Version 6 of ‘Who pays ‘home’ fees for HE in England?’

21 December 2021



The regulations that determine who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education courses in England are set by the Government’s Department for Education (they are not set by UKCISA). The Department for Education is making a number of changes to those regulations on 23 September 2021, through the Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2021 (Statutory Instrument 2021 No.1348).

UKCISA’s pdf guide, ‘Who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education in England?’ has been updated to reflect the changes. These are:

 

‘Family member of a UK national’ category becomes ‘Family member of a settled person’ category 

For courses that start on or after 1 August 2022, this category will not be limited to the family members of UK nationals. It will become a category for the ‘family member of a settled person’, and will be available to the family members of any of the following (though note that the person mentioned in this list will need to be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course):

  • British Citizen
  • person with indefinite leave to remain, or indefinite leave to enter
  • person with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Republic of Ireland citizen
  • person with a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the UK
  • non-British Citizen whilst serving in the British armed forces

The number of people who can use the category will therefore increase.

In UKCISA’s pdf guide, ‘Who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education in England?’, we have created two versions of the category:

  • ‘Family member of a UK national, course starts before 1 August 2022’ (page 38 of the pdf guide)
  • ‘Family member of a settled person, course starts on or after 1 August 2022’ (page 34 of the pdf guide)

You can read the full requirements for these two categories there. Make sure you are reading the correct one for your course start date. 

 

‘Residence in British Overseas Territories’ category extends beyond UK nationals

For courses that start on or after 1 August 2022, this category will not be limited to UK nationals and their family members. Instead, it will be available to people who have ‘settled’ immigration status in the UK, and their family members.

If the category is being used by a family member, there is no need for the person with ‘settled’ immigration status to come to the UK. This is usually required for anyone who wants to count as ‘settled’, but there is a specific exemption from the need for this in the case of family members using this particular category.

All the following groups will count as having ‘settled’ immigration status:

  • British Citizens
  • people with indefinite leave to remain, or indefinite leave to enter
  • people with settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
  • Republic of Ireland citizens
  • people with a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the UK
  • non-British Citizens whilst serving in the British armed forces

In UKCISA’s pdf guide, ‘Who pays ‘home’ fees for higher education in England?’, we have created two versions of the category:

  • ‘Residence in British Overseas Territories, course starts before 1 August 2022’ (page 58 of the pdf guide)
  • ‘Residence in British Overseas Territories, course starts on or after 1 August 2022’ (page 53 of the pdf guide)

You can read the full requirements for the category there. Make sure you are reading the correct one for your course start date. 

 

‘Residence in Gibraltar’ category becomes time-limited

Only those starting courses before 1 January 2028 will be able to use this category in future. The title of the category has therefore changed to ‘Brexit temporary offer for courses starting before 2028: Residence in Gibraltar’. The category has moved from page 47 to page 50 in the pdf guide, so that it is located next to the other ‘Brexit temporary offer’ categories.


New category: Persons granted leave under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Scheme

For courses beginning on or after 1 August 2022, there will be a new category of student who is entitled to pay fees at the ‘home’ rate: ‘Persons granted leave under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Scheme’. They will not be required to have three years’ residence in any particular area. The details for this particular category are not yet clear, because the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Scheme has changed a lot recently. Once they are clear, UKCISA will publish details about this category on our England: fee status web page for students.

Downloading the pdf guide

Please only use Version 6 of the pdf guide from now on. It is dated 21 December 2021. 

Students can download Version 6 of the pdf guide (‘Who pays ‘home’ fees for HE in England?’) from the UKCISA website.  UKCISA members will probably prefer to use the member copy of Version 6 - it can be downloaded by UKCISA members from section 2.5 of the fees section of the UKCISA online manual (look in the Resources box at the bottom of the page).  It includes useful additional footnotes.

As explained at the beginning of the pdf, it is a ‘living’ document and readers should expect to see it develop over time. Please always use only the most recent version.


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