If you are already studying (or will start studying before 1 August 2021) and you pay ‘home’ fees because you fall into the category for ‘Those with the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK’, this story is for you. It only affects you if your course will continue after the end of July 2021.
The regulations that entitle you to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate are changing, and if you do not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme before the deadline for that scheme on 30 June 2021, you will not be able to insist on carrying on paying ‘home’ fees. Do not leave it until the last minute, do it now.
If you are Irish, you can ignore this warning - there is no need for you to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme, because Irish citizens are treated differently.
If you are someone who qualifies for ‘home’ fees because you fall into the category for ‘Those with the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK’ (and you are not an Irish citizen), then your institution will be entitled to do a check with you before you start any academic year of your course from 1 August 2021 onwards. If you did not make an in-time application for the EU Settlement Scheme then they will not be obliged to charge you ‘home’ fees for that year. This is because the category for ‘Those with the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK’ is being removed (even for people who are already on courses), and replaced by one for ‘3 years in UK and Islands, EUSS settled status connection’.
If you are in England, you can read about that replacement category on page 16 of this pdf (if you are in Wales or Northern Ireland, the pdf is not relevant to you).