Fee Status

Your fee classification (Home, Islands, EU or Overseas) will determine your tuition fees. This page provides guidance on the way in which the University will determine your fee classification.

Introduction

The University determines the tuition fee status of a student in accordance with UK Government legislation - the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 2007 (Statutory Instrument No. 779) states that students who are classified as 'overseas' may be charged a higher level of fee than those classified as 'home' or 'EU' students.

The University uses a Fee Status Questionnaire (FSQ) to determine an applicant's fee status. If you are a UK national and have lived in the UK for your entire life then you would normally expect to be classified as a 'home' student and it is unlikely you will be asked to complete a Fee Status Questionnaire.

If you are a national of any other country OR you have lived for a period of time in another country then you will be sent a Fee Status Questionnaire, automatically, as part of the general admissions process.

We can only provide a formal fee classification on receipt of a completed Fee Status Questionnaires: speculative enquiries by telephone or email will not be provided with any formal assessment.

For further details please consult the Fee Assessment Procedure for Applicants [PDF] in association with the information provided on this web page.

 

Financial information

Further information regarding fees, and methods of payment, are available on the University website:

If you require additional information on student fees then please contact the Student Fees Office by email: feesenq@liv.ac.uk

 

Definition of a 'home' student

To be classified as a 'home' student an applicant must meet ALL of the following criteria:

i. the applicant must have 'settled status' in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act  (1971) on the 'first day of the first academic year of their course';

AND

ii. the applicant must have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and Islands (Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) for at least the three years immediately preceding the 'first day of the first academic year of their course';

AND

iii. the main purpose for residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full time education during any part of the three-year period.

NOTE:  It is not necessary to have had settled status in the UK for three years.

'Settled status' is defined by the Immigration Act (1971) as being 'ordinarily resident' in the UK without being subject, under the immigration laws, to any restriction on the period for which the person may stay. British citizens and people who have been granted Right of Abode or Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK have 'settled status'. Foreign nationals in the UK, who are classified as migrants under Tiers 1-4 of the Points Based System (PBS) (i.e. on work permits (including the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme), training visas, visitor's visas, dependant's visas, spousal visas or student's visas) do not have settled status and cannot qualify for home fees. Asylum seekers do not qualify for 'home' fees unless and until they have been granted one of the statuses described in section 5 below.

You have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK if you live there for 'all the ordinary purposes of living'; that is, if you have habitually, normally and lawfully resided in that area from choice. If, in the University's judgement, your residence is wholly or mainly for the purposes of receiving full-time education, this will not satisfy the residence criterion.

 

Students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

An arrangement for full-time undergraduate students currently exists between Universities UK (UUK) and Island Authorities. The Island government will pay fees at an agreed rate and the University of Liverpool will classify funded students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, as 'Islands' for fees purposes.

If you are a self-financing, or postgraduate, student you will be assessed to see if you are a 'home' or 'overseas' fee payer in accordance with the legislation. Students who move to the UK to undertake their course of study, or a course of study immediately preceding it, are treated as being ordinarily resident in the Islands, and not in the UK, and will therefore be classified as 'overseas'. Students who have not yet moved to the UK are also treated as being ordinarily resident in the Islands, and not in the UK, and will be classified 'overseas'.

 

The first day of the first academic year of the course

The fees classification criteria must be satisfied on the 'first day of the first academic year' of the applicant’s course:

 Relevant date
Where academic year starts
 1 September on or after 1 August and on or before 31 December
 1 January on or after 1 January and on or before 1 April
 1 April on or after 1 April and before 1 July
 1 July on or after 1 July and before 1 August

 

Other categories of 'home' student

The following criteria may also result in a 'home' classification subject to the production of all requested supporting documentation:

  • Students who meet the 'settled status' requirements but who have not been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK/EEA for the required period only because they, their spouse/civil partner or parents were temporarily employed outside the UK/EEA. Provision will be given for this as long as documentary evidence is provided to substantiate the temporary nature of the absence AND evidence is provided that sustained links were maintained with the UK/EEA throughout the period of absence. The sort of evidence we would require in these instances is as follows:
    1. Evidence of the fixed-term or temporary nature of the employment overseas. This should cover the full period of the absence and explicitly state its temporary nature. A copy of employment contract(s) which demonstrate fixed-term appointments would be most appropriate.

      AND
       
    2. Evidence of sustained links with the UK/EEA throughout the period of absence, in the form of utility bills or tax payments on a current property, copies of bank statements showing regular activity or evidence of income tax/NI payments in the permanent country of residence.

      NOTE: The payment of tax in the UK does not in itself satisfy the requirements for 'home' fee status.
  • Students on fully reciprocal exchange schemes (see http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/international/incomingexchange/partner-universities/). If you are studying in the UK on the basis of a formal student exchange between your institution in your own country and your UK place of study, you will not normally have to pay fees.

  • Students (or their spouse/civil partner or parents) who are nationals of an EEA member state or Switzerland and who are considered to be 'migrant workers' in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of their course will be considered as 'home' students provided they satisfy the three year EEA/Switzerland 'ordinary residence' requirements specified above.

