Definition of a Home student

These pages explain what defines a Home student.

You are likely to have Home status if:

  • you are a British or Irish national who has lived in the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands for three full years immediately before the first day of your course
  • you hold Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) or Right of Abode and have lived in the UK, Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands for three full years immediately before the first day of your course. Separate criteria apply if you have indefinite leave to remain through the UK’s EU, EEA or Swiss settlement schemes
  • you have been granted refugee status or have humanitarian protection in the UK
  • you live in the UK, you are the spouse, civil partner, or child of a British national and you have lived in the UK for three full years immediately before the first day of your course
  • you are a British national (or the child or spouse of a British national) and have lived in a British Overseas territory for three full years immediately before the first day of your course. This also applies if you have lived in the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for some part of these three years
  • you have been living legally in the UK for an extended period (usually half your life)
  • you are the child of a Turkish worker, and you and your parent have been living in the UK since before 31 December 2020

In most cases, you will not be eligible for Home fees if the main purpose of your residency in the relevant area has been to receive full-time education (for example, because you are studying away from home at a boarding school or university).

You may also qualify for Home fee status if you would have met one of the above criteria but:

  • you have been living outside the UK because you or your parent, spouse or legal guardian is temporarily employed abroad
  • you usually live outside the UK but you also maintain ongoing connections and residency in the UK (and so can be considered resident in multiple places)

Students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

You will need to meet all the requirements of the new '3 years in UK and Islands, settled in UK' category to qualify for HOME fees.

More information on all the above criteria can be found at UKCISA webpages UKCISA - international student advice and guidance - England: fee status

 

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