England: fee status

Last modified: 08 October 2021
Before you look at this page, you should read our introductory information about 'Home' and 'Overseas' fees and find out if your course is higher education (HE) or further education (FE).
 
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: 08 October 2021

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
  • Domestic violence or domestic abuse
  • Bereaved partner

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 England?'


The pdf guide has been produced because 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 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 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).

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: 24 August 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 either the 2020/21 or 2021/22 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 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.

Where a category has changed for the 2021/22 academic year, we have included details concerning the eligibility criteria for both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Where a category has remained unchanged for the new academic year, we have not made any changes to those respective categories as below. 

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

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: 22 September 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 either the 2020/21 or 2021/22 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.

Where a category has changed for the 2021/22 academic year, we have included details concerning the eligibility criteria for both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Where a category has remained unchanged for the new academic year, we have not made any changes to those respective categories as below. 

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 in the UK

2. Family members of UK and EEA nationals

3. UK nationals 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. Afghan locally engaged staff and family under the intimidation policy

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

10. Other non-UK nationals

11. Asylum seekers

12. Stateless leave, and family

13. Child of a Turkish worker

14. Apprenticeship students

15. 'Dubs' amendment leave

16. Calais leave

17. Armed forces personnel

Further Education: Apprenticeship courses

Last modified: 03 September 2021

If you are on an Apprenticeship course, you will be eligible as a 'home' student in either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic year 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 in the main providers document on the gov.uk website.

1. UK nationals

2. UK nationals in the EEA

3. EEA nationals in the UK

4. Family members of UK and EEA nationals

5. People with Right of Abode in the UK

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

7. People with Refugee Status, and family

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

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

10. Calais leave to remain

11. Afghan locally engaged staff under the intimidation policy and family

12. Non-UK nationals

13. Asylum seekers

14. Child of a Turkish worker

15. Stateless leave, and family

16. Students aged 16-18 years

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 08 October 2021

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). 


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