It is important to know your tuition fee status as it determines your annual tuition fee and what financial support you may be entitled to.
Your fee status is usually determined by your immigration status and your residency in the country where you normally live (where you are 'ordinarily resident') before starting your course.
We will use the guidance provided by UKCISA in determining your fee status.
Your fee status
You are likely to have a UK (also known as 'home') fee status if you:
- have 'settled' status in the UK (this means there are no immigration restrictions on your stay) and
- have lived in the UK as your ordinary place of residence for three years before you start your course and
- will be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of your course (this is 1 September for courses starting in September) and
- your reason for being in the UK is not to attend full-time education.
EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals living in the UK
If you are an EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish national living in the UK, you may also qualify for UK fee status. This will depend upon the start date of your course and whether you meet the requirements to pay ‘home’ fees.
Students starting before 1 August 2021
For EU, EEA and Swiss nationals who have started or who start courses before 1 August 2021, existing rules for ‘home’ fees and financial support will still apply. If you are already eligible to pay the ‘home’ rate of tuition fees, you will continue to do so for the duration of your course. For more information, please refer to the UKCISA website.
Students starting from 1 August 2021 onwards
Subject to legislation being made by the Welsh Government, you may have a UK fee status if you qualify as part of the agreed citizens’ rights under one of the various withdrawal agreements in one of the following categories:
- Family members of people of Northern Ireland
- Children of Swiss nationals
- Children of Turkish Workers
- British and Irish citizens under the Common Travel Area arrangement
UK nationals living in the EEA, Switzerland or Gibraltar
You may also be eligible for UK fee status if you are in one of the following categories:
- UK national living in the EEA and Switzerland
- UK and EU nationals resident in Gibraltar
Please note residency requirements will apply. Legislation to clarify eligibility under these arrangements is awaited from the Welsh Government and further details will be provided here once the legislation has been published.
EU, EEA, Swiss nationals not living in the UK
As a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union, the Welsh Government will cease providing support to EU nationals and their family members studying in Wales for courses starting from 1 August 2021.
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, unless you qualify for UK fee status under one of the categories detailed above, you are likely to have an EU fee status and tuition fees will be charged at the rate for 'Overseas' (also known as international) students.
You are likely to have an 'Island' fee status if you have been ordinarily resident in the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man before starting your course. You may therefore be eligible to apply for funding support from the governments of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to help with university costs.
Overseas (also known as International)
You are likely to have an Overseas (also known as International) fee status if you are not resident in the UK, EEA or Switzerland and do not meet any of the categories described above.
If you are an asylum seeker or the child of an asylum seeker, for some programmes you may be eligible for a tuition fee waiver. If so, your tuition fees will be reduced from the ‘Overseas’ fee to the 'home' fee charged for your course. Please be aware that your fee status will remain as an 'Overseas' student.
When you will find out your fee status
Most applicants will have their fee status confirmed at the point of offer. If we need further information from you when we receive your application, we’ll ask you to complete a fee status questionnaire. We are not able to make a decision on your fee status before you have submitted an application.
Requesting a review of your fee status
Applicants may request a review of their fee status by following the process laid out on the fee status page on our public information pages.