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Tuition fees are higher for overseas students than for Home fee status students.

Currently, in order to be considered as a Home fee status student for tuition fee purposes, you generally need to either live in one of the EU member states or have indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK.

In addition, you need to have lived in the European Economic Area (EEA) for the last three years, not solely for educational purposes.

Some students from the EEA and Switzerland* may also be eligible for Home fee status and financial support available to EU students.

The Universities Minister for England announced on 28 May 2019:

EU students starting university in 2020/21 academic year will have guaranteed home fee status and financial support for the duration of courses in England... and will remain eligible for undergraduate and postgraduate financial support, Advanced Learner loans as well as FE and apprenticeships support, whether a deal for leaving the EU is in place or not.

As the UK negotiates its exit from the European Union, EU students should regularly check for updates.

Further information

If you're still unsure about your fee status or you think you may be liable for overseas fees, request a fee status assessment questionnaire from any of the College admissions offices and complete and return it with your application form.

You should consult your College as soon as possible if there is any doubt about your fee status classification. Please note that it is not possible to formally assess fee status until the point of application.

In addition, you can seek advice from UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA): / +44 (0) 20 7788 9214 (Monday to Friday, 1pm-4pm). 


*Guidance on fee status for children of Swiss nationals

The University and the Colleges interpret the current fee regulations slightly differently from the Student Loans Company (SLC) when it comes to assessing the status of applicants where one or other parent is a Swiss national. Noting that this is not the only qualifying criterion, Cambridge (in contrast to the SLC) does not require the relevant parent(s) to be exercising their free movement rights in the UK in order to qualify for the regulated (home/EU) fee. Children of Swiss nationals, however, must still be “ordinarily resident” in the UK immediately prior to commencing the course (which does not include a short holiday before studying), and otherwise meet the other requirements of living in the EEA for the three years before study.