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 not an EU national. 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:

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

Requesting a review of your fee status

If you disagree with your fee status after the assessment you should first request to have it reviewed. You should email the relevant office asking 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.

Appeal your fee status

If, after the review, you believe there are grounds why your fee assessment is still incorrect, you can appeal the decision by emailing feeappeals@sussex.ac.uk, explaining why you disagree with the outcome of the review.

We will reassess your case and 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, such as:

  • if your circumstances change (for example, you become an EU national or get refugee status) so that you may potentially qualify for a different fee status. UKCISA set out the limited circumstances in which a student’s fee status can change part-way through their course; information is available on the UKCISA website. Securing funding from the Student Loan Company does not automatically ensure that your fee status will be changed
  • if you can evidence that the University made a material error in its initial fee assessment which affected the outcome of the fee assessment
  • if you met the criteria for a different fee status at the point of registration, but this information was not reasonably available to you at the time.

If you are appealing a fee status decision at the beginning of an academic year, we will require you to supply all relevant information by the end of the third week of teaching. Otherwise any new fee status would apply from the next time that fees are due (normally the next academic year, or for Masters students, the next term/semester).

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