EU, EEA and Swiss Nationals
Following the UK Government’s decision to leave the European Union, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members will no longer be eligible for ‘home’ fee charges or financial support from Student Finance NI for courses starting from academic year 2021/22. Please refer to the statement on the NI Direct website.
These arrangements will not apply to Republic of Ireland nationals living in the UK and Ireland, Gibraltar, EEA or Switzerland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.
EU/EEA/Swiss nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme
This will not affect those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. These students are required to hold ‘pre-settled’ or ‘settled’ status under the EU Settlement Scheme.
In Northern Ireland, fee status must be determined in accordance with The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007, as amended. Guidance on the regulations determining tuition fee status for the purposes of higher education in Northern Ireland can be found on the UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) website.
It is only the university that is responsible for assessing an applicant’s tuition fee status in line with The Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2007 as amended.
Please note that any decisions made by third parties in relation to student support and other funding arrangements are outside of the university’s remit and will have no bearing on the fees status assessments we make which are governed by Northern Ireland’s student fees legislation.
The University’s Admissions team will assess your fee status and determine whether you are considered to be a Home student (either NI, Republic of Ireland or GB/Islands); or an Overseas student for tuition fee purposes. A decision will be taken on the basis of the details which you have provided with your application.
If your fee status is unclear, we may ask you to complete a Fee Assessment Questionnaire, and to provide copies of supporting documentation such as passports and official letters, employment contracts etc.
Do I qualify for Home Fee Status?
For detailed information about the eligible categories for ‘Home’ fees please refer to the UKCISA guide 'Home or Overseas fees: the basics', and in particular, the guidance in respect of studying higher education courses in Northern Ireland.
Students who meet the 'settled status' requirement but who have not been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK/EU for the required period only because they, their spouse/civil partner or parents were temporarily employed outside the UK/EU may also qualify to pay Home fees. Documentary evidence acceptable to the University must be provided to substantiate the temporary nature of the absence, and evidence must be provided to show that a relevant connection has been maintained with the UK/EU throughout the period of absence. Such supporting documentation would normally include:
- Evidence of the fixed-term or temporary nature of the employment overseas. This should cover the full period of the absence and clearly state the temporary nature. A copy of employment contract(s) which demonstrate fixed-term appointments or secondments would be most appropriate; and
- Evidence of continued links with the UK/EU throughout the period of absence, in the form of utility bills for a current property, and copies of bank statements or evidence of income tax/NI payments in the permanent country of residence. Evidence of return journeys made to the UK/EU during the period of temporary absence should also be provided, e.g. flight tickets/boarding passes.
Undergraduate Students - Home
Students who can demonstrate that they fully meet the requirements to qualify to pay fees at a Home rate will be charged a tuition fee depending on where they are ordinarily resident, as follows:
- Northern Ireland
Students who are ‘ordinarily’ resident in Northern Ireland will be charged tuition fees of £4,630 for full time undergraduate programmes in 2022-23.
- Republic of Ireland
Students who are ‘ordinarily’ resident in the Republic of Ireland will be charged tuition fees of £4,630 for full time undergraduate programmes in 2022-23.
- Great Britain and Islands
Students who are ‘ordinarily’ resident in England, Scotland and Wales and the Islands (GB Students), will be charged tuition fees of £9,250 for full time undergraduate programmes.
Students who do not qualify for Home Fee Status will be charged tuition fees at the overseas/international rate. Details of the tuition fee rates and payment arrangements are available on the International Tuition Fees web pages.
UKCISA -The UK Council for International Student Affairs has a range of information on their website on all aspects of the International student experience including fees, funding and student support.
Changes to your Fee Status during your Programme
In most cases fee status cannot be changed after you have registered at the University, however it may be possible in very limited circumstances. Please note that if you are classified as International for fee purposes, and you obtain 'Indefinite Leave to Remain' after the first day of the first academic year of your programme (1 September in the year that your programme started), or if you subsequently acquire three years’ residence in the UK, your fee status will not change.
Further details of the exceptional circumstances under which fee status may change are listed on the UKCISA website.
Further Guidance about Fee Status
- Please consult the UKCISA website for a full explanation of the relevant categories detailing eligibility for Home fee status at Higher Education Institutions in Northern Ireland. Definitions of the key terms referred to are also available on the website.
- UKCISA operates a telephone advice line where you can get free advice and guidance about your eligibility for Home fees, based on your own circumstances.
How do I appeal my assigned Fee Status?
If you think the University has incorrectly applied the regulations in assessing your status for tuition fee purposes, it is possible to appeal this decision.
The Student Finance Framework has been developed by the University to provide a consolidated guide on all matters which have an impact on tuition fees and associated charges. The Framework also includes a Fee Appeals Process. The Student Finance Framework and full details of the Fee Appeals Process (contained within Section 9 of the Framework document) including information on the Grounds for an Appeal are available here.
Appeals should be submitted to the office of the Director of Finance in the first instance (firstname.lastname@example.org)