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Tuition fee status

Learn more about your fee status and which tuition fees are relevant to you

The tuition fees you are charged and any financial support you are eligible for depends on whether you are classed as a home or international student. The university assesses your fee status using legislation laid down by the UK Government.

If you are starting a new course in 2021/22, the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) may affect the tuition fees you are charged.

The Government has announced that, following the end of the UK’s transition period on 31 December 2020, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals applying for the 2021/22 academic year may be subject to international fees.

This means that the fees you will pay will depend on your nationality, where you have lived before starting your course and how long you have lived there.

Please note that further information is to be provided/confirmed by the Government and we will update our website as and when it is. Visit the Government website for further details.

Home fees

Applicants that ordinarily live in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey, Alderney and Gibraltar; and have been a resident there (or elsewhere in the UK and Islands) for the last three years, will normally be classified as home students for fee purposes. 

In addition to having at least three years residency, EEA, EU or Swiss nationals will need:

  • To have been living in the UK by 31 December 2020 by having exercised a right to reside under EU law
  • Have applied for pre-settled or settled status before 30 June 2021 under the EUSS. The exception to this are Irish citizens who are not required to apply for EUSS as they have protected rights under the Common Travel Area arrangements
  • Other non UK, EU, EEA and ROI nationals will need to be settled under the meaning of immigration law as was previously the case and this remains unchanged

If you are an EU/EEA student and you started your course in 2020/21 or earlier:

  1. Existing rules around financial support and home fees will still apply
  2. This means you will retain your fee status as long as you remain on the same course of study

Pre-settled status

Applicants that declare one of the below statuses on their application will be requested to complete a Fee Assessment Form so that we can determine your fee status:

  • Refugee
  • Humanitarian Protection or similar
  • Settled in the UK
  • EU Settlement Scheme

Please be aware that we are awaiting final confirmation from the UK Government on the Student Support regulations and this legislation determines the fees that we can charge students starting in September 2021. We are therefore not yet able to determine whether all non-UK nationals with pre-settled status will qualify for home fees for September 2021 entry. We will update our website once this information becomes available.

International fees

Following the end of the UK’s transition period on 31 December 2020, if you are a EU, EEA or Swiss national student starting a course in the academic year 2021/22, you will become subject to international fees.

In addition, you will need to apply for a Student Visa prior to arrival to study at LJMU, see further information.

Fees for deferring students

If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national student who has deferred your entry from 2020/21 to 2021/22, you will be assessed for your fee status in line with all other 2021/22 applicants above, as no transitional arrangements are available. 

If you have any questions or need expert advice, please get in touch with one of our advisers.

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