Definitions for determining tuition fee status
What is fee status?
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 or international student.
Following the UK departure from the European Union, the rules for determining fee status have undergone significant change. UKCISA have produced a guide to help you navigate these changes and find out whether you can qualify for home fees:
Fee status guidance
The University determines your fee status based on the information you provide. Further details can also be viewed at:
- Fees and student support information on the UKCISA website.
- Student Finance England eligibility rules for home fee status and student finance for the 2021/22 academic year (PDF) produced by the Department for Education.
If you qualify for home fees it may not automatically follow that you will qualify for student funding and vice versa. There are separate qualifying categories for Government student support.
UK (home) students
If you qualify for home fee status this means that you can be charged home fees. It is important to be aware that many fee status categories require you to meet the conditions at the start of your course, and as such while fee status can be reconsidered during your course, only very few categories allow a fee status once set, to be changed after the start of the course.
There are number of qualifying categories. You will need to meet all the criteria in any one of the categories to be eligible. A comprehensive overview is provided within UKCISA’s guide to home fees (PDF). We have covered the main category below.
You may find that you meet more than one category, if you do, seek advice from the UWE Bristol Student Money Service or UKCISA to find out which category best suits your circumstances and offers you the most support.
Three years in UK and islands, settled in UK
This is the category that most home UK students will meet. To qualify under this category, you must, on the first day of the academic year in which the course starts (1 September for courses starting in the autumn and 1 January for those starting in the spring):
- have 'settled status' in the UK. 'Settled status' meaning to have no restriction on your length of stay in the UK. To be settled you must either be a British Citizen, Republic of Ireland Citizen, have the 'Right of Abode' or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK.
- be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course.
- 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.
Other ways to be allocated home fee status
In addition to the above category, there are other ways that you can be allocated home fee status, as explained on the UKCISA website. This is a very complex area. See the tuition fee information on the UKCISA website if you require further guidance.
UK full-time students living abroad at the time of application
If you applied for a place at UWE Bristol while you were living abroad temporarily, please make sure you apply to Student Finance for assessment for living cost and tuition fee support.
Continuing EU students
If you are a continuing EU student and started your course before academic year 21/22, you will remain under the current rules for the length of your course. If you undertake a new course, or a change occurs during your studies that breaks this link such as changing your mode of attendance, you will then be assessed under the new rules. Do seek advice from the Student Money Service if this applies to you.
New EU students covered by the Withdrawal Agreements
While many of the EU categories have changed for 21/22, if you are an EU, other EEA or Swiss national, or a family member who is covered by the Withdrawal Agreements (for example hold settled or pre-settled status) and meet the residency requirements, you will continue to have access to apply for home fee status and student financial support.
If you are not covered by the Withdrawal Agreements, and cannot meet the residency requirements, please refer to our international student information.
If you are unsure about eligibility for home fees and funding please contact the Student Money Service.
If you qualify for home fees and student finance, and already hold a higher education qualification, you may not be eligible for any further funding. Please refer to our fees and funding information for students who already hold a higher education (HE) qualification.
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'.
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 your fee status is incorrect and you should be assessed as a home (UK) student, please email firstname.lastname@example.org straight after you hear of this fee status assessment.
A fee status questionnaire will be sent to you via your welcome website once you have submitted an application, and this will be used to determine your fee status. You may be asked for further evidence.
Supporting evidence could include:
- relevant endorsements in your passport relating to your immigration status
- date of arrival in the EU or the UK
- 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 ten years
- address details for the past three years.
It is important that you provide as much information as possible to enable us to make a correct fee assessment.