Important change for 'Island' students in England

11 May 2021

If you are from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man and are not currently paying ‘home’ fees for a higher education course in England, then you will be interested in a change to the fee regulations that will happen on 1 August 2021.

Currently there is a provision in the regulations that means British citizens (and people with indefinite leave) who live in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man (‘the Islands’) are regarded as not being ordinarily resident in the UK, if they come to the UK for a course. They are treated as though they remain ordinarily resident in ‘the Islands’. The effect of this is that they don’t meet the requirements to be a ‘home’ fee payer under the category for ‘Those who are ‘settled’ in the UK’.

That provision is disappearing from the regulations on 1 August 2021.

If you are from the Islands and are not currently paying ‘home’ fees, talk to your fee assessor about how this change will affect you. If you arrived in time for the relevant date at the start of your course (1 September in the case of autumn starters), then you might be entitled to pay ‘home’ fees, because of this change (even if you are part-way through your course). You will need to meet all the requirements of the new ‘3 years in UK and Islands, settled in UK’ category, which are explained on page 10 of this pdf. If you meet those requirements, you will pay ‘home’ fees for all the years of your course that start from 1 August 2021 onwards.

It means there will be no need for institutions to have an ‘Island’ rate of fee.