Definitions for determining tuition fee status

Science teaching staff and students

The tuition fees for which you are liable and the financial support available to you depend upon the programme of study that you follow and whether you are classed as a Home (UK) student, European Union (EU) student, Offshore student or International student.

If you are a full-time or sandwich Home (UK) or EU undergraduate student and already hold an HE (Higher Education) qualification, you may not be eligible for any funding. Please refer to the fees and funding information for undergraduate students who already hold a HE qualification.

UK (home) students

UK students are defined as those who, on the first day of the academic year in which the programme starts (1 September for programmes starting in the autumn and 1 January for those starting in the Spring):

have 'settled status' in the UK. 'Settled status' means having no restriction on length of stay in the UK. To be settled you must either have the 'Right of Abode' or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK or have the right of permanent residence in the UK. If your passport describes you as a British Citizen, then you have the Right of Abode. EU nationals other than those from the UK do not have 'settled status' unless they have applied for and been granted 'Indefinite Leave to Remain', regardless of the length of their stay in the UK.

and

are 'ordinarily resident' in the UK. People whose main home is in the UK are considered to be 'ordinarily resident' even if they have been temporarily absent for a (possibly lengthy) period of time.

and

have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for three preceding years, but not wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving full-time education.

There are three main exceptions to this definition:

  • refugees granted Indefinite Leave to Remain and people who have been granted 'Humanitarian Protection' as a result of an application for asylum. The spouse, civil partner, and sometimes the children of this group, are also exceptions to the main definition.
  • European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss national 'migrant workers', their spouses, civil partner and children and other relevant family members. This means EEA and Swiss nationals who are staying in the UK in order to work or seek work.
  • EU nationals who previously lived in the EEA and came to live in the UK for three or more years before the first day of the first year that the programme starts.

This list is not exhaustive and this is a complex area. See the tuition fee information on the UKCISA website if you require further guidance.

European Union (EU) students

EU students are EU nationals or the children of EU nationals who meet the 'ordinarily resident' criteria in the European Economic Area and have not been resident wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education.

Offshore students

Offshore students are those who meet the 'ordinarily resident' criteria in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man. Relocation to the UK mainland solely for the purpose of study is not sufficient to change the classification of 'offshore student'.

International students

Students who do not satisfy any of the above are classed as international students. This list is not exhaustive and this is a complex area. If you think you fall into one of these groups and have not been assessed a Home (UK) student, contact our funding hotline to talk to an adviser about your fee status.

Supporting evidence could include:

  • relevant endorsements in your passport relating to your immigration status
  • date of arrival in the EU
  • permitted length of stay. (Please ensure that you send a photocopy of the relevant page of your passport and in addition, the pages containing your personal details.)
  • documents issued by the Home Office relating to your immigration status/details and places of residence over the past 10 years.

It is important that you provide as much information as possible, to enable us to make a correct fee assessment.

A fee status questionnaire will be sent to you via your welcome portal once you have submitted an application and this will be used to determine your fee status.

Note for UK full-time and sandwich students living abroad at the time of application to UWE.

If you applied for a place at UWE while you were living abroad temporarily, please make sure you apply to Student Finance England or the NHS Bursary Unit for assessment as a home student for UK government funded student support.

Page last updated 20 January 2014

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