  • Students who are children of a Turkish national where the Turkish national is 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and is, or has been, lawfully employed in the UK.  The student must be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and have been 'ordinarily resident' in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or Turkey for the three years preceding this date.

  • Students who are children of a Swiss national living in the UK. 

    NOTE: There is no requirement for the Swiss parent to be, or to have been, economically active in the UK.  The student must be 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and Islands on the first day of the first academic year of their course and have been 'ordinarily resident' in the EEA and/or Switzerland for the three years preceding this date. If the main purpose for residence in the EEA/Switzerland was wholly or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education, the student must have been 'ordinarily resident' in the EEA and/or Switzerland immediately before this three-year period.

  • Students who can demonstrate that they would be 'ordinarily resident' in more than one place including the UK. As with temporary absence provision will be made for this provided documentary evidence is offered to substantiate both 'settled status' and sustained links with the UK in the form of habitual visits and residence. Evidence may include utility bills or tax payments on a current property, copies of bank statements showing regular activity, visa stamps to indicate a regular pattern of visits, or evidence of income tax/NI payments in the UK.
  • Students (or their spouses/civil partners or parents) who have been officially recognised by the UK Government as refugees and who have not ceased to be ordinarily resident in the UK since they were recognised as such or, if a spouse/civil partner or child, since they were granted leave to remain in the UK. In the case of spouses/civil partners and children, you must be the spouse/civil partner or child of such a refugee on the date on which the asylum application was made, and in the case of a child you must have been under 18 years of age on the date on which the asylum application was made.

    NOTE: Students (or their spouses/civil partners or parents) recognised as refugees are not required to meet the three year ordinary residence requirements. Students granted this status by the UK Home Office later on in their course would expect to be classified as a ‘home’ student from the start of the next academic year.
  • Students (or their spouses/civil partners or parents) who have been granted Humanitarian Protection as a result of a refused asylum application. The period of leave to remain should still be current on the first day of an academic year of the course, or have been renewed and the new leave is still current, or the outcome of an in time application for renewal is being awaited, or an appeal concerning leave to remain is being awaited. In the case of spouses/civil partners and children, you must have been the spouse/civil partner or child of an individual granted Humanitarian Protection on the date that the application for asylum was made and, in the case of a child, you must have been under 18 years of age on the date on which the asylum application was made.

    NOTE: Students (or their spouses/civil partners or parents) granted Humanitarian Protection as a result of a refused asylum application are not required to meet the three year ordinary residence requirements.

 

Definition of an 'EU' student

Nationals (non-UK) of a member state of the European Union (EU) (see Box 1) will be classified as 'EU' students if they have been 'ordinarily resident' in the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories (see Box 3) throughout the same three-year period as described in 3(ii) and 1(iii) above. 'Relevant family members' (see Box 2) of EU nationals (who are in the UK as a self-sufficient person or as a student) will be classified as 'EU' students provided they meet the residence criteria as defined above. As with 3(ii), the main purpose of the student’s residence in the EEA/Switzerland/overseas territories must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three year period.
The EEA for the purposes of residential status is the area comprising the EU member states plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein. For categories where the residence area includes the EEA, the residence area also includes the whole of the island of Cyprus (that is; including Northern Cyprus).

UK nationals who have been resident (on a permanent basis) in the EEA (but not the UK) and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories will normally be classified as 'EU' students. Under EU law, the fee charged to EU students is the same as that charged to 'home' students. Non-UK EU nationals who have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK and Islands for the three year period before the first day of the first academic year of their course will usually be classified as 'home' students. If, during any part of the three year period, the main purpose for residence in the UK was to receive full-time education, the applicant must have been 'ordinarily resident' in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories immediately prior to the three-year period of residence in the UK and Islands for a 'home' fee classification to be attributed.

If your circumstances change before you begin your course

If you believe your circumstances have changed between having received an offer to study at the University, or a fee classification notification letter, and the start of your course (see 'first day of the first academic year of the course' above), and/or that your fee classification may no longer be accurate, you are obliged to inform your department and Student Administration & Support Division. If you do not then you may jeopardise your place of study at the University.

Contact your department, and also email feestat@liv.ac.uk, immediately should your circumstances change.

Supporting documentation

The Fees Questionnaire provides suggestions for the types of documentation you are required to submit in support of the information you provide on your completed form.

We will use the information provided in your application to assess whether you are eligible to pay Home/EU or International fees. In many cases, we will be able to make this assessment without needing any additional information and your fee status will be confirmed if/when you receive an offer to study at the University. However,  the University reserves the right to request any other documentation as necessary for the purposes of establishing an accurate fee classification.

Additional information

For additional information you may wish to consult guidance materials available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA): http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/

Of particular use may be Ordinary residence: case law for fees and student support (UKCISA, 2009): http://www.ukcisa.org.uk/student/info_sheets/ordinary_residence.php

If you have any queries about your fee status, please contact feestat@liv.ac.uk.