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.


  • 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

Fee Status

UK CISA regulations from March 15 2015 – changes to status of child of Swiss National (Swiss parents living in Switzerland).

As of next year, current seniors (starting university Sept 2015) may be affected. Should have a family member as well as the student resident in UK. You can be expected to be classed as an international student, unless you can prove residency in the UK or Europe (length of time?).

Living in UK since Aug 1 is legal definition of 1st day of academic year. One university has said then you can be home status (when residence since Aug 1 is proved). Scotland may be different. Probably because Switzerland has chosen to move away from the EU.

Large differences in offers with regard to fee status (Home/EU or International). International students more likely to get an offer and these tend to be lower (especially in Scotland).