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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, otherwise known as your fee status. LSE assesses your fee status based on guidelines provided by the Department of Education. 

The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 govern the definition of Home 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.

The below 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 'England: fee status for Higher Education.' 

The UK Government has confirmed that students from the EU, other EEA countries and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate: www.gov.uk/guidance/studying-in-the-uk-guidance-for-eu-students.

It is our current understanding that this does not apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. We are waiting for further clarification on the fee status rules from the UK Government and UKCISA. Until the UK Government publish further detailed guidance we are not able to revise the overseas fee status classification of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals.

Free detailed guidance and advice on fee status assessment is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/EU-EEA--Swiss-Students/Brexit---fees-and-Student-Support#layer-6760.

Information on tuition fee levels at LSE are available on our website https://info.lse.ac.uk/staff/divisions/Planning-Division/Table-of-Fees.  

We are currently reviewing the range of scholarships and bursaries we offer to EU students.

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. 

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 fees regulations on the 'first day of the first academic year of the course' 

AND

  • you must also have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK on the 'first day of the first academic year of the course'

AND

  • 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' (ie, between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2020 for students starting at LSE in September 2020)

AND

  • 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 family
  • persons who applied for asylum and as a result have been granted Exceptional Leave or Humanitarian Protection, and their families

Long residence

You may also qualify for home fee status if you have been ordinarily resident in the UK either for half your life or a period of twenty years (if you are aged 18 years old and above) or you have lived in the UK throughout the seven year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course (if you are under the age of 18).

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. 

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 eligible for home fees. The exceptional circumstances under which fee status may change are listed on the UKCISA website

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.

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)   
Graduate Admissions Office
LSE
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7955 7160

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.

We are now processing Fee Classification Questionnaires for 2021 entry. The deadline for reassessment for 2020 entry has passed.