SOAS University of London


Fee Status

Fee status can either be Home or Overseas. The main criterion for Home fee status is settled residency: 3 years ordinary residence in the UK for purposes other than full-time education. The 3 year period is normally the period preceding 1 September before the start of your degree programme. 

Your fee status will not normally change during your degree programme. 

Full details on how your fee status is determined can be found on the UKCISA web-site.

EU Students: Fees and funding 2021

Due to the implications of Brexit, there are many changes affecting EU nationals who are due to begin a programme at a UK university in September 2021.The specific details on fee status and access to funding for these students has yet to be decided by the government, and there is currently a lack of clarity on the situation. We expect official governmental regulations to be published soon.

What do we know so far?
Following a statement by Secretary of State for Education, Michelle Donelan, it has been confirmed that students who are EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme will be eligible for home fee status and student financial support for the 2021/22 academic year. This applies to students who arrived in the UK before 31/12/20: if they have not done so yet, students have until 30 June 2021 to apply for Pre-settled status.

However, EU, EEA and Swiss nationals arriving after 31/12/20 who are due to start university in September 2021 will no longer be eligible for home fee status or financial support from Student Finance England. If students have citizen’s rights in the UK, there are exceptions.

As soon as the regulations are published, we will update our guidelines accordingly.

Fee Status Query at Application Stage

Assessments are based on the information and facts you provide at the time of application to the School. If you believe that the fee status is incorrect you should raise a query with the Admissions section (listed below) immediately. It is important to resolve any queries about fee status before enrolling on a programme as normally fee status will not change during the programme.

If you have a query about your fee status at this stage, you can contact the relevant Admissions section:

They will send you a fee status questionnaire. You should return this before enrolment with any relevant evidence. For example:

  • If you have been granted indefinite leave to remain, you must submit the relevant pages from your passport or a letter from the Home Office confirming your status
  • If you have been working overseas on a temporary contract, you must submit a copy of your contract and the conditions of your employment

On receipt of the completed questionnaire, and relevant evidence, we will then review the decision on your fee status and you will be informed of the outcome.

Appeal Process

Once you receive a final decision on your fee status by Admissions, after submission of a completed Fee Status Questionnaire and full evidence, you may feel that you want to appeal that decision. You will need to read the  SOAS Fee Status Assessment Policy and Procedures (msword; 16kb)  before submitting an appeal.

Appeals can be made at any time up until one calendar month after the start of your programme. A completed  Fee Status Appeal Form (msword; 36kb)  should be sent to or Appeals are assessed by the Fee Status Assessment Panel and the decisions of the Panel are final.

Changes in Fee Status after Enrolment

There are some rare situations where your fee status may change after enrolment - you will need to review the  SOAS Fee Status Assessment Policy and Procedures (msword; 16kb)  to see if you qualify. If a student is eligible to have their fee status reassessed during the programme the new fee status will apply from the start of the next academic year.  

Please note that reassessment is not applied retrospectively.