If you are someone with Humanitarian Protection, or their spouse, civil partner or child, you need to know about a change that might affect you if you want to start an undergraduate course on or after 1 August 2019.
The Government’s regulations about who pays ‘home’ fees and who pays ‘overseas’ fees are changing. At the moment, to qualify for ‘home’ fees because of Humanitarian Protection, you do not need to have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three years leading up to the start of your course (‘the Islands’ are the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). But if you start an undergraduate course on or after 1 August 2019, then this will be a new requirement that applies to you. It does not matter whether you have the Humanitarian Protection yourself, or you are the spouse, civil partner or child of the person with Humanitarian Protection – as the new requirement applies to all of these groups.
If you have applied to start a course on or after 1 August 2019
If you have applied to start an undergraduate course on or after 1 August 2019, and have previously been told you will pay ‘home’ fees because of Humanitarian Protection, you should contact the university now, to ask how you are affected by the change.
If you have already started your course
If you are already on a course for which you pay ‘home’ fees because of Humanitarian Protection, but you will be moving into another year of the course on or after 1 August 2019, then you should check with your university that they do not plan to charge you ‘overseas’ fees for those later years. We do not expect they will do that, but it is worth confirming that with them now.
If you started your course before 1 August 2019 and are told that your fees for that course will change from ‘home’ to ‘overseas’ in the middle of the course, telephone the UKCISA Advice Line
If you start a new course on or after 1 August 2019, you will not be protected from the new requirement, it will apply to you.
Courses in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
The regulations are different in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, so this story has no relevance to you if you study there.