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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 UK government has issued the following statement regarding funding for EU students:

The government has today (21 April 2017) confirmed that EU students will continue to remain eligible for undergraduate, master’s, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support in academic year 2018 to 2019.

The decision means EU students applying for an undergraduate or master’s course at an English university or further education institution in the 2018 to 2019 academic year will continue to have access to student loans and grants, even if the course concludes after the UK’s exit from the EU.

EU students are eligible for home fee status, which means they are charged the same tuition fees as UK students. Other non-EU, international students do not have their tuition fees capped in this way.

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

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.