What does fee status mean?

Your fee status determines whether you pay the 'home' or 'overseas' rate of tuition. 

We assess your fee status after you apply using regulations set out by the UK government – Education (Fees and Awards) regulations (2007) and their subsequent amendments.

If we need more information from you to make a decision about your fee status, we may ask you to complete a Fee Status Questionnaire (Word doc)‌. You do not need to complete this unless we ask you to.

Who pays home fees in England?

If you would like to review general guidance on fee status before you apply, please consult the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

We are unable to confirm your fee status without assessing a formal application.

I'm applying for a second degree – will this affect my fee status?

In September 2007 the UK government announced that it would begin to phase out funding for UK/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).

In practice, this meant that if you already hold a qualification such as a first degree (BA, BSc) and you wish to study for another one at the same level (i.e another undergraduate degree), universities could charge you a higher fee than a student who is progressing to a higher qualification than one that they already have e.g. progressing from A-levels to a BSc. This policy has applied since the 2010–2011 academic year. 

However, some subjects, including many at Imperial, are exempt from this policy, including:

  • science
  • technology
  • engineering
  • mathematics
  • certain healthcare professions

When we receive your application we will assess whether you are an ELQ student, 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 the ELQ funding change.

If your application is successful and you are liable for the higher fee, we will let you know when we make you an offer.

How do I appeal a fee status decision?

It is not normally possible to amend your fee status once you have registered as a student and started your course.

So if you think a mistake has been made with your fee status decision, and would like to appeal it, please do the following as soon as possible: