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As a student registered at UCL you are required to pay the tuition fee appropriate to your programme and to your status as a UK, an EU, an Overseas or a Channel Islands/Isle of Man student.

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Fee status assessment

Your fee status is determined in accordance with the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007, No. 779) and subsequent amendments, as approved by Act of Parliament.

The assessment of fee status is communicated via UCL's formal offer of admission. By accepting UCL's offer of admission you agree to pay the fees outlined in UCL's offer. In cases where an assessment of fee status has not been possible, or if the assessment is being queried, a fee status questionnaire will be sent to you. This must be returned within three months. Failure to return the questionnaire or provide any requested documentation will result in you being classified as Overseas for fee purposes.

The following UCL departments are responsible for making the assessment of your fee status:

ProgrammeAssessor
Undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of the Built EnvironmentFaculty of the Built Environment
Undergraduate programmes in the Faculty of LawsFaculty of Laws
All other undergratuate and Initial Teacher Training programmesUndergraduate & ITE Admissions, Student and Registry Services
All graduate programmesGraduate Admissions, Student and Registry Services

Eligibility for UK and EU rates

To be eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate, you must normally be a national of an EU country, or the relevant family member of an EU national, and have been ordinarily resident within the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland or EU Overseas Territories for the 3 year period before the first day of the first academic year of your programme.

This is calculated as below:

Programme start date betweenFirst day of first year of academic programme
01 August and 31 December01 September
01 January and 31 March01 January
01 April and 30 June01 April
01 July and 31 July01 July

In both instances, absences in connection with temporary employment are permitted.If you are a non-EU national, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK for a 3 year period and have settled status in the UK by the end of that period. In either circumstance, if the purpose of your ordinary residence in the EEA/UK/Switzerland has been wholly or mainly to receive full-time education, you will be ineligible for UK/EU fee status.

A number of other categories of student are eligible to pay fees at the UK/EU rate providing they meet all the residence requirements applicable to that category. These include those who, on the first day of the first academic year of their programme, are:

  • EEA/Swiss national “workers” and their family members
  • the children of Swiss nationals
  • the children of Turkish workers in the UK
  • refugees and their family members that are recognised by the UK government
  • those granted Humanitarian Protection in the UK and their family members
  • those with “long residence” in the UK (the precise requirements for this will vary depending on whether you are under or over 18 on the first day of the first academic year of the programme)

You may obtain further details from Access and Admissions in Student and Registry Services, by consulting the government regulations or obtain independent advice from UKCISA: The UK Council for International Student Affairs.

Appeal your fee status

Once UCL gives its definitive assessment, which will be outlined in either your offer letter or correspondence following the completion of a fee status questionnaire, you have three months to appeal in writing.

Appeals are handled by the director of Access and Admissions who will communicate the appeal decision to you in writing. The final right of appeal is to the registrar and must be made within three months of the initial appeal decision.

If the fee status is undetermined at the start of your studies, UCL policy is to invoice at the Overseas fee rate. Should you subsequently be re-assessed as eligible for UK or EU fees, the appropriate refund of fees would be made.

Change your status to UK/EU after the start of your programme

UCL's fee status assessment remains in place for the duration of the programme with the exception of the following circumstances:

  • You or a relevant family member obtains EU nationality and you have been ordinarily resident in the EEA or Switzerland for the 3 year period before the first day of the first academic year of the programme
  • The country of which you are a national accedes to the European Union and you have been ordinarily resident in the EEA, Switzerland or EU Overseas Territories for the three year period before the first day of the first academic year of your programme
  • You become the child of a Swiss national
  • You, your spouse/civil partner, parent or parent of your spouse/civil partner obtains refugee status or Humanitarian Protection following an asylum application. This status must be obtained in the UK. Additional restrictions apply if you are seeking UK fee status as the spouse/civil partner, child or child of a spouse/civil partner. Please refer to the government regulations in such cases.

Please contact Admissions immediately if you believe you fall into one of these categories to request that a review of your fee status be undertaken.

If you are eligible to have your fee status reassessed whilst studying at UCL this will be from the start of your next academic year, not from the start of your programme.