Fee status

The tuition fee you pay depends on your fee status category and if you are classified by the UK Government as ‘home’, ‘European Union (EU)’, ‘Channel Islands and Isle of Man’ (‘Islands’) or ‘overseas’.

Undergraduate students taking part in lab work at the University of Sussex

Check your fee status

We charge fees at different levels:

  • Home/EU rate and Islands rate (Channel Islands and Isle of Man)
  • overseas rate.

Our fees are subject to annual inflation and may change in line with government policy.

Check your fee status
(UKCISA website)

Fee status classification

You normally pay fees at the home/EU rate if you meet both of the following criteria:

  • you are from the UK or EU
  • you have been living in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years before the start of your first academic year at Sussex.

There are also other requirements.

If you're a UK/EU national, this doesn't guarantee that you will pay fees at the Home/EU rate as you must meet all residency requirements to qualify. 

You also may pay fees at the Home/EU rate if you:

  • are a refugee
  • have another type of residency status
  • have been living in a British overseas territory. 

The government rules around fee categories are complicated, and you must meet all the fee status eligibility criteria to qualify for paying fees at the Home/EU rate.

If you don't meet all the criteria, you'll be charged fees at the overseas rate.

You normally pay fees at the overseas rate if you are from outside the EEA. Check which countries are in the EEA

You can also check the latest information on paying fees if you are from the EU and see our term dates.

If your fee status is unclear

Your offer letter will include your fee status and the fees you have to pay.

We'll contact you to ask for more information if your fee status isn't clear, and may ask you to fill in a fee status questionnaire and provide extra documents. 

If you are a Masters student, you can fill in the Masters fee status questionnaire [DOCX 26.98KB] and send it to pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk

We'll then assess this information and contact you to confirm your fee status.

Appeal your fee status

If you disagree with your fee status after we assess you, email one of the following offices to ask for a fee status review:

You can submit extra evidence and we might ask for more information. We then send you an email or letter to confirm your status.

If you think your fee status is incorrect after this assessment, write to the Head of the Office of Complaints, Appeals and Regulations at the following address to appeal this decision: 

Head of the Office of Complaints, Appeals and Regulations
SSRO, Bramber House   
University of Sussex  
Brighton, BN1 9QU  
United Kingdom

We then review your case, assess your fee status, and the Head of the Office will respond to confirm our final decision on your fee status classification. 

You must submit any appeal of your fee status classification before you start and register on your course.

After you register, your fee classification will not normally change except in certain circumstances (for example, you become an EU national or get refugee status).

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