Fee status enquiries
Students starting a new course
Our Admissions teams will assess your fee status prior to your registration with the University.
If you believe that your fee status is incorrect, you should contact Admissions to discuss it before
you register. However, if we've already assessed you using our standard fee status assessment questionnaire,
we will not review it again unless you provide information about a change in your circumstances which was
not available at the time of the original assessment.
You can contact Admissions using the following email addresses:
Changes to fee status regulations
If there is a change in fee regulations that may affect you (for example, your country joins the EU), we'll contact
you. If you qualify then your fee status will be amended. Your fee status will usually change at the beginning of the
next academic year.
Changes to your circumstances
In most cases your fee status can't be amended after you have started your course. However, there are some
circumstances in which your fee status can change from the start of the next academic year. You might be able
to change fee status if you become:
- an EU national or the family member of an EU national
- an EEA or Swiss migrant worker or the family member of such a person
- a refugee or the spouse, civil partner or child of a refugee
- a person whose refugee status was not granted but was allowed to remain in the UK with Humanitarian
Protection, and their family, or the spouse, civil partner or child of such a person
- the child of a Swiss national
- the child of a Turkish worker in the UK
In all of these cases you must also be able to meet the residency requirements on the first day of the
first academic year of your course. Please note that living in the UK for three years does not, on its own,
mean that you will become eligible for Home fees.
If you obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain after commencing your course your fee status will usually
remain as international. This is because you must be 'settled' before the first day of the first academic
year of your course.
For October starters the first day of the first academic year of your course will be 1 September.
If you are newly entitled to Home and EU fee status
Firstly, please read the UKCISA guidance.
The guidance is very detailed and you must read it carefully. If you believe you meet one of the criteria to be eligible to change your
fee status please contact your Student Services Hub with:
- your copy of the UKCISA guidance note "Fee status in England: Higher Education", circling the category you think applies to you and writing on it how you meet all of the requirements
- a fully completed fee status questionnaire (.pdf)
- your passport
- all of your immigration documentation (eg visa, ID card, letter from Home Office)
- any other documentation you think may be relevant
Your case will be passed to a specialist within Student Support who will fully investigate it.
If we have further queries or need further documentation you will be contacted, usually by email
to your Essex address.
An application and all documentation required to assess your fee status must be received by the
investigator by 31 October in order for any agreed fee status change to be authorised for that
If we believe your fee status is incorrect we will contact the Academic Registrar to seek
approval for a change to your status from the start of the next academic year.
You will be emailed on your Essex address with the outcome of the investigation and the
Registry will be informed of any agreed change to your fee status.
Please note that fee status enquiries can take some time to investigate thoroughly.
Legislation and guidance
- Higher Education Act 2004 (2004 Chapter 8)
- The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (England) Regulations 2007. Statutory Instrument (SI) 2007 No 778
- The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008. Statutory Instrument (SI) 2008 No 1640
- The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007, SI 2007 No 779
- The Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2007, SI 2007 No 1336
- The Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2007, SI 2007 No 2263
- The Student Fees (Amounts) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009, SI 2009 No 3113
You can search for the legislation listed above on legislation.gov.uk.