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.
Places for Home fee students are limited, consequently we are required to establish fee status prior to making a decision on your application. There are two categories of fee status, Home and Overseas and assessments are based on the information and facts that you provide at the time of your initial application to the school.
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 within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 on the 'first day of 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.
NOTE: For LSE the ' first day of the academic year of the course' is 1 September.
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 or Humanitarian Protection, and their families.
Asylum seekers would not ordinarily qualify for the Home UK fee status. However, LSE has two financial awards available for asylum seekers to the UK. Please see the Asylum seeker award page for more information.
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 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.
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.
Changes to your fee status during your programme.
In most cases fee status cannot be amended after you have registered at the school, however certain categories under certain rules mean you may become entitled to the lower fee rate. If you think your fee status should be re-assessed, please follow the guidance below on requesting an assessment and submit documents as a registered student.
Please be aware that if you obtain 'indefinite leave to remain' after the first day of the first academic year of your programme (1 September in the year that your programme started), your fee status will not change.
The exceptional circumstances under which fee status may change are listed on the UKCISA website.
If you feel you have been wrongly classified
If after reading all the information and consulting the UKCISA website you believe that the School should reconsider your fee status please complete our fee classification questionnaire [PDF] and send it with supporting documentation to the appropriate address below:
Fee Assessments (Postgraduate)
Graduate Admissions Office
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7160
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 6137
Fee Assessments (Undergraduate)
Undergraduate Admissions Office
London WC2A 2AE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7125
Fax: +44 (0) 20 7955 6001
International students requiring further information on visas and immigration can contact the International Student Immigration Service.