Fee Status

The final decision as to a student’s status for fees will be determined by the University of Exeter in individual circumstances, although our approach to the assessment of fee status is based on “The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007". Under these terms, certain defined categories of student are exempted from having to pay for the full cost of their tuition, and, consequently, are charged fees at a lower rate.  The University of Exeter also follow guidance given by UKCISA

Students who are liable to pay full cost fees are classified as 'International' for fee purposes where those who are eligible to pay at the lower rate are classified as “Home/EU” for fee purposes.

There are a number of conditions students need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the home rate for study on a higher education course in England. These conditions can be grouped into 11 categories some of which are explained in more detail below.

In order to qualify for 'home' fees under the category “Those who are settled in the UK and meet the main residence requirements", students must meet ALL of the following criteria:

(a) you must be settled in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(b) you must be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and

(c) you must also have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the full three year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course - eg, if your course begins in September 2016, you must have been ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016; and 

(d) the main purpose for your residence in the UK and Islands must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of that three-year period.

Note: It is not necessary to have had settled immigration status in the UK  for the full three years. You only need to show that you have it on, at the latest, the first day of the first academic year of the course.

There may also be further consideration given in certain cases in respect of EU nationals and their family members. 

In order to qualify for 'home' fees under this category, you must meet all of the following criteria:


(a) on the first day of an academic year of your course, you must be:

• an EU national; or
• the relevant family member of a non-UK EU national, and that non-UK EU national is in the UK as a self sufficient person or as a student; or
• the relevant family member of a UK national;
and


(b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course (if you have not, see the Special Provision below); and


(c) the main purpose of your residence in the EEA/Switzerland (or the overseas territories if applicable) must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period (if you have not, see the Special Provision below).

Full explanation of definitions and other advice can be found at UKCISA.

A student's fees status is determined when a student first applies for their course. If you have received an offer and you think your fee status is incorrect you have 28 days, from the date of your offer, to query your status. To query you fee status within the 28 day period please contact us at ad-feestatus@exeter.ac.uk stating your full name, Exeter Reference number (or UCAS personal ID), programme for which you have been made an offer and providing details of why you think the fee classification is incorrect.

You will also remain liable for tuition fees at the originally assessed level until such time as your fee status review has been concluded and a revised fee status has been notified to you by the University of Exeter in writing. In the event that your fee status is changed as a result of the review, then the tuition fees charged will be adjusted accordingly with effect from:

  • the 1st September of that University of Exeter academic year, if the student’s written request for review is received before 1st June.
  • the 1st September of the next University of Exeter academic year, if the student’s written request for review is received after 1st June.

The visa letter issued by our Admissions Office to all full time students classified as international for fee purposes will include details of both the relevant University of Exeter tuition fees and details of any advance payment received by the University of Exeter. This letter will be sent to applicants automatically once their offer is unconditional and has been firmly accepted and can be used as proof of advance payment for a UK General Student visa application.

For more information please visit the International Exeter pages or see the International Students section in the funding area of the website.