Tuition Fee Status
Your Fee Status
It’s important to understand your fee status to ensure you are paying the right tuition fees when joining the University of Lincoln. You should consider your fee status and the overall cost associated with a University degree before submitting an application to study with us. This web page will help you assess this, remember your fees are determined by your nationality and the country you usually live in.
Home Fee Status
To qualify for Home student status, the main eligibility criteria are to either have:
- UK nationality and have been domiciled in the UK for three years prior to the first day of the first year of your academic course (the main reason for residing in the UK must not have been for the purpose of full-time education)
- Or been granted refugee status by the Government
- Or been granted ‘indefinite leave to remain’ or ‘humanitarian protection’ by the UK Home Office and been domiciled in the UK and Islands since having been granted that status
- Hold settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
This list is not exhaustive. A detailed schedule of the categories into which students can be classed as Home or Overseas status can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.
Please note that as a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union some rules relating to tuition fee status are subject to change. We will provide further information about this as soon as possible but please check the UK Council for International Student Affairs website for regular updates.
Decision on Your Student Fee Status
An initial decision on your student fee status will be made based on information you provide as part of your application. If we are unable to determine your fee status from this information, you will be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and provide additional information. If you do not meet the criteria for Home fees, or you do not provide sufficient evidence to be classed as a Home student, you will be classed as an Overseas student for tuition fee purposes.
Appealing a Student Fee Status Decision
If you feel a mistake has been made in assessing your fee status, you can appeal our decision by replying to our confirmation email. When appealing, you should provide:
- Details of the grounds on which you feel an incorrect decision has been made;
- Additional evidence to support your appeal.
Please note that we will not be able to consider an appeal if additional evidence is not provided.
Changing Fee Status After Enrolment
Gaining Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) part-way through a course will not, on its own, change your fee status. Similarly, acquiring three years' ordinary residence after starting your course will not change your fee status.
In certain circumstances, it may be possible to change your fee status. For example, at the start of your second or third year if you were to be granted refugee status and, as a result, meet requirements for Home fees.
For further information, please see ‘Becoming home after the course has started’ on the UK Council for International Student Affairs website.
The information you provide when completing the fee status questionnaire will be used by the University solely to determine whether you are classified as a "Home" or "Overseas" fee paying student and will be processed in accordance with the University of Lincoln’s Data Protection policy.