Fee Status 2015

Fee Status

  • EU – tuition fees only

  • Home – loans for all things

  • If they could be one or the other they could be strategic

  • Student Number Control – for Home-EU only

  • 2013 – unlimited numbers for high quality students – fixed for students with below AAB

  • 2015 – unlimited except for NHS (Medicine, Diatetics, Nursing) and Teaching (Teaching Agency sets number)

  • Overseas unlimited for English universities.

  • Declining student numbers in the UK – increasing internationalisation

  • Fee status determindes eligibility on the course and acoomodation.

  • Low fee status – Home-UE, Equivalent or Lower Qualification ELQ

  • High fee status – Overseas, Home Chnn

  • Ordinarily resident

  • Settled – both ordinarily resident in the UK and no immigration restriction on length of stay

  • Country of domicile, – country where permanent home is located.

  • Switzerland

  • France

  • New countries, changing visa systems etc

  • Unis must make their best judement.

  • UCAS INFO –

  • home address, country of birth, country of permanent residence, nationality – 2 can be declared, residence category, date of first entry into UK

  • How the unis assess fee status –

  • Residency – home address, school address and years of study, country of permanent residence, nationaily, personal statement

  • Non standard scenarios – dual nationals, Swiss national, EEA family members

  • Swiss nationals – often treated as overseas, but then can be Home-EU nearer the time (show residence…ordinarily resident in EEA for 3 years before 1st day of 1st academic year)

  • Temporary absence

  • If you think a university is making a mistake, mention if uni is only one to assess the student as particular fee status.

Colleague’s notes

  • Understanding Fee Status
  • Competition on courses may effect students’ motivations to be classified one way or another
    • For ex, with med, intl kids would rather not be classified overseas, but for history, in contrast, it is more competitive for domestic/EU kids… and yet the COST!
  • Students’ motivation should not effect students’ disclosure of information
  • Student Number Controls (SNC) has been slowly phased out
    • Whereas it was fixed in 2011, it is now only fixed for NHS (med) & teaching
  • Why is fee status important? Eligibility & accommodation (could be an advantage to be intl)
  • Terms & definitions (uni’s will vary in their decisions, fees, etc):
    • Low fee status – home, EU, equivalent or lower qualification
    • High fee status – overseas or home Channel Islands
    • Ordinarily resident – you have habitually, normally, and lawfully resided in that area from choice
    • Settled – being both ordinarily resident in the UK and without an immigration restriction on the length of your stay in the UK
    • Country of domicile – country where permanent home is located
  • Each university makes their own assessment (changing visa systems, varied circumstances)
  • See photos from PPT
  • Time spent in education (boarding school or prior school/uni) in the UK does NOT count toward residency, though that’s not necessarily true for those at boarding schools overseas
  • If the student has unlimited leave to remain in the UK (even on diplomatic status) then they could be eligible for domestic fees
  • Common non-standard scenarios:
    • Dual nationals
    • Swiss national
    • Refugee or asylum-seeker
    • EEA family members
    • Temporary absence
  • See photo from PPT for “Temporary absence” details
  • Useful docs for assessment:
    • Family home address (i.e. ownership, bills, taxes)
    • Passports and/or current visas
    • Record of travel to/from home country
    • Marriage certificates
    • Fee status questionnaire
  • Best resource: www.ukcisa.org.uk (yu-kee-zah)
  • Counsellor advised to meet with each student prior to confirming the firm/insurance choices to check on availability on course, knock on effect (fees, funding), other considerations
  • The earlier the fee status is sorted, the better (visa, funding/scholarships, accommodations/work)
  • When applying on UCAS and inputting residency/citizenship/housing, as often as possible demonstrate “settled”-ness in UK/EU if you have that passport as uni’s will look for any reason to classify students as overseas whenever possible
    • When classified as overseas by 1 choice and not by others, then raise the issue with the university and use the other domestic/EU offers as evidence/collateral