which the Government published on 8 February 2021. Those new regulations are long and complex, and the Government has not yet issued important guidance on how they should be interpreted. It will therefore be a few weeks before UKCISA is able to update the information on this page. In particular, there will be significant changes to categories 1 to 8 for students starting courses from 1 August 2021 onwards. There will be no changes to categories 9 to 15. For some background information on the announcements the Government made in the lead up to releasing the new regulations, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

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 info below explains the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a HE course in England. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or further education (FE).

There are two relevant sets of fees regulations in England:

The regulations are amended by the Government from time-to-time. Keep an eye on this page as we will update it whenever amendments are made.

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 (or British Citizens), and family

4. ‘EU Nationals in the UK’

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

6a. EEA/Swiss workers, and family

6b. Child of a former EEA migrant worker

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

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

15. Persons granted Calais leave to remain

Further Education for 16-18s

Last modified: 11 February 2021

Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on ESFA-funded FE courses in England. Check with your institution as to whether or not your course is funded by the ESFA. If not, then your institution should assess you under The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (see our HE info). Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2020-21 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 on the ESFA's website.

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

15. People with British National Overseas (BNO) visas

 

Further Education for 19 and older

Last modified: 02 February 2021

Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of FE in England. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2020-21 academic year 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

14. Calais leave

15. Armed forces personnel

Further Education: Apprenticeship courses

Last modified: 02 February 2021

If you are on an Apprenticeship course, you will be eligible as a 'home' student in the 2020-21 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 (main providers) can be found here.

1. EEA nationals (including UK 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: 19 December 2020

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. 


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