The tuition fee charged depends on our assessment of you as a Home, EU, International or Islands fee payer.

Your status as one of these types of fee payer (your “tuition fee status”) will be established for the first day of your first academic year. It is only in very exceptional circumstances (for example the granting of humanitarian protection/refugee status by the Home Office) that your tuition fee status can change once you have started a programme of study at RVC.

We have produced some broad guidelines below to help you understand how we assign the correct tuition fee status to you. If you are unsure about your tuition fee status prior to applying or starting your studies, and therefore the level of tuition fees that you will be charged, you can contact the Admissions Office (for all taught programmes) or the Graduate School (for research programmes only) for further information. Additionally, the UK Council for International Student Affairs has further information and guidance available on their webpages if you would prefer to seek independent advice. If you believe you meet the criteria for a fee-status change after enrolment, please contact the Advice Centre for further information.

Please also note that although your tuition fee status is unlikely to change during your studies at RVC, the fee charged for each year of your programme is likely to be subject to an annual increase as outlined in our Fees Policy.

Undergraduates Students

The RVC Admissions Office will conduct a fee status assessment upon receipt of your completed application and the notes below are intended as a guide only in determining whether you will be regarded as a UK, EU or international student for fee purposes.

Nationality or residency status: the following requirements must be met for UK and EU fee status:

  • You’re a UK national or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay).
  • You normally live in England.
  • You’ve been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course.

Non-UK nationals must have settled status on the first day of the first academic year of the course - which could be 1 September, 1 January, 1 April or 1 July.
You may also be eligible if your residency status is one of the following:

  • Refugee
  • Humanitarian protection
  • EEA migrant worker
  • Child of a Swiss national
  • Child of a Turkish worker

You may also be eligible if you’re not a UK national and are either:

  • From an EU country 
  • Under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least 7 years
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years (or at least half of your life)

For further in depth information about fee status please see the UKCISA website.

Whether you qualify for a UK and EU fees depends on

  • your nationality or residency status
  • your course
  • see www.gov.uk for details. 

Postgraduate Students

The Graduate School will conduct a fee status assessment upon receipt of your completed application and the notes below are intended as a guide only in determining whether you will be regarded as a UK, EU or International student for fee purposes.

Nationality or residency status: you can get the  Loan if all of the following apply:

  • you’re a UK or EU national, or have ‘settled status’, so there are no restrictions on how long you can stay
  • you normally live in England, and didn’t move there just to study
  • you’ve been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before starting your course

You may also be eligible if you’re an EU national and all the following apply:

  • you’re living in England on the first day of the first year of your course
  • you’ve normally lived in the European Economic Area or Switzerland for the past 3 years (this is also known as being ‘ordinarily resident’)
  • you’ll be studying at a university or college in England

You could also be eligible if you’re:

  • the child of a Swiss national
  • the child of a Turkish worker
  • a refugee or a relative of one
  • an EEA or Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one
  • under humanitarian protection or a relative of someone who has been granted it
  • 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years or at least half your life

For further in depth information about fee status please refer to www.ukcisa.org.uk/ website.

Whether you qualify for Postgraduate Loans depends on

  • your nationality or residency status
  • your course
  • your age
  • see www.gov.uk for details.

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