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Fee status classification

Fee status classification

The amount of tuition fees you will need to pay, and any financial support you are eligible for, will depend on whether you are classified as a Home or Overseas student. LSE assesses your fee status using The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 from the UK government’s Department of Education.

We assess your fee status using the information and facts that you provide at the time of your initial application to the school. We may need to ask for additional information in order to help us assess your fee status.

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.

Each programme has a separate home and overseas target. Consequently we are required to establish fee status prior to making a decision on your application. 

We have summarised below the most common categories of people who will pay Home fees for courses starting in autumn 2022. These are only the very basic details, and there are more categories. For more detailed information, including the full details of the 3-year residence requirement, please refer to the UKCISA guide 'England: fee status for Higher Education.'  

Home UK fee eligibility

British citizens:

On 1 September 2022 you are a British citizen, and you have been living in the UK and Islands, the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the UK overseas territories since 1 September 2019. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Irish citizens:

On 1 September 2022 you are an Irish citizen, and you have been living in the UK and Islands, the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the UK overseas territories since 1 September 2019. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Other EU nationals:

You have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, and you have been living in the UK and Islands, the European Economic Area, Switzerland or the UK overseas territories, since 1 September 2019. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Family members of British citizens:

You have been living in the UK and Islands since 1 September 2019. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Indefinite Leave

On 1 September 2022 you have Indefinite Leave (Permanent Residence) and you have been living in the UK and Islands since 1 September 2019. Gaining ILR after 1 September 2022 does not change your fee status. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Refugees, Humanitarian Protection

You or your relevant family member has been recognised by the UK government as a refugee or as someone with Humanitarian Protection. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide

Long residence

You may also qualify for home fee status if in the period immediately preceding 1 September 2019 you have been living lived in the UK either for half your life, or a period of twenty years. Since 1 September 2019 you have had formal immigration permission for the UK. For full details, see UKCISA’s guide.

Asylum seekers

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, the Access to Education Scholarships.

Changes to your fee status during your programme

If you believe that you have been incorrectly classified, please submit the Fee Classification Questionnaire (see below) to us no later than 31 October in the year you register. We are unable to consider fee status requests after this date. 

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.

If you feel you've been incorrectly 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)   

Email: ard.gao.fcq.team@lse.ac.uk

Fee Assessments (Undergraduate)
Please submit your documentation via email as we are unable to receive physical post.

Email: ug.admissions@lse.ac.uk 

International students requiring further information on visas and immigration can contact the International Student Visa Advice Team.