Fee Status – Home, EU or Overseas?
Publicly funded higher-education institutions in the UK typically charge two tiers of fees – a lower ‘Home/EU’ fee, and a higher ‘Overseas’ fee.
Your fee status can be determined by various criteria, often tied to residency rather than nationality or citizenship.
In order to qualify for ‘Home’ fees, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- (a) you must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course
- (b) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course
- (c) you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands (the Islands means the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for the full three year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course (for example, if your course began in October 2014, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 September 2011 to 31 August 2014)
- (d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of that three-year period.
In order to qualify for ‘EU’ fees, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- (a) On the first day of an academic year of your course you must be a national of an EU country, or the ‘relevant family member’ of a non-UK EU national, and that non-UK EU national is in the UK as a self sufficient person or as a student; OR the ‘relevant family member’ of a UK national;
- (b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories for the three years before the ‘first day of the first academic year of the course’.
- (c) the main purpose of your residence in the EEA/Switzerland (or the overseas territories if applicable) must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.
The following may also qualify for ‘EU’ fees:
- EU nationals or the their children provided that they have been resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of the course.
- EEA and Swiss workers, their spouses, civil partners and children in the UK who have been resident in the EEA or Switzerland for three years.
- Children of Turkish workers
- Immigrants who are formally recognised as having Refugee status in the UK prior to the start of the academic year of the start of the course.
The UK held a referendum on 23 June 2016 to decide whether it will remain in the European Union. The result of the referendum was that 51.9% of those who voted chose to leave the EU.
Currently the UK remains a member of the EU and, therefore, there is no immediate change to the position of EEA nationals in the UK.
Please be aware that regulation regarding fee status is subject to change, and that there are several exceptions and details to the above criteria. You may wish to read the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) guidance on Fee Status for the most up-to-date and thorough information.