England: FE fee status

Last modified: 15 May 2022

Before you look at this page, you should read our introductory information about 'Home' and 'Overseas' fees and find out if your course is higher education (HE) or further education (FE). If your course is a HE course, please refer to the England: HE fee status page instead.

 

 

Further Education for 16 - 18s

Last modified: 04 April 2022

Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The information below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency)-funded FE courses in England. Check with your institution as to whether or not your course is funded by the ESFA. If not, then your institution should assess you under The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (see our HE info). Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in either the 2021/22 or 2022/23 academic year if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying a FE course (which is not an Apprenticeship course) in England; and
  • aged 16-18 years on 31 August in the funding year in which you start your course.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on their funding criteria can be found on the ESFA's website.

1. EEA citizens and family

2. People with the Right of Abode in the UK

3. People with no restrictions on working in the UK (eg people with Indefinite Leave)

4. People accompanying/joining specified family members in the UK

5. Children of diplomats

6: Asylum seekers or those under the care of a local authority

7. People with Refugee status, and specified family members

8. People with Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary/Exceptional Leave in the UK, and specified family members

9. Recently settled

10. Children of Turkish Workers

11. People granted leave under the ‘Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act

12. Apprenticeship students

13. Exceptional circumstances

14. Calais leave

15. People with British National Overseas (BNO) visas

Further Education for 19 and older

Last modified: 15 May 2022

Further education (FE) courses include GCSEs, AS and 'A' levels (and their equivalents), NVQs, GNVQs, BTECs, and Access courses. The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of FE in England. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or FE.

You will be eligible as a 'home' student in either the 2020/21 or 2021/22 academic year if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying a FE course (which is not an Apprenticeship course) in England; and
  • aged 19 years or over on 31 August in the funding year in which you start your course.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

Where a category has changed for the 2021/22 academic year, we have included details concerning the eligibility criteria for both the 2020/21 and 2021/22 academic years. Where a category has remained unchanged for the new academic year, we have not made any changes to those respective categories as below. 

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on the ESFA's funding criteria can be found here.

1. EEA nationals in the UK

2. Family members of UK and EEA nationals

3. UK nationals in the EEA

4. People with the Right of Abode in the UK

5. People with Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK, and family

6. People with Refugee Status, and family

7. People with Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary / Exceptional Leave, Leave Outside the Rules, and family

8. Afghan locally engaged staff and family under the intimidation policy

9. Leave under a Ukraine immigration scheme, including family

10. Non-EEA citizens with three years' ordinary residence in the UK

11. Other non-UK nationals

12. Asylum seekers

13. Stateless leave, and family

14. Child of a Turkish worker

15. Apprenticeship students

16. 'Dubs' amendment leave

17. Calais leave

18. Armed forces personnel

Further Education: Apprenticeship courses

Last modified: 09 March 2022

If you are on an Apprenticeship course, you will be eligible as a 'home' student in either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic year if you come within one, or more, of the categories below and you are:

  • studying an Apprenticeship course in England; and
  • aged 16 years or over.

A 'funding year' runs from 1 August in one year to 31 July in the calendar year which immediately follows.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) is responsible for drawing up the funding rules. Further guidance on their funding criteria can be found in the main providers document on the gov.uk website.

1. UK nationals

2. UK nationals in the EEA

3. EEA nationals in the UK

4. Family members of UK and EEA nationals

5. People with Right of Abode in the UK

6. People with Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK, and family

7. People with Refugee Status, and family

8. People with Humanitarian Protection, Discretionary / Exceptional Leave, Leave Outside the Rules, and family

9. People granted leave under the ‘Dubs’ amendment to the Immigration Act

10. Calais leave to remain

11. Afghan locally engaged staff under the intimidation policy and family

12. Non-UK nationals

13. Asylum seekers

14. Child of a Turkish worker

15. Stateless leave, and family

16. Students aged 16-18 years

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 04 April 2022

This section has explanations about words and terms which occur in the information above. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combined with the appropriate fee status category.

European Economic Area (EEA)

European Union (EU)


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