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Information on domestic, refugee and international status and fees.

Do I pay Home or International tuition fees for my course? Find out below.

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Home Students

Home students are those living in the UK or the Republic of Ireland and EU nationals with settled status in the UK.

To be classed as a home student, you usually need to meet all the following criteria on the first day of the first academic year of the course:

  • You are settled in the UK (this means there is no immigration restriction on the length of your stay).
  • You are ordinarily resident in the UK and have been for the full three years before the first day of the academic year. (Ordinarily resident means that your main home is in the UK, and you are choosing to live in the UK.)
  • The main reason for you being in the UK was not to receive full-time education.

Please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for a complete set of fee status definitions.

Refugees and those who have applied for asylum

You may also be recognised as a home (UK) student if you are ordinarily resident of the UK (see above) and:

  • You are a refugee (recognised by the UK government) or the spouse/civil partner or child of a refugee.
  • You have applied for asylum and, as a result, have been granted Exceptional Leave or Humanitarian Protection (or you are the spouse/civil partner or child of someone who has).
Contact Us

Confused about your fee status? Our admissions teams can help.

Further Education Admissions
+44 (0)1509 618375

Undergraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1509 618110

International Admissions
+44 (0)1509 215831


This is a very complex area with many definitions; those included on this page are the main definitions used.You can visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website for a complete set of fee status definitions.

The first day of an academic year is the 31st of August in the year you are joining.

Changes to your fee status during your course

In most cases, fee status cannot be amended after you have registered; however, in exceptional circumstances and in certain categories under certain rules, you may become entitled to the lower fee rate. All requests from current students for a review of fee status should be sent to the respective Admissions team, who will then investigate it with you.

The exceptional circumstances under which fee status may change are listed on the UKCISA website.

Please be aware that if you obtain 'indefinite leave to remain' after the first day of the first academic year of your programme, your fee status will not change.

International Students

You will be classed as an international student if you do not fall under the home fee definition. From 1 August 2021, new EU students will also pay international tuition fees.

The definitions on this page are only a summary, and several exceptions exist to the conditions listed.

For more detailed information – and to see whether you fall into any of these or any other category – please refer to the UKCISA guide 'Will I pay Home or Overseas fees?'

I'm not sure if I'm a "Home" or "International" Student

If you’re confused about your fees and funding status, then the first thing you should do is contact the relevant admissions team (see list of contacts).

You should also contact Student Finance England (or the relevant student finance authority) to discuss your eligibility for funding from the UK Government. Click here for contact details.

If you receive an offer and feel that you have been wrongly classified, you can provide evidence as to why you think your fee status needs to be changed.

The tuition fees you pay, and access to tuition loans and grants will depend on whether you are classed as a “home” or “international” student.

The Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 govern the definition of 'home' (UK/Republic of Ireland) and 'overseas' students for the purpose of the payment of fees. These regulations enable individual institutions to classify the fee status of students. The onus is on individual students to satisfy the institution that they meet the criteria to be classified as home status for the purpose of fees.

Loughborough College will assess your status based on the information you provide us as part of your application and reserves the right to ask for more details and additional documentation before deciding.