The level of tuition fees you are liable for is based on your fee status, which we assess in accordance with the UK's Education (Fees and Awards) regulations (2007) and their subsequent amendments.
These regulations are set by the UK Governement and are subject to periodic amendments.
Please note: we will not assess your fee status until we have received a formal application from you.
The Government has confirmed that EU/EEA/Swiss students who begin a course before the 31 July 2021 will be eligible to pay the same fee as Home students and have access to student finance for the duration of their course, as long as they meet certain requirements which are unchanged from previous years. This includes students who begin the course remotely.
EU/EEA/Swiss students starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home fee rate and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note we do not expect this to apply to Irish students or students benefitting from Citizens rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. However, we are currently awaiting the formal publication of the amended Fees and Awards regulations. UKCISA have provided some information in response to Questions for students starting their course from the 1 August 2021.
For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.
The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website has useful information on the conditions you currently need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the Home rate for study on a higher education course in England and reflect the regulations as they currently stand (not the amended regulations which are subject to publication).
Fee Status Accordion
Assessing your fee status
When we receive your application we will make an initial decision on your fee status based on the information you have given us.
If we do not have enough information to make a decision then we may ask you to complete a fee status questionnaire and supply additional evidence so that we can make our assessment.
You do not need to complete a questionnaire unless we ask you to do so.
Requesting a change in fee status
If you have been classed as an Overseas student and you feel that this is incorrect, you can ask to have this reviewed.
You can either scan and email the questionnaire, or return it by post.
If you disagree with an assessment we have made after receiving your fee status questionnaire then you should complete and return a fee status appeal form with additional supporting documentary evidence. This procedure is for applicants only.
Please note that it is not normally possible to amend your fee status once you have registered as a student and started your degree at Imperial, so you should contact us as soon as possible if you feel our assessment is not correct.
If you are a registered student and feel that you may be eligible for a change of fee status, please follow the Student Records guidance found at: requesting a change of fee status for registered students.
Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs)
The Government does not provide funding to institutions for UK and EU students who are studying for a qualification that is at an equivalent or lower level to one that they have already been awarded – these are referred to as Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs).
The change means that institutions may charge fees at a higher rate for such students.
Some subjects, including many at Imperial, are exempt: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and certain healthcare professions.
When we receive your application we will assess whether you are an ELQ student or not, as well as what your overall fee status is (see above).
The College will decide what charges will apply to ELQ candidates in subject areas affected by this change.
If your application is successful and you are liable for the higher fee then further information will be made available to when you receive your offer.