Fee Status Classification
From 2014, The University of Law charged different fees for 'Home'; (UK/EU) students and 'Overseas'; students (all those not satisfying the 'Home'; fee status).
The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 govern the definition of 'home' (UK/EU) and 'overseas' students for the purpose of fees. These regulations enable individual institutions to classify the fee status of students. The onus is on individual students to satisfy the institution that they meet the criteria to be classified as home status for the purpose of fees.
Assessments are based on the information and facts that you provide at the time of your initial application to the University.
Only certain categories of students will be charged home fee. You should always consult UKCISA for the most up to date information. A summary is given below.
Home UK fee eligibility
In order to qualify as a home UK student, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- You must be 'settled' in the UK on the 1st September prior to the first academic year of the course
- You must also have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK on the 'first day of the first academic year of the course'
- You must have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and Islands (the Islands means the Channel Islands and Isle of Man) for the full three year period before the 'first day of the first academic year of the course'
- 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.
The following categories of students may also qualify for the 'home' fee:
- Refugees (recognised by the UK government) and their spouses/civil partners and children; and
- Persons who applied for asylum and as a result have been granted Exceptional Leave, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave, and their families.
Home EU fee eligibility
In order to qualify as a home EU student, you must meet all of the following criteria:
- 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;
- 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'.
- 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 the 'home' EU fee:
- EU nationals or 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.
- Turkish worker (Child of)
- Immigrants who are formally recognised as having Refugee status in the UK prior to 1 September before the start of the course.
The above is only a very brief summary and there are a number of exceptions to the above conditions. For more detailed information, and to see whether you fall into any of these, or any other category, please refer to the UKCISA guide 'Will I pay Home or Overseas fees?'
UKCISA -The UK Council for International Student Affairs has a range of information on their website on all aspects of the International student experience including fees, funding and student support.
If you feel you have been wrongly classified
If after reading all the information and consulting the UKCISA website you believe that The University should reconsider your fee status please send an email confirming the reason you believe you have been incorrectly assessed and send it with supporting documentation to the appropriate address below:
International students requiring further information on visas and immigration can contact the International Visa office on firstname.lastname@example.org.