If you are a new student and have applied to study on an Undergraduate or Postgraduate course your Fee Status is determined by the Admissions Office, based on the information you have supplied on your course application form (or via your UCAS application) and on the University's own fee assessment questionnaire (if applicable).
The Admissions Office will confirm in your Offer letter whether you will be charged 'Home/EU' or 'International' Tuition Fees. (In some cases, further clarification will be sought to determine the correct status for you before a final 'Offer' letter is issued and/or you may be advised to defer your studies until such a time that you meet the essential requirements for 'Home/EU' rate Tuition Fees).
The University follows the guidance notes published by UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) when assessing a student's Fee Status. These guidance notes interpret the Education (Fees and Awards) (Wales) Regulations 2007 and 2008 on tuition fee status.
To be determined as Home fee status you must fulfil the following three essential conditions: If,
- you have been ordinarily resident in the UK for the 3-year period prior to starting your course (apart from temporary absences). The regulations calculate the 3 year period before either 1st January, 1st April, 1st July or 1st September, whichever date is nearest to and precedes the start of your course; and
- you have not, at any time during that period, been resident in the UK solely for the purpose of receiving full-time education; and
- you have "settled status" in the UK (i.e. you are not subject, under the UK immigration laws, to any time restriction on the duration of your period of residence) on either 1st January, 1st April, 1st July or 1st September, whichever is nearest to and precedes the start of your course.
In addition, the following categories of students may be assessed as home students, if they meet all the conditions:
- EU nationals (or a family member of an EU national),
- Persons who have been granted refugee status or 'leave to remain' in the UK, or their family members,
- Students who are migrant workers (or the child of a migrant worker) from the EEA and Switzerland)
- Children of a Turkish worker in the UK
For further information and clarification, please refer to the UKCISA website, in particular, the following two links the Will I pay 'home' or 'Overseas' rate? and Student Support: applying in Wales pages.