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Assessment of fee status Study here

A guide for applicants

All applicants to the university must have their fees status determined as either home or overseas. This applies even if your fees are being paid by someone else for example the NHS.

A student’s fee status is determined by the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations and appropriate European Union legislation. The regulations are not set by the university and the university has no authority to over-ride them.

The regulations we use apply to higher education institutes in England.  Different regulations apply to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to colleges of further education and programmes attracting an NHS bursary.

Your fee status is based on the information provided by you on the Fee Assessment Form that you are sent by the Admission office. It is very important that you complete this form, attach the appropriate photocopied evidence required and return this all to the Admissions Office so that your fees status can be determined. If the form is not completed in full, not returned or there is evidence missing, your status will be determined as overseas.

A check on your fee status will also happens during the registration process when your identity and original documentation are verified.

For a summary of the regulations on fee assessment and advice please visit the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

What to do if you feel that your fee status has been wrongly assessed

If you feel that you have been incorrectly assessed you should appeal this as quickly as possible. The university is given a limit by the Government on the number of home fee paying students that it may admit. Therefore a change in your fee status to home may affect your offer of a place at the university.

How to appeal

The Fees Regulations are complex and it is essential that you read them before you submit an appeal, as any appeal that you make will need to be based on these regulations.
If you wish to appeal against your fee status you must specify the category that applies to your circumstances.  You must also submit evidence that supports the grounds for the appeal. Information on fees status is available from the United Kingdom Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

It is important to note that most categories of home fee status include a number of criteria.  You usually need to meet all of these if you are to be assessed as eligible for fees at the home rate so make sure that you read the guidance fully.

Appeals submitted without specifying the appropriate category (including all criteria relating to that category) or without the appropriate supporting evidence will be rejected.

Appeals must be submitted by e-mail to

The appeal must include the applicant’s:

First name and surname
Date of birth
Student id number
Specified grounds for appeal identifying the category and criteria that applies to the applicant
Appropriate supporting evidence.