Fee status enquiries
There are two rates of fees in higher education, 'overseas' and 'home' (UK and EU). Fees are assessed by the University in line with the
relevant fees legislation for England. Student Support for England is assessed by the Student Loans Company using the relevant legislation.
It is the responsibility of the relevant Admissions office to assess the fee status of new students prior to registration with the University.
If you believe that your fee status is incorrect, you should contact Admissions (see contact details below) to discuss the matter before you
register with the University. If your fee status has already been assessed by Admissions by means of the standard University fee status
assessment questionnaire, you should note that no further review of your fee status will take place unless you provide information about a
change in your circumstances, which was not available at the time of the original assessment.
If you believe your fee status is incorrect please email the relevant Admissions contact before you register:
Changing fee status
When there is a change in fee regulations that may affect registered students fee status, i.e. your country joins the EU, you will be
contacted by the University. If you qualify your fee status will be amended. In these cases fee status will usually change at the
beginning of the next academic year, not before.
It is possible that your personal circumstances change after you have commenced your degree. In most cases fee status can not be amended
after a degree has begun, however, there are some circumstances where a student can change their fee status from the start of the next
academic year, see below. In all cases mentioned 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.
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
Please note that if you obtain Indefinite Leave to Remain after commencing your course your fee status will usually remain as overseas, 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 the 1st September.
Newly entitled to home fee status
Firstly, please read the UKCISA
information. The guidance is very detailed, please read it carefully. If you believe you meet one of the criteria to be
eligible to change your fee status please contact
If you are based at Loughton or Southend campus: Contact
Student Support in the first instance
If you are based at Colchester campus: Visit the
drop-in during our opening hours, please bring the following documents with you:
- your copy of UKCISA guidance note ‘Fee status in England: Higher Education' circle which category you think applies to you and
write on it how you meet ALL requirements
- a fully completed fee status questionnaire (.pdf)
- all Immigration documentation, ie visa/ID card/letter from Home Office
- any other documentation you think may be relevant
What happens next
Your case will be passed to a specialist within Student Support who will fully investigate your case. 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 the 31 October in order for
any agreed fee status change to be authorised for that academic year. For example, for a change to fee status for academic year 2012/13 all
documentation must be received by 31/10/2012.
If we believe your fee status is incorrect Student Support will contact the Academic Registrar to seek approval for a change to your fee
status from the start of the next academic year.
You will be emailed, to 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 (Fees and Student Support - Higher Education in England)
- 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
Government legislation is published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, part of The National Archive and can be searched for on their website.