Your fee status
UK government legislation allows publicly funded institutions to charge fees to EU/International students a higher rate than to Home (UK) students unless they fulfil certain residence and immigration status criteria (see UKCISA Fee Categories).
The information provided below describes the eligibility criteria for being charged a Home or EU/International Fee.
The university’s assessment of your fee status will determine whether you pay the Home or the EU/International fee rate. Your fee status stays the same unless your immigration status has changed, in which case you have the right to request a reassessment of your status.
If you are a new applicant and have applied to study on an undergraduate or postgraduate course, your fee status is determined by the university based on the information you have supplied on your course application form.
The Admissions Office will confirm in your offer letter whether you will pay Home or EU/International fees. If you require a fee assessment, the Admissions team will send you a fee assessment form and request further information to decide your fee status..
If you are a current student and your residency status, citizenship or certain other circumstances have changed after you have enrolled onto your course you may be eligible for a review to your Fee Status.
The main reasons where this may apply are:
- you (or a family member of) have been granted Refugee status, or
- you (or a family member of) have been granted HP (Humanitarian Protection or DL (Discretionary Leave), or
- you (or a family member of) have become a British National or a family member of a British National.
In each instance, all relevant conditions must be met.
Please note that if you have enrolled and midway through your course and you get your Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), it is unlikely you will be able to change your fee status. There are strict criteria that must be met to change fee status.
Fee status assessment
Based on the information you provide on your course application form, our Admissions/Student Support team will assess your fee status. You might receive a Fee Assessment Form to provide further information and documents about your fee status.
We may need to contact you by email to request further information if we are unable to determine your fee status. If you are unable to provide this information, you may be assessed as EU/International for tuition fee purposes OR we will not be able to process your application and you may miss studying at the university. We can also contact the Home Office with your permission to confirm your status.
Unfortunately, we are unable to conduct fee assessments before we receive your application.
The form has questions that ask for documentary evidence. This should be in a copy/photograph of the document (officially translated into English where necessary). Please be aware that you will be asked to provide original or certified copies of documents at a later stage for a Right to Study Check before enrolling.
Frequently asked questions
What documents* will you possibly request from me?
- Nationality – copy of the relevant pages of your current passport. If you have a dual nationality, you should include copies of both passports
- Immigration status – your passport, letter from the Home Office, asylum recognition card, residence permit, biometric residence permit (BRP) settled or pre-settled status
- If your current visa or BRP was issued after 1 January 2020, you may be asked to provide a copy of your previous visa(s) or BRP(s) as well
- If your BRP is Limited Leave to Remain, you may be asked to send a copy of your accompanying Home Office Letter
- Age and family relationships – your birth certificate, parents’ passports (if dependant), spouse/civil partner’s passport (if relevant), marriage certification or adoption papers
- Residence in a given area – Council tax bill (to show residency in the UK), GP registration, residence permit, utility bills, tenancy agreements
- Employment – contracts, employment letters, payslips (stage 2)
- Evidence of regular visits to the UK/EEA – Schedule of your return visits including dates, duration and where/with whom you staged, and could include passport stamps or flight confirmation (stage 2)
*This is a non-exhaustive list
*Any fraudulent documents will invalidate any offer made
What documents will I need to provide with the Fee Assessment Form?
- Proof that you have lived in the UK or the EU for the last three years
- A copy of your photo page of your passport
- A copy of your current visa or BRP (only needed for non-UK or EU Passport holders)
I was successful in my Student Finance Application with Student Finance England (SFE), does that mean I am automatically categorised as a Home student?
No, SFE has different guidelines that it adheres to. Coventry University follows the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA). UKCISA provides further information and explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the home rate.
Specific information on the categories of students eligible to be assessed as "Home" students can be found at UKCISA Fee Categories UKCISA Fee Categories.
Important notice - time to do assessments
Please note fee assessments can take anything from 10 working days to a few months, especially if they very complex. Also note that by accepting an offer, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions held within that offer, including the fee status. The fee status applies for the duration of the programme/course. You should ensure you are happy with your fee status before you start your course as in most cases your fee status cannot be amended once you have started your studies.